Resident Evil : After Life
Cast: Milla Jovovich, Ali Larter
Direction: Paul W S Anderson
A science fiction/horror-action hybrid, the first three Resident Evil movies were a videogamer's delight. Desperately seeking to surpass the success of the 'trilogy', Milla Jovovich goes gunning for ghouls a fourth time around.
Pitted against a variety of mean monsters and devil dogs, the one-woman demolition army continues to search for survivors in a zombie wasteland. The grisly goings-on induce a feeling of déjà vu rather than one of dread.
The franchise's regular writer, Paul W S Anderson, who also helmed the first installment, returns as director.
Even more preposterous than its predecessors, Resident Evil: After Life abandons any aspirations to plot or character development.
Everything in the movie is at the service of cheap scares.
To Anderson's credit, some of the set-pieces like the skirmish with a masked axe-wielding maniac are fairly effective. On the other hand, the decibel level is amped up from loud to ear splitting and the computer-aided effects are run-of-the mill. The whole ghoulish gambol peters out into a nap-inducing gore-fest.
Expectedly, Ms Jovovich dominates the footage. The rest of the cast has little to do and does it poorly.
Those who don't mind going through the derivative route may find the effort worth their while. Others can only hope that the video game inspired series is finally over.