Resident Evil: Afterlife, the fourth film in the live-action Resident Evil film series, takes place four years after the global T-Virus outbreak as described in Extinction. In a desperate attempt to destroy Umbrella once and for all, Alice carries out a large-scale assault on the corporation's Tokyo headquaters. Alice's assault leaves her without the T-Virus in her system, but also finishes off the larger remnants of the Umbrella Corporation and leaves chairman Albert Wesker for dead.Six months after her Tokyo assault, Alice heads to Alaska to look for Arcadia, the supposed safe haven from the T-Virus where several other survivors had headed. Alice finds an amnesiac Claire Redfield while in Alaska, but neither of them find any sign of Arcadia, so the two fly along the coast to look for another safe haven. When they reach Los Angeles, Alice and Claire find more survivors and a few unexpected surprises — including the origin of the Arcadia message...
Resident Evil: Afterlife contains examples of the following tropes:
Bolivian Army Ending: Alice, Claire, and Chris defeat Wesker and free the prisoners in the Arcadia — then watch a squadron of Umbrella troops led by a mind-controlled Jill Valentine descend upon them.
Book Ends: The message for any survivors to come to Arcadia falls under this trope.
Bottomless Magazines: Despite being based on Resident Evil, the film employs this trope in heavy doses.
Revolvers are used frequently throughout the film, but the only time anyone is ever seen reloading them is when Alice and Chris are in the armory.
Played with a bit in that guns can be emptied of bullets. However, everyone just tosses them and gets new ones out of the bottomless bags from the armory, except for Alice's dual shotguns, which are only fired once per gun per action sequence anyway.
Cat Scare: Claire shrieks when she's crawling through the tunnels and suddenly meets Luther. Earlier, Alice hears a sound when she's about to take a shower, only to find someone trying to perve on her. Then Majini attack anyway.
Celebrity Survivor: Luther, a former pro basketball player, is one of these. A faded billboard of Luther shilling fancy watches can be seen from atop the building where Alice lands. Bennett and Crystal also qualify, since they were a movie producer and a struggling actress respectively before the T-Virus outbreak. Luther and Crystal hate Bennett, who thinks he still has privileges due to his pre-outbreak status in Hollywood.
Famous Last Words: "Oh God, I just want to go home. Aaaah!" Bennett, right before Wesker eats him alive.
Genre Savvy: Nobody really asks questions about the Majini or the Executioner (beyond a "What the heck is that?" for the latter). They just deal with it.
Alice's reaction to finding Wesker alive and sitting in a Cool Chair is, "Why am I not surprised?"
Giant Space Flea from Nowhere: The Executioner and the Majini appear out of nowhere, although it's subtly implied Wesker is responsible for them. Nobody is the least bit curious where a ten-foot-tall zombie...thing that can use an axe came from.
I'm a Humanitarian: This isn't for zombies anymore. Regenerating from the huge explosion at the beginning of the film caused an imbalance in Wesker's T-Virus mutation. The imbalance forces Wesker to regularly ingest "fresh DNA" to maintain the balance — in other words, he needs to eat people to stay human. Emphasized in that his mutations seem to intensify with each otherwise-lethal blow he sustains during the final fight. It's kind of scary to imagine what state he was in when he ate Bennett to restore the balance.
It's the Only Way to Be Sure: Raccoon City is destroyed by missile strike to purge the infection (and cover up the evidence). In the fourth film, Umbrella's corporate headquarters in Tokyo is consumed in an expanding plasma fireball to contain an infestation of Alice clones.
Karmic Death: Bennett receives one. Kim, due to reluctantly helping Bennett and hesitating jumping into the sewer during the escape, gets vivisected by the Executioner.
Lamprey Mouth: Wesker acquires a retractable one after the T-virus begins overpowering him.
Large Ham: Wesker is one here, but he's nowhere near the level of ''RE5'''s Wesker.
The Load: Bennett is too arrogant and Kim is too cowardly to do anything useful.
Made of Iron: Even after losing her powers and being Brought Down to Normal, Alice is still able to walk away from a massive VTOL crash-explosion and suffer a brief bout of unconsciousness after getting smashed across the room with a giant hammer. Additionally, she quickly shrugs off being impaled through the wrist by a large blade during the fight with Wesker on the Arcadia.
Wesker is a villainous version, given that he manages to recover and casually walk away from damage that action movie convention dictates should be enough to kill any other supervillain, right up to having a good chunk of his head blown off and having his corpse riddled with bullets by the heroes just to make absolutely sure.
Meaningful Name: The refuge Alice and her friends are looking for is called Arcadia. When Alice finds the diary, there is a sentence in Latin scrawled on top of the page with the supposed location of Arcadia. It starts with "Et in Arc-". The complete sentence could be Et in Arcadia Ego, a sentence which has many meanings. One meaning is a memento mori, and if this meaning is used, the sentence translates to something Death says: "Even in Arcadia/Paradise, I am there."
No Kill Like Overkill: The bomb Wesker uses to wipe out the Umbrella facility leaves very little doubt as to what happened to Alice's clones.
Wesker is badass enough to apparently survive his own nuking.
Not a Zombie: Claire's initial frenzied attack on Alice; she's filthy and has Barbarian Long Hair in contrast to the usually immaculate post-apocalypse look of female characters. It's not till Alice knocks her out (damaging the mind control spider) that she realises who Claire is.
Oh, Crap: A nonverbal but apparent one when Wesker sees the nuke he just activated to blow up the base he's escaping is actually on board his escape craft.
Out of Character: Chris is much more like Billy Coen (quiet, refuses to tell anyone why he's imprisoned, insists you help him and that he'll return the favor after, gives an air of "murderer" than "super cop"), and is less lampshade-y than his Resident Evil 5 incarnation.
Wesker, in a weird inversion. It fits his earlier, quieter incarnations than his Large Ham self in Resident Evil 5. Even while he's gloating, he never raises his voice above a conversational tone or is completely smug about his plans. He also needs to eat people to keep his upgrade in check, as opposed to giving himself regular shots.
Outrun the Fireball: Wesker outflies the massive detonation that destroys Umbrella's Tokyo base and much of the city above it. Subverted at the end, when he tries to play this straight outrunning a similar detonation on the Arcadia, only to realize (too late) that Alice's group had moved the bomb onto his own escape vehicle.
Punny Name: One character described as an excellent swimmer is named "Crystal Waters".
The Plot Reaper: A majority of the Los Angeles survivors are killed; they were in the way of the plot.
Remember the New Guy: At the climax, Wesker appears to know both Chris and Claire despite no indication the characters have any history together in the universe of the films, since Wesker is Chairman of Umbrella and Chris is ex-army rather than S.T.A.R.S.
Retcon: In the beginning of Extinction, the voiceover says that the T-Virus destroyed the environment and showed all the water on Earth drying up. Notwithstanding the impossibility of the water disappearing, that plot point doesn't even survive the end of the film it appears in: Tokyo is shown in a rainstorm at the end. By Afterlife, the Pacific Ocean is right back where they left it.
Sequel Hook: There's one for Retribution. Jill, in her battlesuit, is leading a squadron of Umbrella VTOLs towards the Arcadia.
Also, a parachute can be seen opening in the distance in the movie's obligatory Disney Death revelation. This implies that Wesker survived the earlier destruction of his helicopter and that he'll return.
Shout-Out: There's plenty of these to Resident Evil 5.
Alice jumping off an exploding rooftop while holding onto a cable for dear life could be seen as a Die Hard reference.
The poster may also reference the "death" of Trinity from The Matrix Reloaded, as Alice is in a similar position to Trinity prior to the latter being shot by an Agent in pursuit of her.
The plasma bomb destroying the Tokyo base looks like the opening of AKIRA.
Shower Scene: Averted; Luther introduces Alice to the prison shower. The Majini attack before she even gets her clothes off.
Shown Their Work: The fight between Wesker, Chris, and Claire recreates moves and camera angles used in a fight scene between Chris, Sheva, and Wesker in Resident Evil 5.
The Executioner's designed is the same as his game counterpart, save for a lowered HP stat (then again, nobody knows the strength rating of those quarters).
The only change to Jill's battlesuit is that it's purple instead of blue, and they decided to go all cleavage initially rather than waiting to show the mind control spider (in the game, she tore open her suit in a brief moment of lucidity to show Chris what he needed to do to help her).
The Starscream: Considering what Wesker does with Umbrella in the game series, it's notably averted with Wesker in the film series, as he notably doesn't even attempt to backstab Umbrella for more power. Then again, considering how Wesker was made the chairman and the implied founder of Umbrella in the film adaptations rather than a high-ranking member of Umbrella's researcher division who went rogue, this is probably justified as he doesn't even need to usurp Umbrella for his own agenda, as Umbrella is his agenda.
Super Soldier: Alice, as per the revelation in Extinction. However, Wesker is also revealed to be the same as Alice, and it is strongly implied that Wesker was one long prior to Alice's creation, thus making him a Psycho Prototype.
Bag of Spilling: Alice and Chris only take a single bag full of weapons with them, and they're either Throwaway Guns or dropped with explosives for some reason.
We Have Reserves: During the attack on Umbrella's Tokyo headquarters, Wesker orders the building's lobby to be flooded with toxic gas while the majority of the Alice clones are there. When the security chief objects on the grounds that several of their own mooks are also in the lobby, Wesker's response is to shoot the security chief in the head at point blank range.
What Happened to the Mouse?: Jill returns in a post-credits scene; she's revealed to be under Umbrella's control thanks to the same mind-controlling device seen on Claire earlier in the film. This is subverted with K-Mart, since she's in cryostasis aboard the Arcadia.
The credits points out Sienna Guillory's role as Jill before she is shown.