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Resident Evil: Afterlife

Movie review by
Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media
Resident Evil: Afterlife Movie Poster Image
Fourth film in gory, video game-based series is now in 3-D.
  • R
  • 2010
  • 90 minutes

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 10 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 26 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Most of Alice's concerns in this installment are with being human. She loses her "superpowers" and is grateful for the chance to be normal again. But her humanness means nothing without companionship, so she does anything she can to find more survivors. The humans in this movie try to work together to solve problems, even if some of them aren't trustworthy.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Despite her penchant for violence, Alice is a strong female character -- brave, highly trained and skilled. She cares for others and risks her own well being to help others. (Only once does she let a fellow human die on purpose.)


Strong fantasy/action violence, including lots of guns, blades, throwing stars, slicing and dicing, biting, explosions, and martial arts fighting. Some scary moments as zombies jump out and attack; their faces open up into creepy teeth and tendrils. Characters shoot other characters in the head, and viewers see decapitations. One giant zombie attacks people with a huge homemade hammer/scythe. Alice has a gun that shoots coins and does a lot of damage. Alice is stabbed with a hypodermic needle. In one scene, a plane swoops too low over a field of zombies and leaves a huge red smear.


Women wear skimpy and/or tight clothing.


Several uses of "f--k," but language isn't too frequent overall. Other words include "s--t," "hell," "bitch," "goddamn," and "ass."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Resident Evil: Afterlife is the fourth film in the sci-fi/horror series based on a video game and the first to be presented in 3-D -- which makes the near-constant fantasy violence (fighting, decaptiations, gross monsters, lots of weapons, zombie attacks) even more intense. The strong female hero, Alice, battles both a horde of the mutant zombie creatures and the evil corporation responsible for the outbreak that caused them. Language is infrequent, but "f--k" is used several times. This series continues to grow in popularity, and it's likely that teens will be champing at the bit to see it.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bykra September 21, 2010

Just about what you'd expect from a Resident Evil sequel

I didn't select "too violent" because, come on, it's Resident Evil we're talking about. Of COURSE there's violence. But as these... Continue reading
Adult Written byTV-14-DLSV Teen Boy January 29, 2012

I think that Resident Evil Afterlife is A Good Movie!!!!

I think that Resident Evil Afterlife is the best movie in the scifi/horror series. I saw it in The Deer Park Movie Theater in Palatine in 3D. The 3D effects w... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byVictorfilth818 September 17, 2010
Love this Movie Badass Graphics I love The Executor with his badass blunt Ax
Teen, 14 years old Written byantoineisthebest April 15, 2011

What's the story?

In RESIDENT EVIL: AFTERLIFE, Alice (Milla Jovovich) manages to infiltrate the secret underground headquarters of the Corporation. The man in charge, Albert Wesker (Shawn Roberts), escapes and blows up the entire compound. He also manages to inject Alice with a serum that will destroy her superpowers and make her human again. She resolves to find more survivors, following a rescue signal. She runs into her old friend, Claire (Ali Larter), and then finds a bunch of humans trapped inside an empty prison building in Los Angeles. They discover that the signal is coming from a ship just off the coast, but how can eight humans get out of a building totally surrounded by hordes of the undead? And even if they do, how do they know the ship is really safe?

Is it any good?

Written and directed by Paul W.S. Anderson -- who returns to the series for the first time since the original film -- this movie has an interesting look and some good, streamlined action sequences. It also has an interesting element in which several humans with opposing points of view come together to battle a greater evil.

Anderson also sets up some interesting potential sub-themes -- such as a collection of Hollywood people hiding out from the zombies, as well as the idea of the evil corporation -- but he fails to really take these anywhere. Any emotional involvement or intelligence is cut down for the benefit of keeping things moving, which, in this kind of movie, is actually a good thing. All in all, Resident Evil: Afterlife is not particularly smart or original, but it's also not all that bad.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the violence in Resident Evil: Afterlife. How did it make you feel? Were you scared? Were you grossed out?

  • Is Alice a strong female role model, or is she a stereotype?

  • How do the Resident Evil movies compare to the video games they're based on? Which is more entertaining -- the interactive zombie-killing experience, or the passive one?

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