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Sunday, September 23, 2007

Resident Evil: Extinction

Director: Russell Mulcahy
Producers: Paul W.S. Anderson, Jeremy Bolt, Robert Kulzer
Starring: Milla Jovavich, Oded Fehr, Carlos Olivera, Ali Larter, Iain Glen, Ashanti
MPAA Rating: R
Running time: 95 min
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reviewed by Andrew James
     Here's a film without much to say. Hence, I have very little to say as well. But write I must. Without going back and revisiting the first two, fairly forgettable installments of The Resident Evil franchise before hand, I can say that this is likely the best in the series. Of course, that's not saying much since I consider the first picture to be barely a guilty pleasure and the second one to be bordering on atrocious (though admittedly part 2 was at a drive-in with my girlfriend at the time; so honestly I don't think I actually saw much of it).

      Milla Jovavich is back as an ass-kicking super human in a world of zombie infestation. Though in the previous films, the story was mostly set within the confines of a laboratory or military installation, this movie spans several miles of desert region in a Mad Max-esque convoy of sorts and has hundreds more of the infected to make things that much more interesting. Jovavich tags along with this nomadic group of scavengers just trying to survive in this post apocalyptic world and ends up dragging them all into a vengeful "adventure" to find the cure for the virus and of course kill the bad guys.

      This movie is less of a video game adaptation than the first two were and more that of a traditional zombie movie. Although I drew comparisons to several movies of the past fifty years (The Birds anyone?), I likened it mostly to a cross between 28 Days Later and Blade. Sounds exciting right? Well, it is, but not nearly as good as either of those two movies. It hums along admirably, but there's not a whole lot more to this movie than guns, chase sequences and more guns.

      The direction is quality and the action sequences have enough intensity to keep us interested. Without any real attachment to any of the characters, other than Alice, it's hard to care too much, but it's fun enough.

      Given the chance to watch this again, without being under the influence of intoxicants, I think I would pass on it for something more durable. Still, I'm glad for the first viewing in the theater and I think the younger and more dim-witted among us (yes, that includes myself) will have a good enough time to warrant the ten bucks.

      I haven't much else to say. If you like zombies and hot chicks who kick ass in a nicely choreographed way, Resident Evil: Extinction is the sort of popcorn fun that one can enjoy. Should you be looking for anything else, try another screen in your local multi-plex.
 


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Links:
IMDb profile - full cast and crew
Official Site
Flixster Profile for resident Evil: Extinction




 





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