While $60m made off of a $60m production of a third sequel may not seem like a recipe for a continued franchise, it’s a bit different when that third sequel’s foreign box office very nearly exceeds the total foreign receipts for all of the previous films combined and takes its worldwie total to a gnat’s ass from $300m. There was a 3D bump involved of course, but Afterlife still showed the Resident Evil franchise was as healthy as ever in the states, and had LOTS of room to grow overseas. As a result, Retribution

Weird: Notice that this Sony films starts with the traditional fake ad that, unlike previous trailers with their patently fake commercials for unrealistic products that tie into the franchise, this one may as well be a real commercial for Sony products and has no meta value at all. I wonder how many views they’ll lose to people clicking away because of such a convincing “faux” ad…

Regardless, at this point yeah, that looks like a Resident Evil movie trailer (set to trendy Tron music of course). I’ve seen not ‘a one of these films, but it may be time to catch up (especially since I’ve been getting unexpected and bizarre recommendations for Afterlife and even PWA’s Three Musketeers from people that matter lately).

Here’s the film’s synopsis and the giant still they floated around today, as well as one from Facebook. Also, Capcom appropriately announced the sixth RE game today as well.

The fourth installment of the hugely successful RESIDENT EVIL franchise,
RESIDENT EVIL: AFTERLIFE is again based on the wildly popular video game series, and will this time be presented in 3-D.

In a world ravaged by a virus infection, turning its victims into the Undead, ALICE (Milla Jovovich), 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 takes 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.

I’ll grant that the trailer definitely seems to up the scale and retain the feel. And I sure wouldn’t fuck with this face:

Would you?

Any chewers excited to hop into the theaters and behind the glasses for this one?

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