The moment you thought Resident Evil movie franchise had nothing to offer Paul W.S. Anderson gave it fresh restart. RE Afterlife took another dimension, speaking figuratively as well. And it looks like Anderson has only started seeing a huge hint for the next movie at the end of Afterlife. Will Resident Evil become first action soap opera? Only time will tell. The following text is purely subjective matter so don't trust it too much.
When I heard of Resident Evil Afterlife I wasn't pleased since there was nothing to expect from the franchise after RE Extinction. Squadron of superpowered Alice and zombie apocalypse - how much interesting ideas can you invent from that to turn them into a movie? Movie that would restart whole franchise. Anderson wasn't a director who could pull this off, and even Matrix-like trailer looked too suspicious to be a good movie. I wasn't in cinema theater for ages since I gave up on Hollywood deciding to keep my money they didn't deserve. But this time I was willing to pay to see Milla in 3D and listen to Tomandandy. I had bad expectations but fortunately I was wrong, I don't remember I enjoyed something as much (I guess Matrix was pretty cool in 3D but I never saw it). I have to confess it was first movie I saw in 3D which also adds more impressions to it. Not much of a plot but a lot of visuals. Sadly though it's a movie made for the theater watch and won't be as good at home unless you have huge 3D TV and 5.1 sound. A lot of things were taken from RE5 game which gave a little nostalgic feeling. Milla also had grey jacket with 'АРМИЯ' writing on it, referring to her Russian roots :) I've got only two minor complaints about the movie. First is Chris. No matter how Miller tries he's not Chris (the same happened with 'wrong' actors for Claire and Carlos, only Wesker was pretty good). Second is Jill and for that you have to see it for yourself. I was also expecting to hear Tomandandy soundtrack, I knew the guys from 'Mothman Prophecies' which was one of my favorite soundtracks. And I was pleased to hear what they did for RE Afterlife, which has the best OST in the series so far. I'm thinking to see it again and I'm looking for the next installment. With fear it won't be as good.
Resident Evil movies are very subjective thing, especially among game fans. Being fan of the game series myself for around 12 years I enjoy movie franchise. Partially, because I've seen worse movies. Partially, because I'm big Milla Jovovich fan since her Luc Besson era. And partially because I find them entertaining enough without being too dumb (unlike Hitman or Underworld: Evolution). Despite that I still refer to Paul W.S. Anderson RE screenplay job as childish, he's not type of director who can offer intellectual entertainment, but these days who can? The only solution to this problem I found was to sit down and enjoy the movie without any expectations and prejudice.