Resident Evil: Extinction Movie Review

Written by Rosie Fletcher

Movie released by Sony Pictures

Directed by Russell Mulcahy
Written by Paul W.S. Anderson
2007, 95 minutes, Rated 15 (UK)

Starring:
Milla Jovovich as Alice
Oded Fehr as Carlos Olivera
Ali Larter as Claire
Iain Glen as Dr. Isaacs
Ashanti as Betty
Christopher Egan as Mikey
Spencer Locke as K-Mart

Review:

A second sequel to an at-best average adaptation of a much beloved computer game penned by the genius that brought us Alien vs. Predator and starring an ex-model isn’t something to get excited about for your average cinema goer. And this movie is, indeed, nothing to get excited about. But for cheesy shoot-‘em-up-zombie thrills I’ve seen worse.

The T-virus has ravaged the planet, destroying plant and animal life and leaving humans dead, or worse, undead. Small bands of survivors travel the planet trying to make contact with others. One such band is led by Claire ("Heroes"’ Ali Larter) who, with Carlos (Alice’s love interest from the previous film), shepherds a dishevelled bunch of adults and children. Elsewhere Alice (Milla Jovovich) has grown powerful. She’s mainly staying away from crowds — kicking some ass when necessary — until she meets Claire and her gang, and it’s time to fight The Umbrella Corporation once again.

You are Alice. Your mission: kill first level punks, kill second level zombies, help Claire and the humans to safety (forfeiting as few human lives as possible), then defeat the end-of-level baddie to complete the game.

Despite this rather dull linear structure and lacklustre plot, Russell Mulcahy does a decent line in explosions, shocks and jumps (although the quiet build up to the reveal, coupled with crashing music, is dreadfully over used). There’s some decent gore, some well-paced action sequences and a couple of nice surprises at the end (although it’s unlikely the target audience is going to be all that surprised about any of this). Dialogue is hammy and credulity is stretched as you would expect, and one of the more irritating shortcomings of this movie is that a decent proportion of supporting cast are absolutely dreadful — Umbrella employees, I’m looking at you. However, while it’s predictable, it’s not boring, and while it’s cheesy, it still has a decent sense of fun.

All in all this film is no more, or less, than what you’re expecting of it.

Grades:

Movie: 2.5 Star Rating   Cover

 

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