Sony has debuted the first official trailer for "Resident Evil: Afterlife," the fourth installment in the declining "Resident Evil" franchise.
Following 2007's "Resident Evil: Extinction," "Afterlife" is set in the same world ravaged by a virus infection, turning its victims into the Undead. Milla Jovovich returns as Alice as she continues her journey to find survivors and lead them to safety. Her deadly battle with the Umbrella Corporation reaches new heights, but Alice gets some unexpected help from an old friend. A new lead that promises a safe haven from the Undead takes them to Los Angeles, but when they arrive the city is overrun by thousands of Undead – and Alice and her comrades are about to step into a deadly trap.
The trailer's focus is on emphasizing the 3D technology they’re employing in the film, using the team and technology behind the 3D used in "Avatar." The film was shot in 3D, not converted into it in the post-production process, so it should have a better look than the "Clash of the Titans" remake. However, in the trailer below you can see they’ve gone for lots of deliberate shots of things heading straight at you. Subtle 3D it is not!
This looks as action cheesy as it can get, but I am amused by the fact that they chose to say in the trailer that this was shot in 3D. At least these guys know that converting to 3D is a bad idea! This makes "Afterlife" the first video game to film adaptation in 3D.
And being a huge fan of the RE games, I can say I am still uncertain about this film. Yes, the games have moved to different locales and the genre has become more action than horror, but I think the films have gone way too overboard. I'm glad they seem to be trying to go back to the the style of the games (by bringing in new characters and creatures), but it may be too late.
And someone needs to be told that the last shot in the trailer was ripped straight out of "The Matrix Reloaded." And why is Milla Jovovich performing the same action in every scene in that trailer (pulling out kunai, gun, sword, etc.)?
"Resident Evil: Afterlife" hits theaters September 10, 2010.
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Sources: Screen Rant, Rope of Silicon, Live for Films, First Showing