Not unlike the swarms of its undead antagonists, the Resident Evil movies just keep on coming. Screen Gems has just released a second full-length trailer for the latest entry, Resident Evil: Afterlife. Loosely based on the Capcom video game series (that’s a severe understatement), the fourth film follows superhuman Alice (Milla Jovovich) in her latest attempt to take down the evil Umbrella corporation.
Like the previous trailer, this one continues to emphasize the action and 3D effects but features a decent amount of new footage while also revealing more of the story. In case you missed it, here’s the official plot synopsis for Resident Evil: Afterlife:
In a world ravaged by a virus infection, turning its victims into the Undead, Alice continues on 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 leads 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.
And here’s the new trailer:
I suppose what we can take away from this is that if you enjoyed the previous three films, Resident Evil: Afterlife looks to be more of the same. If you haven’t been a fan of the franchise up to this point, it seems unlikely that this is going to change your mind. While the movies have featured numerous characters from the games, the story and atmosphere are wildly different. They’ve managed to turn one of the definitive examples of survival horror into a sci-fi superhero story.
While I’ve personally never been on board with this approach, I have to admit all of the films in the Resident Evil series have been pretty slick-looking and distinct from one another. However, I can’t believe they’re still ripping off The Matrix (more blatantly than ever it would seem). For those disappointed by the emphasis on martial arts and psychic powers, this may be the last time you’ll have to endure those elements – last we heard, the studio was planning on a series reboot after this entry.
Resident Evil: Afterlife is directed by Paul WS Anderson (who helmed the first film) and in addition to Jovovich the movie stars Ali Larter (Heroes), Wentworth Miller (Prison Break), Spencer Locke, Shawn Roberts, Boris Kodjoe, Kim Coates, Norman Yeung and Kasey Barnfield.
What do you think of the new Resident Evil: Afterlife trailer? Are you excited by what you’ve seen of the film so far or are you ready for another take on the source material?
The film opens in regular, 3D, and IMAX theaters on September 10, 2010.
Source: YouTube via Heat Vision.