Resident Evil: Extinction (2007)

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6.5 Overall Score
Story: 5/10
Acting: 6/10
Visuals: 7/10

Better than the previous entries

Overly complex script, too digital

Movie Info

Movie Name:  Resident Evil: Extinction

Studio:  Constantin Film

Genre(s):   Horror/Action/Adventure

Release Date(s):  September 21, 2007

MPAA Rating:  R

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Alice still does not really like zombies much…

The world has been destroyed five years after the outbreak of the T-Virus in Raccoon City, and the survivors find themselves struggling for survival among the dead.  As a branch of Umbrella works to create a cure for the plague by cloning versions of Alice (Milla Jovovich), Alice wanders the wasteland.  When Alice joins a group of survivors from Raccoon City, she sets out to bring down Dr. Isaacs (Iain Glen) and the Umbrella Corporation once and for all. Unfortunately, the Umbrella Corporation has been working to domesticate the zombies, and the zombies are growing smarter.

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All the zombies want a piece of Alice!

Directed by Russell Mulcahy, Resident Evil:  Extinction was originally called Resident Evil:  Afterlife but the makers decided to name the fourth movie Afterlife.  Following Resident Evil: Apocalypse in 2004, the movie was met with mostly negative review but generally considered better than the original Resident Evil and Resident Evil:  Apocalypse.

The Resident Evil series is pretty ho-hum, but I do find this entry a step-up from Resident Evil:  Apocalypse.  The movie’s change in setting from the darkness of the first two films shows a difference in tone.  It still isn’t perfect, but it is better.

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More mutant zombie mayhem!!!

Like all the Resident Evil movies, I think that the plot is overly complex.  It is a movie about zombies, plain and simple, but the makers add all this unnecessary conspiracy stuff that just bogs it down and takes it from the realm of horror.  I realize the whole Umbrella Corporation storyline is the thrust of the series, but I wish they would let that storyline lay fallow for a film and maybe start to develop a real stand-alone film.

Milla Jovovich continues to try to control the series as Alice.  The movie once again brings in another “monster” zombie with Dr. Isaacs, but also incorporates other video game aspects with Ali Larter as Claire Redfield (whose character appeared in Resident Evil 2, Resident Evil:  Code: Veronica, and Resident Evil:  The Darkside Chronicles) and Oded Fehr as Carlos Olivera (who appeared in Resident Evil 3:  Nemesis).  Plus, Mike Epps returns as L.J. Wayne from Resident Evil:  Apocalypse.

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Where’s Tippi Hedren?

The change of setting provides a visual difference, but the movie also adds some fun sequences.  The movie incorporates the crows which played an important role in the film, and here, they make a fun reference to The Birds.  The movie however does look too digital, and the digital effects aren’t up to the standards of some of bigger films.

Resident Evil:  Extinction shows an improvement, but the series still has a ways to go to be good.  With the series showing no signs of slowing, I hope that producers start to work to make it better.  With a vow to target the Umbrella Corporation by Alice in this film, at least the movie has a solid direction.  Resident Evil:  Extinction was followed by Resident Evil:  Afterlife in 2010.

Related Links:

Resident Evil (2002)

Resident Evil:  Apocalypse (2004)

Resident Evil:  Afterlife (2010)

Resident Evil:  Retribution (2012)

Resident Evil:  The Final Chapter (2016)

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