When Resident Evil: Extinction came out in 2007, I was able to attend a sneak preview with some friends in tow. How was it? The poor souls who came with me to that screening still do not forgive me for their experience seeing a free movie. Resident Evil: Afterlife is just as painful.
Imagine a thirteen-year-old boy who has never seen a film in his entire life. Until one day he sees The Matrix. If he were to immediately make a film of his own following that one awesome experience, it would look a lot like Resident Evil: Afterlife. Techno bombards you, slow-mo draws out action moments, and all bullets hit their target save for the ones aimed at the protagonist. Anytime one of these elements drops into the film, you can just hear the director Paul W.S. Anderson saying, “ISN’T THIS SO COOL?!” This of course is what makes the film so damn annoying. Didn’t we all hate the kid who tried to be so cool?