Friday, September 21, 2007
Movie Reviews: RESIDENT EVIL: EXTINCTION
RESIDENT EVIL: EXTINCTION
In this third and final entry of the horror franchise, Alice (Milla Jovovich) is still on the run from the diabolical Umbrella Corporation, which has turned her into a superhuman fighting machine. Hiding in the Nevada desert, Alice teams up with a bunch of outcasts to once and for all get rid of the nasty virus that's turning the entire population into zombies.
Cast Milla Jovovich, Oded Fehr, Ali Larter, Iain Glen, Ashanti, Mike Epps (more)
Director(s) Russell Mulcahy
Writer(s) Paul Anderson
Status In theaters (wide)
Release Date Sept. 21, 2007
Running Time 95 minutes
MPAA Rating R - R for strong horror violence throughout and some nudity.
The Resident Evil franchise has always been a sort of guilty pleasure for me, mainly because I'm a sucker for zombie movies. The first 2 movies will never be accused of being original and Extinction doesn't break the mold. Here Paul Anderson and new director Russell Mulcahy borrow from everything from Road Warrior, Day of the Dead and even The Birds. This entry is loud listless and at times boring, a fatal flaw of these type of movies. Mulcahy doesn't add much as a director but instead borrows Anderson's style from the first movie. Milla Jovovich pretty much has the super heroine character down to 2nd nature and here she's as capable as she's ever been even if she's shot by Mulcahy like she was doing a make up commercial. The rest of the cast, none of which really stand out, seem to be going through the motion and deliver lines like it were a chore. As the case with these kinds of movies, the plots points tend to get more and more outlandish and while some set pieces are gory fun there are few and far between and lack any real sense of tension or danger. It's a testament to a movie's quality that a film that's only 95 minutes long feels like its 2 hours plus. As with the first 2 movies, this one is quickly forgettable and doesn't exactly break any new ground but Jovovich does have great presence as the zombie killer / jedi.