Movie Review: "Resident Evil: Extinction" (2007)
DISCLAIMER: This review may contain spoilers.
Paul W.S. Anderson, director of "Resident Evil" and "Resident Evil: Apocalypse", picked Russell Mulcahy as the director for "Resident Evil: Extinction" based on the following criteria alone: Visual style, crane work, camera movement, and fast-cutting. This came straight from the horse's mouth itself, Paul W.S. Anderson. He even went as far as to say that Mulcahy had a big influence on himself as a director. Well, that explains a lot.
While I thought that the first two 'Resident Evil' movies weren't actually too bad, I still felt that the series could have been better off with George A. Romero in the director's chair and this third movie helps illuminate these feelings. "Resident Evil: Extinction" takes place five years after "Resident Evil: Apocalypse". The T-Virus has escaped the confinements of Raccoon City and has consumed the entire planet.
The evil Umbrella corporation has set up secret underground bunkers around the world while the survivors of the plague are left to fend for themselves on the surface. Albert Wesker is the new boss of the company and Dr. Sam Isaacs is one of his lead scientists, they're the bad guys of the film and they're toying with clones of Alice in an attempt to reverse the effects of the T-Virus through her DNA. But the clones prove to be ineffective so they must capture the real specimen herself.
Meanwhile, the real Alice is wandering through the deteriorating mid-west USA and runs into a convoy led by Claire Redfield.
Far and Away
No, not that Tom Cruise/Nicole Kidman movie, I'm talking about this junk. Aside from appearances made by a swarm of crows, several Dobermans, and the Tyrant as the film's big baddie, "Resident Evil: Extinction" completely branches away from the video game series itself.
First and foremost, they took the story and skipped five years ahead of the apocalypse instead of taking place during it. The transition between "Resident Evil" and "Resident Evil: Apocalypse" seemed more natural, but when you watch this, you're more than likely to find yourself saying: Huh? What? The world ended already? But wait, Raccoon City was the only place infected in Part 2.
These idiots just had to go down the zombie apocalypse route, didn't they? This is the one thing which the 'Resident Evil' games managed to successfully avoid doing. What they did instead was focus on fairly isolated incidents involving the T-Virus.
Even the retarded story is unrelated to any of the video games, unlike the first two movies. See, "Resident Evil" was based on "Resident Evil" while "Resident Evil: Apocalypse" was based around both "Resident Evil 2" and "Resident Evil 3: Nemesis". The second and third games both took place in Raccoon City, the setting of the second film.
Following the third game, there was "Resident Evil: Code Veronica" which was set around Paris, an island, and Antarctica; "Resident Evil 4" was set around a rural European village; "Resident Evil 5" was set in an African desert; "Resident Evil: Revelations" gave us a floating city in the Mediterranean Sea; and the upcoming "Resident Evil 6" is reportedly taking place in Hong Kong.
Las Vegas, the Nevada desert, the mid-west, and the secret underground bunkers all came from somewhere else, which leads me to my next point...
Let's All Go to the Library
The Film Library. Because that's the place to go when you can't come up with original ideas. Just come in and steal from whatever movie you wish.
"Resident Evil: Extinction" derails from the story-line of the games and instead focuses on ripping off ideas from several other movies. The most notable victims in this case are "28 Days Later", "Mad Max", "Cube", and "Day of the Dead".
There's running zombies, a sequence where Alice must dodge a series of deadly high-tech booby traps, most of the film is set in a desert environment with rusty/weathered down vehicles, there's a bunch of scientists and military people hiding in an underground bunker which is protected from thousands of zombies on the surface by a fenced perimeter. And there's even a scene with the scientists teaching one of the zombies how to use a cell phone among other day-to-day items.
HMM... DOES ANY OF THIS SOUND FAMILIAR YET!?
Another Fight? Yawn...
As you can probably figure out from the previews before watching this, "Resident Evil: Extinction" contains plenty of fight scenes, most notably Alice fighting off a variety of foes ranging from killer dobermans, zombies, super-fast zombies, and a mutated scientist.
The problem is that it's just not interesting to watch anymore. We see Alice go through one boring fight after the next and each one is just another bland opportunity to show off her special abilities again and again.
What's the point in giving us these fights if it's already crystal clear that Alice is going to win every single one of them? The suspense is gone and there's no room for doubt in this series anymore.
Why Are You in This Movie?
Yes, I'm talking to you, Ashanti. I don't understand her role as Nurse Betty in this film. She doesn't do much and she dies way too soon. What was the point again? I guess it was just to give Ashanti another shot at acting? Was Beyonce her acting coach? It sure seems like it, based on the way she delivers her lines along with her incompatible speech patterns during every scene she's in.
Only in The Beyonce Knowles School of Acting do they teach you to act as if you are, well... "acting". Seriously, did this R&B singer really need the money from this movie? Would she not make it through another year by living off the millions of dollars she already had to begin if she were to say no?
Obviously, Ashanti was desperate to get in the movie business, much like many other failed music artists who attempted to transition. The poor girl simply can't deliver any character's emotion other than her own.
What did you think of "Resident Evil: Extinction"?
Random Things That Make No Sense
- So they encounter a container filled with super zombies while in post-apocalyptic Las Vegas. The zombies just keep pouring out of this thing when its not even that big of a container to begin with, so where the heck are all the zombies coming from? Are they using one of those video game things where more and more bad guys just keep spawning out of nowhere?
- Alice saves Claire's convoy from an army of killer crows by using her psychic powers to cover blanket the sky around them with fire. Getting a little 'Matrix' now are we? Oh wait, they already crossed that line long time ago.
- A "chopper" carried all those people to Alaska!?
- The Umbrella Corporation is far more advanced, equipped with more resources than the rag-tag team of military soldiers and scientists in "Day of the Dead", yet all they could come up with is a simple fence to hold back the thousands of zombies waiting outside? I guess that's the price of stupidity one pays for wanting to rip off another movie.
- Alice and the convoy team all look pretty and clean despite their dwindling water supply.
Remedies for "Resident Evil: Extinction"
- I can't stress this one enough... STOP RIPPING OFF OTHER MOVIES!
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