Resident Evil: Extinction Review
Resident Evil: Extinction is the third movie in the Resident Evil live-action movie franchise after Resident Evil and Resident Evil: Apocalypse. It is actually the first movie that I watched on my then new Full HD TV so I was quite impressed with the visuals. But even the commercials wowed me back then. That’s quite a few years ago, so naturally I watched it again to see if it held up. And I think it did.
Milla Jovovich is back in the third chapter of the hugely successful Resident Evil franchise! This action-packed horror film is set in the Nevada desert and filled with intense special effects and more zombie terror! Las Vegas means fun in the sun. Well? at least the sun is still there. Except for a few rusting landmarks, it looks pretty much like the rest of the desert – or the whole country, for that matter. The crowds are now flesh-eating zombies: the mass undead, the oozing, terrifying sludge of what remains. Here, the newly upgraded Alice, along with her crew (Oded Fehr, Mike Epps, Ali Larter, Ashanti) will make a final stand against evil – with one goal: to turn the undead dead again.
Some people say that Resident Evil: Extinction is the worst of the Resident Evil movies but I think that it’s much better than Resident Evil: Apocalypse. Apocalypse seemed to have been made with a checklist of things from the games that should be included in the movie rather than an actual plot. Extinction, on the other hand, has a clear and mostly coherent plot. That’s not to say that they didn’t have a checklist for Extinction either. A totally unnecessary Albert Wesker did make a brief appearance.
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The movie starts off with Alice waking up naked. She must be used to that by now as it seems to be a recurring theme of the Resident Evil movies. Not that I’m complaining. I could go into more details about the beginning but I wouldn’t want to spoil the early twist to the story. The story takes place five years after the events of Resident Evil: Apocalypse.
Most of the movie is set in the desert and we follow Alice’s Adventures through the desert as well as a group that’s led by Claire Redfield. Here is what Alice had to say in a voice-over at the beginning of the movie. I think it describes the situation pretty well.
The Umbrella Corporation thought they’d contained the infection. Well, they were wrong. Raccoon City was just the beginning. Within weeks, the T-virus had consumed the United States. Within months, the world. The virus didn’t just wipe out human life. Lakes and rivers dried up, forests became deserts and whole continents were reduced to nothing more than barren wastelands. Slowly but surely, the Earth began to wither and die. What few survivors there were learned to keep on the move. We avoided major cities. If we stopped anyplace too long, they would be drawn to us. Only a few at first, but then more and more. A never-ending army of undead. For those of us left, staying on the road seemed the only way to stay alive.
The apocalypse has arrived and the world has gone all Mad Max with zombies. And a crazy scientist. Apart from the Nemesis in Resident Evil: Apocalypse, the special effects have been pretty good in the Resident Evil movies and this movie is no exception. The zombie makeup is flawless and scenes of the desertified Las Vegas are great. I don’t want to say it’s a great movie but it is not a bad one. Like the first Resident Evil movie, it’s an original story and despite using characters from the vide games it doesn’t rely on the games for a storyline. Some disagree, but I think it’s better for it.
The T-virus created by Umbrella Corporation and it turns people into flesh-eating zombies.
How to kill the zombies
Chop off the head, crush the skull and of course, a bullet to the head will do it. Zombie dogs can be disposed of in the same manner. The Tyrant is a whole other story but a bit of psychokinesis might come in useful.
The were called the undead at least once.