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Overall Rating
2.9

Awesome: 11.29%
Worth A Look: 25.81%
Average: 17.74%
Pretty Bad32.26%
Total Crap: 12.9%

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Resident Evil: Extinction
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by Todd LaPlace

"“Extinction”? Promise?"
2 stars

Just when we thought we were free from the haphazard and inconsistent summer of threequels — are we all in agreement that “Spider-Man 3” sucked hard? — in limps the most inexplicable of all, a little September throwaway called “Resident Evil: Extinction.” While I’m still not entirely sure how this video game adaptation has now spawned two sequels, I suspect it has less to do with the films themselves (which are admittedly quite enjoyable, if not semi-mindless) and more to do with loyal gamers just getting fed up with all these flicks that completely suck. Remember “Double Dragon”? Well, actually, it’s probably better that you don’t.

We’ll still have to wait and see if the “Extinction” subtitle of the latest “Resident Evil” movie is a promise or merely a possibility, but just in case the flick is a success, the doors have been left wide open for a fourth. I’d just be curious to know which ominous adjective they’re going to get for it. After going through an apocalypse and an extinction, there’s not a lot of one-upping options left. Genocide? Holocaust? Dire future where the undead and a variety of zombified animals feast on the flesh of survivors until our badass heroine comes to save the day?

You’d think that by now, the Umbrella corporation would simply give trying to best their own creation, the ass-whupping Alice (Milla Jovovich), especially after she took out a seemingly unstoppable juggernaut with rockets in his arms in the apocalyptic sequel, but I guess that wouldn’t make a very good movie, now would it? After all, watching Alice slice, dice and shoot up zombies is a semi-mindless good time, but watching her stick it to a faceless corporation hell-bent on protecting its own ass makes it relevant, and isn’t that subtext the main reason we all choose to watch these zombie movies?

If you’re planning to enjoy “Resident Evil: Extinction” at all, the answer will hopefully be yes, because unlike the previous action-heavy entries, this third installment attempts to be more far more cerebral, with reasonably lackluster results. As one of Umbrella’s chief scientists, Dr. Isaacs (Iain Glen) spends much of his time watching Alice clones work their way through a series of tests, hoping to find a close enough copy to synthesize a T-virus antibody that will squelch the zombies lust for blood and make them a docile work force for the few human survivors. While the science behind all this is mildly intriguing, it’s simply in the wrong movie. We seem to get more shots of his scheming than we do of the survivors fighting their way through an endless field of fiends.

Director Russell Mulcahy (the trilogy’s third helmer) does manage to make his few moments with Alice & Co. work, especially during the much hyped blowout on a sandy Las Vegas strip. With all of the small town gas stations dry, the survivor convoy, led by the sassy Claire Redfield (Ali Larter of “Heroes”), head for the big city, which was a fine idea until they’re overrun by a cadre of super zombies that come pouring out of a tiny truck trailer seemingly by the hundreds. Once again, it seems that Alice just never quite carries enough guns and takes on the zombies with nothing but a pair of kukri knives, which is pretty much just as cool to watch as it sounds. If only such excitement wasn’t constantly interrupted by pointless zombie crow attacks and boring Umbrella bureaucracy.

Since beginning this ass-kicking journey 5 years ago, Jovovich has certainly cemented her place as a bona fide badass. Nobody looks better in a red dress designed for maximum boot-to-the-head flexibility than she does, but the act is certainly starting to wear thin. Aside from making babies with the director of the original, Paul W.S. Anderson (who continued his “Resident Evil” involvement by writing the “Extinction” script), carrying movies about mindless violence seems to be all that she can do anymore. She’s certainly getting no help from the rest of the cast, returners Oded Fehr and Mike Epps as well as newcomers Larter, Ashanti and the precocious Spencer Locke, who admittedly, all have underwritten roles. I guess that means we know who Anderson’s favorite is. Jovovich certainly does her best and is always a pleasure to watch while she’s slicing open some zombie jugulars, but after this dismal third outing, I think the future installments should keep the zombies on my Playstation where they belong.

While it’s certainly not the best of the threequel bunch, “Resident Evil: Extinction,” I’m shocked to report, is certainly not the worst either. Who knew it’d fall dead in the center? But while it does seem like a harbinger of doom that this little zombie video game flick managed to best “Spider-Man 3,” everything was still better than “Rush Hour 3.” The world makes sense again.

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User Comments

1/22/12 Velociraptor Best of the Series 5 stars
5/15/11 stephen nettles Best one so far 4 stars
12/09/10 RCF They have Totally forgett that zombies need food, and the characters arent even hot anymore 1 stars
3/24/08 wnm Except for the multiple clone stuff the movie was sad, completely unoriginal and not scary 2 stars
12/22/07 WeeToddDidd Better then the second, looking forward to 1 more. 4 stars
10/29/07 Geoff Chapman great, fun, MUCH better than RE: Apocalypse. Worth checking out. 4 stars
10/24/07 William Goss For a zombie video game flick, somehow too tedious and strange for its own good. 2 stars
10/15/07 I-K Competent director works minor miracle with Paul W.S. Anderson's lazy, derivative script. 4 stars
10/03/07 DavyDock Rushed but Okay movle. Just not that well Thought out. Tyrant is terrible. 3 stars
10/01/07 John L. WHERE DID HOT JILL GO? It was an okay movie, hope they make the 4th movie a little better. 3 stars
9/28/07 Dave Good movie, good action scenes but still Apocalypse was the better of the three so far 4 stars
9/28/07 John S. This was by far the best movie in thise series since the first one. 5 stars
9/28/07 Ole Man Bourbon Terrible. 1 stars
9/27/07 RAY FROST Super great awesome Milas costumes are awesome she is one fine woman. I LOVED IT 5 stars
9/25/07 Rich Good movie! FUN! 4 stars
9/25/07 Tom Forsdike Quite entertaining. Worth your time. 4 stars
9/25/07 Brian Mckay Too short and Milla has too much makeup on, but still a fun movie w/ good action scenes. 4 stars
9/25/07 alisha pearce best movie ever, LOVED it, hope 2 see a 4th edition. 5 stars
9/24/07 Zombiefly Um, super zombies, awesome outfits, romance and cliffhanging? Psh, yeah! 5 stars
9/24/07 lady horrible..if there is a 4th i hope its 100% better than this one 1 stars
9/24/07 ben all i have to say, is "all day on autoplay!" mila should design her own costumes more often 5 stars
9/24/07 btrb awful- waste of talent and franchise. boring. 1 stars
9/24/07 mark madsen not as good as last one 3 stars
9/24/07 Shawn Churchill This film has nothin' I haven't seen from the previous Resident Evil films! Cheesy endin'!! 1 stars
9/24/07 kris terrible 1 stars
9/23/07 Elvis Good movie, terrible ending. 3 stars
9/23/07 SAS SAD 1 stars
9/23/07 Bill Gosse Fun movie! 4 stars
9/23/07 Jory West Terrible Let Down 1 stars
9/23/07 KingNeutron Fantastic date film - fun stuff, and Milla is SMOKIN' as always!! 4 stars
9/22/07 Tanner Just got home from it and I hope to god ther is a fourth 5 stars
9/22/07 Renea I am torn between liking it and really hating it. I was hoping for more, but oh well...... 3 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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  21-Sep-2007 (R)
  DVD: 01-Jan-2008

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Directed by
  Russell Mulcahy

Written by
  Paul W.S. Anderson

Cast
  Milla Jovovich
  Mike Epps
  Ali Larter
  Oded Fehr
  Iain Glen
  Spencer Locke



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