Monday, January 23, 2017

Movie Review: "Resident Evil: Extinction" (2007)

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Movie"Resident Evil: Extinction"
Director: Russell Mulcahy
Year: 2007
Rating: R
Running Time: 1 hour, 34 minutes

Alice (Milla Jovovich) and the others survive in a post-zombie apocalyptic wasteland while the Umbrella corporation still tries to develop a super soldier using Alice's blood.

"Resident Evil: Extinction" is the third film in the "Resident Evil" series. It is directed by Russell Mulcahy, who is probably best known for directing the 1986 cult classic "Highlander." Once again, Paul W.S. Anderson returns as the writer for this installment. Also returning is Milla Jovovich, reprising her role as the superhuman Alice, as well as Mike Epps and Oded Fehr as L.J. and Carlos. Finally, Ian Glenn returns as the maniacal Dr. Isaacs, who is still busy trying to develop the perfect super soldier with the T-virus.

Despite having the same writer in every installment thus far, we have received three distinctly different films in terms of tone and look. The first film is slow, dark and horror-driven, and it is also quite self serious. The second installment is much more wild and goofy; it's essentially an over the top action film with some comedic elements. This third film has shifted back to the self serious tone, but with a dusty looking overlay and takes place in a post-apocalyptic wasteland with vehicles and settings that look as if they were borrowed directly from the set of "The Road Warrior." In fact, this film hardly has an identity of its own and just seems to borrow a bunch of elements from many other better movies. There are new characters and actors added to this installment, but frankly, we really don't care about them as they aren't developed in any way. They are essentially a group of people who travel around in Mad Max cars just trying to survive this apocalypse. Meanwhile, the Umbrella corporation is still trying to develop this super soldier, as well as an antidote for the virus that spread and wiped out most of humanity, though we can't imagine why since the world is now completely destroyed. You also have to wonder who is maintaining all their equipment if the overwhelming majority of the population are the infected undead...but we may be thinking about this a little too hard.

Whatever silliness that was added in the second installment of this series is now long gone, and what we are left with in "Resident Evil: Extinction" is another run of the mill action flick that doesn't hold our attention long enough for us to car about the new character or even the plight of the old ones. The director and writer keep adding plot details and caveats that have never been discussed or present in the series before in an effort to keep things new and fresh, but we simply question these choices since they were never there in the first place. We get that the series has to evolve but, you know, you *might* want to mention that Alice is telekinetic right after it happens.

My Rating: 4/10
BigJ's Rating: 4/10
IMDB's Rating: 6.3/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 22%
Do we recommend this movie: No.

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