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Resident Evil: Afterlife (2010) Poster

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During filming, Milla Jovovich accidentally shot out a $100,000 camera.
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Wentworth Miller jokingly admits he was nervous about his character Chris Redfield being similar to his Prison Break (2005) character Michael Scoffield: in both cases, he is in a prison and his first lines are "I know a way out of here".
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The weird creatures with the flower-like mouths are called majini. They are lifted directly from the game Resident Evil 5 (2009). It is interesting to note that in the game, the majini are not the result of infection with the T-virus, but with a parasitic organism. The movie does not provide an explanation for their different appearance.
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The production was set to shoot on one of Toronto's largest studios but the day before they were due to begin filming, it burned down.
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Claire Redfield wears a red vest, her primary outfit from her game appearances.
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Ali Larter missed seven episodes of her TV series Heroes (2006) in order to appear in the film.
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The original plan was to have some brief flashback sequences which would elaborate on the backstory of Chris and Claire Redfield, and reveal the ongoing search of the two siblings to find one another. This is a storyline well established in the video games, where Claire Redfield comes to Raccoon City to search for Chris in Resident Evil 2 (1998), but doesn't meet up with him until Resident Evil: Code: Veronica (2000). The idea was scrapped.
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Although never mentioned explicitly in the final cut, the script clarifies that despite Wesker's injection Alice's blood system continues to fight off the antibodies.
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The first scene is the beginning of the T-virus infection in Japan. It takes place years before the main plot of the film.
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The name of this movie "Afterlife" is the same working title that was used in the previous movie before it became "Extinction".
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(at around 5 mins) During the intro one of the snipers remarks "Biohazard terminated." Biohazard is the title of the Resident Evil series in Japan.
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After seeing footage of James Cameron's Avatar (2009), Paul W.S. Anderson was sold on the idea of making the film in 3D. He and his crew spent two weeks in pre-production learning how to properly use the 3D camera system.
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The first Resident Evil to actually shoot in all the locations depicted - Tokyo, Alaska and Los Angeles.
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With a gross of around $300 million worldwide, the film is the highest-grossing Canadian film and highest-grossing entry in the Resident Evil film series.
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The only entry in the series where Alice is not seen naked. In the original script however she had a shower scene during which she would be watched by someone or something before being attacked by monsters. Similar scene was also included in the very first script for Resident Evil movie adaptation in 1997 written by Alan B. McElroy, and in that script Jill Valentine had a shower scene while some monster is stalking her.
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The scarab device that are strapped to the survivors and the giant zombie Axeman are lifted from the video game Resident Evil 5 (2009).
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The added size and weight of the 3D cameras meant the filmmakers were unable to use a Steadicam rig. Instead, the camera operator filmed the moving and tracking shots on a Segway.
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The back-story reveals that the trip of Claire and K-Mart from Nevada to Alaska took a lot longer than they had anticipated. When Alice finds the abandoned chopper and reads the diary, there are notes written by K-Mart describing their course. They made many stops for refueling and new supplies and they eventually arrived at Alaska a few days before Alice.
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Jensen Ackles was originally considered for the part of Leon S. Kennedy.
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Shawn Roberts originally was set to audition for the part of Chris Redfield before Wentworth Miller took the role. Roberts landed the part of Albert Wesker instead, played in Resident Evil: Extinction (2007) by Jason O'Mara.
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Boris Kodjoe trained for six weeks to perform his own stunts. During filming, he dislocated his knee performing one of these stunts.
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Negotiations with Jensen Ackles to play Leon Kennedy fell through. The introduction of Leon Kennedy was finally realized in the next film and another actor was cast.
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This is the first live-action movie based on a video game to be in 3-D.
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This marks the fourth time that Paul W.S. Anderson has written the script for a Resident Evil movie. He has written all of them since the first one. This also marks the second time Anderson has directed a Resident Evil movie, something no other director has done. In an interview, Anderson stated that his dissatisfaction with Mortal Kombat: Annihilation (1997) (with which he had no affiliation) had led to him stay with the Resident Evil franchise, so that he could be responsible for how future movies turned out.
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The only film in the series to feature Chris Redfield, a character from the video games. Ironically, Chris is one of the most featured elements in the games, showing up as a playable character in six of the main series games (as of 2018, not including remakes and spin-offs).
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Filming in 3D added 20% to the budget.
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Milla Jovovich's first Resident Evil movie since becoming a mother.
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(at around 20 mins) When Alice lands at the Alaskan airfield filled with planes, there was in reality only 7 planes in the shot. The rest were added in digitally.
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In the movie, the BOW that wields a heavy ax is called the Axeman, but in Resident Evil 5 (2009), they're called Executioners.
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The sequence in Tokyo after the helicopter crash was extended. According to the script, Alice would search through the debris and would discover the body of Albert Wesker. She would shoot him repeatedly to ensure he died. After Alice left, Wesker's body would begin to regenerate and even start forming the majini mouth.
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The opening scene in the movie is quite symbolic - all people are carrying umbrellas in the rain except the zombie girl. "Umbrella" is also the name of the corporation who is responsible for the creation and spread of the T-Virus, on which the main plot of the Resident Evil series is based.
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The film was released on the same day as Resident Evil: Apocalypse (2004) six years earlier.
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The fact that Japan is one of the last areas on the planet to be infected provides a viable explanation as to why the main headquarters of Umbrella would take refuge in Tokyo.
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In past Resident Evil movies Alice has yellow-blond hair with some of her natural brown color, but in this movie, Alice's hair is not yellow-blond, but entirely brown-black.
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The first 'Resident Evil' film to be released in IMAX.
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The ship Arcadia was actually shot moored on the docks in Toronto. The docks were then all stripped out digitally.
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The plane Alice flies is a Russian-built Yakovlev Yak-52.
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The first film in the series with main credits in the beginning displaying the names of cast and crew. The previous three films had only end credits.
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Principal photography took place over a period of 55 days.
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Johnny Messner auditioned for the role of Chris Redfield.
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The coordinates shown on the screen are N61.13° W148.54°
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The first Resident Evil movie not to feature nudity.
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This is the only Resident Evil film in this series that doesn't have a novelization.
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This was the first film to feature Smith and Wesson's new .460 Magnum revolver, which replaced the .454 Casul as the second most powerful production handgun in the world after the .500 Smith and Wesson Magnum.
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Shawn and Kim played together in the movie called Skinwalkers.
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Director Trademark 

Paul W.S. Anderson: [Strong female characters] Alice & Claire Redfield
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

The superspeed that Albert Wesker manifests as well as his grudge against Chris and Claire Redfield are elements from the video games. His climactic fight with the Redfield siblings is an almost shot-by-shot reenactment of a scene directly from the game.
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The final tease that plays in the midst of the end credits with Sienna Guillory reprising her role as Jill Valentine was actually the very first scene shot.
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The intention of writer/director Paul W.S. Anderson was that this would be the first film in the series to have an optimistic ending. The producers, however, wanted an intense cliffhanger as the ending. The director added the massive attack, leaving the film open ended.
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Originally the film would end on a positive note with Alice's transmission on the Arcadia radio and the newly freed survivors assembling on the ship's platform.
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Despite prominent billing for actress Spencer Locke, her screen time is very limited since she appears briefly at the end. Additionally, the character of K-Mart does not utter a single line of dialogue during the entire film (excluding archive footage from Resident Evil: Extinction (2007)).
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The fight between Chris and Claire against Wesker is almost identical to the fight in Resident Evil 5 (2009) where Wesker fights Chris and Sheva.
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First film where Chris and Jill are both present. However Chris and Jill never meet or share any scenes in the film, unlike the Resident Evil games where the two are very close. In fact the couple have worked together in Resident Evil (1996), Baiohazâdo reberêshonzu (2012) and Resident Evil 5 (2009).
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Claire Redfield (Ali Larter) running away from the axe-wielding BOW as it slashes at her and breaks down much of the surrounding is a visual reference to Resident Evil: Code: Veronica (2000). In that game, Claire runs away from a mutated Steve as he tries to hit her with his axe.
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Chris and Claire confronting Wesker is slightly reminiscent of Resident Evil: Code: Veronica (2000). Coincidently Wesker first shows his superhuman powers in Code Veronica to Chris and Claire same as in this film Wesker first uses his powers on Chris and Claire in the films.
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Jill Valentine (Sienna Guillory), who shows up in the mid-credits scene, is being manipulated through a device she is wearing on her chest. The same thing happened to Jill in the game Resident Evil 5 (2009).
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