Paul W.S. Anderson
21 September 2007 (USA)
Action | Horror | Sci-Fi | Thriller
We Have Witnessed The Beginning... We Have Seen The Apocalypse... Now We Face Extinction...
Survivors of the Raccoon City catastrophe travel across the Nevada desert, hoping to make it to Alaska. Alice (Jovovich) joins the caravan and their fight against the evil Umbrella Corp. full summary | full synopsis (warning! may contain spoilers)
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Right director for this installment!
Milla Jovovich ... Alice
Oded Fehr ... Carlos Olivera
Ali Larter ... Claire Redfield
Iain Glen ... Dr. Isaacs
Ashanti ... Betty
Christopher Egan ... Mikey
Spencer Locke ... K-Mart
Matthew Marsden ... Slater
Linden Ashby ... Chase
Jason O'Mara ... Albert Wesker
Mike Epps ... L.J.
Joe Hursley ... Otto
John Eric Bentley ... Umbrella Tech
James Tumminia ... Lab Tech
Kirk B.R. Woller ... Scientist
Of all movies made of video game franchises, Resident Evil is by it's own right a fairly entertaining series of films. The games have always been a standout amongst others, so why shouldn't the film adaptations.
Extinction is by far the best of the three. Mulcahy was the right choice of director for this one. His atmospheric eye and fearless sense of close-ups take you for a 1 1/2 hour ride (that doesn't feel like you wasted your 8 bucks).
The attention to detail and finally plot that that resolutes, not to mention the film's tight editing make this an entertaining ride.
You finally care about why this event has happened, and most importantly you have characters who seem to care as well.
Not a perfect film, but reasonably close. Will there be a fourth installment? I am pretty sure we all know the answer to that.
Who will take the responsibility from here? That we must wait to see...
Movies based on computer games generally aren't well respected, but just because they aren't high art doesn't mean they can't be highly enjoyable. The only catch is that you need to be a fan of computer games to appreciate them. Resident Evil: Extinction is the third movie in the massively popular Resident Evil franchise, and it's probably the best one yet.
Between Resident Evil: Apocalypse and Extinction, the zombie-creating T-virus has spread far beyond the doomed Raccoon City; now the human race is almost extinct (hence the title). When a convoy of survivors meets up with the genetically-altered Alice, the shadowy Umbrella Corporation does everything in its power to take them down and reclaim her; but Alice isn't giving up without a fight...
Resident Evil: Extinction is part zombie movie, and part post-apocalyptic survival yarn. The big set pieces use CGI that doesn't look anything like reality, but does look very much like a computer game, which is possibly intentional--since this is a sequel to an adaptation, Resident Evil: Extinction does tend to assume a built-in audience which is already familiar with the various quirks of the franchise. If you're a fan of the games, you'll enjoy the various references to game characters and events; if not, you might feel a bit left out. It's not the best entry point to the franchise if you're a complete newcomer, but if you've seen the other films, it's a hell of a lot of fun. -- Sarah Dobbs
It's three years after the action of Resident Evil: Apocalypse and the world has turned to desert in this third film based on the now-classic video game Resident Evil. Survivors of the zombie-making T-virus are few and far between, but Alice (Milla Jovovich) treks her way across the desolate landscape, fending off zombies and fighting the Umbrella Corporation. Not only is the company responsible for the virus and the state of the world but their experiments also turned Alice into a super-human fighting machine. She reunites with Carlos (Oded Fehr) and L.J. (Mike Epps) when she joins with a caravan of people led by Claire Redfield (Ali Larter, Heroes). Together, the band battles the undead as they make their way to the promised safety of Alaska.
The zombies of Resident Evil: Extinction have more in common with the fast-moving fiends of 28 Days Later than with the lumbering creatures of George A. Romero's classic Night of the Living Dead. However, this film doesn't limit itself to human zombies; instead, there's horror to be found in undead dogs and crows too. But none of these are any match for Jovovich's Alice. Whether clad in chaps and shorts or a slinky red dress and boots, Jovovich is dressed to kill as she takes down the zombie hordes with a lethal combination of guns, knives, and a powerful pair of legs. Just as in Ultraviolet and The Fifth Element, the actress has perfected the role of the dangerous beauty, and this film's blend of butt-kicking action and horror-movie scares provides the perfect opportunity for her to shine.