"Look, she's suffered some sort of memory loss..."
First and foremost, let it NEVER be said that horror is not a gay man's medium. The fake IMAX theatre in Century City was festooned with upwardly mobile homosexuals last night, hellbent on seeing the Faggotyass Best Actress of 2009 fight zombies while in her first trimester. I was invigorated (and maybe a little drunk). The time had finally come for Resident Evil: Afterlife.
I have never played video games. I have no idea what on Earth is going on in these Resident Evil movies - but who cares? Paul W.S. Anderson makes them with so much joy, you've got to be a grouch or just soulless not to appreciate their reckless abandon and complete disregard for continuity.
In this particular movie, Milla Jovovich is a on a quest to find Ali Larter. After a quick stop at Vidal Sasson in this season's best wool-lined parka, she heads off in a biplane from Japan to Alaska. Unfortunately, Ali Larter has been implanted with a robotic spider between her bosom that has left her in a state of amnesiatic savagery. Luckily, this conflict resolves itself with a quick dissolve to her lying unconscious, sans robotic spider. You may be thinking that with the Umbrella Corporation hiding around every corner, a girl doesn't have time to look her best... Not so! Just because we're some eight years into the zombie apocalypse, that doesn't mean a girl doesn't deserve a full face. You never know who she could run into. In one of the most touching sentiments of sisterhood ever captured in horror cinema (albeit off-camera), Milla applies a perfect face of 90s neutrals to Ali before they set off on an adventure down the coast. It's a good thing she did because Milla and Ali wind up making an expected pitstop in zombie-infested West Hollywood where they happen upon Ali's gay brother. Naturally. Hilarity ensues.
Even after my champagne wore off, I had a blast. The 3D is breathtaking - this is the first movie actually shot in 3D since Avatar (discounting cartoons), and it shows. Sure, the acting is nonexistent, the plot makes no sense, and the setpieces are obviously just shot in a room in Canada someplace - that's the fun! Like a delicious bag of candy corn, Resident Evil: Afterlife is the perfect film to kick-off the Autumn season and it provides ample inspiration to start our Halloween diets on Monday. How lucky can you get?
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