A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
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
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.)
Violence & Scariness
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.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Women wear skimpy and/or tight clothing.
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Several uses of "f--k," but language isn't too frequent overall. Other words include "s--t," "hell," "bitch," "goddamn," and "ass."
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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. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
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.
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