Monday, February 20, 2017

Prison Break Leeloo Flies a Plane, or Thoughts on Resident Evil: Afterlife

After we’ve established that Alice gains new powers with each film, (let’s call them character upgrades like those gamer kids do), in Resident Evil: Afterlife (2010) Alice is injected with a serum that strips the T-virus from her cells and robs her of her super strength, heightened healing abilities, and psycho-kinetic mumbo jumbo and makes her human again.  This is after leading her clones on a spectacular raid on the Umbrella Corporation’s Tokyo facility like Trinity from the Matrix except with twin katanas and CGI Ctrl-Cs/Ctrl-Vs of multiple Alices. 
Ali Larter returns as Claire Redfield, while Wentworth Miller from Prison Break is introduced as Claire’s brother Chris.  I know, can you believe it?  In this crazy zombie apocalypse world Alice lands her plane on the exact LA rooftop that Claire’s brother is on, along with Kim Coates, Tig from Sons of Anarchy as Bennett Sinclair and the impossibly handsome Boris Kodjoe as Luther West. 
Luther West and other assorted LA survivors have holed up in the natural fortifications of the Citadel Corrections Facility (and you assumed that post title referred to Wentworth Miller), besieged by a sea of zombies outside.  There’s also a new mutant named the Axeman (guess what he carries) hammering on the door like Pyramid Head from Silent Hill (2006), and much like the Dawn of The Dead (2004) remake, Alice and her new pals decide to make a break for the coast in an armored vehicle.  That goes just about as well as you’d expect in a movie like this.
Shawn Roberts is also back as Albert Wesker, the chairman of the Umbrella Corporation, now upgraded with T-virus super powers.  Watch out for the cameo by Sienna Guillory as Jill Valentine, and Japanese pop star Mika Nakashima (中島 美嘉) cameo as patient zero in Tokyo in one of the most iconic scenes in the series; standing in the rain in the center of a busy Ginza crosswalk and slowly transforming into something bitey.


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