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Film Fans: If you like the series, you'll enjoy 'Afterlife'

. 3 out of 4 stars

Yes, it’s a zombie movie. Yes, it’s the fourth one. Yes, it’s in 3-D. Even so, I loved it.

If you are a fan of the “Resident Evil” series, you will not be disappointed by the high-energy, “Matrix”-like moves, the great one-liners and the new edition of monstrosities. Sure, every plot twist ratchets up the implausibility factor another notch. And it’s still a mystery how, with everyone else getting killed, Alice manages to survive yet again. In addition, knowing the world’s population has been all but decimated, it’s never quite understood why the Umbrella Corporation continues to seek out and destroy all holocaust survivors.

But, ironically, it’s these very holes in the plot that endear us to the series. To sum it up: If you liked the first three, you’ll like this one just as much.

— Jenni McKinney, Buford

3 1/2 out of 4 stars

If you are a fan of horror or action films, “Resident Evil: Afterlife” will not disappoint.

Although I am not a big fan of 3-D, the pop-in-your-face effects are not overdone. The 3-D aspect effectively blurs the computer-generated imagery (CGI) and authentic images. I like how the “Resident Evil” movies provide extended mutations to the attacking zombies, which allow for a few more shocks.

The cast does a great job of developing empathy for the characters in their fight for survival. If you are taking the time to read a “Resident Evil” review, then do yourself a favor and see this in the theater.

— Sean Ahern, Buford

2 1/2 out of 4 stars

This is the fourth movie in this series, and the ending almost assuredly suggests a sequel. The story is well paced and spattered with excellent special effects. While there are, of course, zombie attacks, the story deals more with finding a resolution. There are some great fight scenes and the use of slow motion is fabulous. There are also some freeze frame, 360-degree shots that provide spectacular angles.

Part of what makes these movies fun and enticing is the consistency of the main character, played by Milla Jovovich, which lends familiarity to each sequel.

Except for a few shots clearly geared toward satisfying the 3-D effect, I am not so sure it is worth spending the extra money for the 3-D version.

I think you either like these movies or you don’t and it helps the enjoyment level if you’ve seen them all.

— Francine Benoit, Lawrenceville