Resident Evil: Afterlife is a 2010 Canadian-German 3D science fiction action horror film written and directed by Paul W. S. Anderson. It stars Milla Jovovich, Ali Larter, Kim Coates, Shawn Roberts, Spencer Locke, Boris Kodjoe, and Wentworth Miller. The film marks Anderson’s second time to direct in the series, the first being the first installment. It is the first to be shot in 3D and fourth installment in the Resident Evil film series, which is based on the Capcom survival horror video game series of the same name.
The film follows Alice searching and rescuing the remaining survivors in Los Angeles after the T-virus outbreak, and teaming up against Albert Wesker, the head of the Umbrella Corporation. Chris Redfield, a primary character from the video games, was featured for the first time in the film franchise. Other characters from the games and films who returned are: Claire Redfield, Chris’s sister who has lost her memory prior to the film’s events; Albert Wesker, the film’s primary antagonist; and Jill Valentine, who made a cameo appearance.
In May 2005, producers mentioned the possibility of following Extinction with a sequel titled Afterlife. Extinction was released in 2007 and was a box office success prompting Afterlife to begin development in June 2008, with the script being written by Anderson that December. Elements from the video game Resident Evil 5 (2009) were incorporated into the film. Filming took place in Toronto from September to December 2009 using the 3D Fusion Camera System.
The film was released in 3D and IMAX 3D theaters on September 10, 2010. The film grossed $60 million in the United States and Canada on an estimated $60 million budget, and made $236 million in other markets surpassing the previous film’s overseas total in the second week of release. Grossing a worldwide total of $296 million, Resident Evil: Afterlife became the highest-grossing entry of the series with the overseas total almost equaling the previous films’ overseas total combined. Resident Evil: Afterlife was released to DVD, Blu-ray, and Blu-ray 3D on December 28, 2010 in the United States.
A year after the events of Extinction, the Alice clones (Milla Jovovich) attempts to kill Albert Wesker (Shawn Roberts) at the current Umbrella Headquarters, a huge structure just beneath Shibuya Square. The clones manage to kill the entire branch, but Wesker makes his way to his private charter tiltrotor plane and escapes before activating a bomb, leaving a massive sinkhole. However, the real Alice boarded his aircraft beforehand. As she pulls a gun on him, Wesker injects her with Anti-Virus before the lack of a pilot makes the aircraft crash in the mountains outside Tokyo. Only Alice somehow survives.
6 months later, Alice travels back to America in an airplane following emergency broadcasts from a safe haven known as Arcadia in Alaska, (written of in the diary she found previously). En route, Alice locates the helicopter in which Claire’s (Ali Larter) team escaped the Umbrella facility, and is attacked by her; Alice destroys a spider-like device on Claire’s chest, giving her amnesia and pacifying her. They travel to the ruins of L.A. in a Yak-52 plane, where they find survivors living in a prison surrounded by the infected. Luther West (Boris Kodjoe) a former pro-basketball player, leads the small band which includes Wendell (Fulvio Cecere), Crystal Waters (Kacey Barnfield), Bennett (Kim Coates) and Kim Yong (Norman Yeung), and Angel Ortiz (Sergio Peris-Mencheta). With their help, Alice lands on the prison’s roof and learns Arcadia is not a fixed place, but a cargo tanker traveling along the coast. However, Arcadia has stopped broadcasting and has remained still for 4 days; since the prison is surrounded, there is no safe way to reach the ship. Claire remembers arriving at the Arcadia, but nothing else.
As they need to reach the Arcadia, Luther takes Alice to the last inmate; Chris Redfield (Wentworth Miller), who insists he fell victim to a prank, and will reveal an escape route for freedom. Luther guides Alice to the showers to clean up, but she discovers Wendell, who was trying to peep. Holding him at gunpoint, Alice is attacked by a group of Majini infected that tunneled into the prison, and take Wendell; she manages to kill them all. Out of options, they set Chris free, who explains Claire is his sister. Chris reveals the prison keeps an armored car they can use to escape. However, a giant axe-wielding monster begins breaking down the gate. Alice, Chris and Crystal go deeper into the prison to get guns from the armory; Luther and Claire reinforce the gate to keep the undead at bay. Alice, Chris and Crystal make it to the armory, but zombies attack and devour Crystal. Angel informs Bennett and Yong the car is missing its engine and it would take a week to fix. Panicking, Bennett shoots Angel, abandons Yong, and heads for Arcadia in Alice’s airplane.
The Axeman breaks down the gate, allowing the zombies into the facility. With no other choice, the group decides to use the zombie-dug tunnels to escape into the sewers. Yong is slashed in half by the Axeman, whom Alice and Claire then face. Alice is knocked out; Claire defends Alice and just before it can kill her, Alice awakes and shoots a hole in its head. The two meet up with Chris at the end of the sewers, but lose Luther to a zombie that drags him back into the tunnels.
Alice and the Redfields board the Arcadia, discovering it functional but abandoned. Claire regains her memory, revealing Arcadia is an Umbrella trap to get test subjects. They begin releasing survivors, among them K-Mart (Spencer Locke). Seeing a trail of blood from an empty test subject cell, Alice follows it deeper into the ship. Alice finds Wesker, revived by the T-virus; however, Wesker is battling the virus for control, something he believes could be pacified by fresh human DNA, causing him to attack the survivors and make the Umbrella staff flee. As Alice bonded at a cellular level with the virus and retained control, Wesker plans to eat her to gain this power.
The Redfields attack Wesker while Alice battles Bennett, who’s allied with Wesker. Wesker easily overpowers Chris and Claire, but Alice is able to defeat both Bennett and Wesker with help from K-Mart. They lock Bennett in the room with Wesker’s corpse; Bennett is devoured by Wesker when he revives. Wesker then escapes in an aircraft, activating a bomb on the Arcadia; the plane explodes instead as Alice placed the bomb there beforehand. Unbeknownst to them, Wesker parachutes away from the explosion, while Luther emerges from the sewers, battered but alive. Alice resolves to turn Arcadia into a real haven and broadcasts a new message for any other survivors. As Alice, Clarie and Chris watch over from Arcadia, it is approached by a military squadron of Umbrella aircraft.
During the post-credits scene in one of the aircraft, Jill Valentine (Sienna Guillory), who went missing after Resident Evil: Apocalypse, is dictating the attack wearing the same mind control device used on Claire.
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