Even with very popular franchises, like Indiana Jones or Star Wars, by the fourth installment the teat is starting to get pretty chaffed from all that milking. Resident Evil: Afterlife is the fourth installment in a film series based on a nine installment videogame series. By now the cow is dead, and they’re reduced to recycling old milk that wasn’t very tasty to begin with. Resident Evil: Afterlife has essentially the same plotline as all of the other films:
A genetically engineered superwoman meets up with a bunch of survivors of a zombie apocalypse caused by the evil Umbrella Corporation and tries to keep them from getting killed.
… and yet people will watch it. It will make money (it is making money – it’s at the top of the box office this weekend) and there will be a Resident Evil: Some Other Random Death Word, just like Resident Evil: Afterlife rather arrogantly assumes there will be. I’ll admit to liking the first Resident Evil movie, and to not completely hating the first sequel, Resident Evil: Apocalypse, but enough is enough already!
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If you were to search for “video game movies,” you’d find page after page of rants about how awful they all were and how none of them ever should have been made. Said rants are usually accompanied by some sort of advice on how they, the writer, would make the perfect film adaptation of their favorite video game, which has been criminally and chronically passed over for production in their opinion (which you’d think they’d be glad about given how much they hate people who make video games movies… but I digress). Some of them even have flow charts.
And yet, somehow video game movies keep getting made. This is because they are making money at the box office, at least enough to cover their production costs. Therefore, SOMEBODY must be going to them, which in turn means SOMEBODY thinks they’re worth watching. Who are these people? The video game ranters I mentioned above write them off as retards and idiots, but are they really? ARE THEY YOU?? Let’s find out.