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Resident Evil: Extinction might be the most competent instalment, but it's the start of the series' eventual downfall. Need further clarification? When your source material is primarily focussed on zombies and undead creatures, you should utilise that. The inclusion of and genre shift into science fiction decreases the believability of any situation down to zero. Hear me out. Five years have passed since 'Apocalypse' and the world is undergoing desertification. Alice finds a small convoy of survivors and tags along, unknowingly getting closer to the Umbrella corporation. Alright, so my main problem now is that Alice is overwhelmingly invincible. She discovers new abilities that pretty much turns her into a female telekinetic zombie kicking crow burning badass terminator. Any situation now going forward, I know she'll be just fine...problem is, I no longer fear what happens on screen. The supporting characters are lifeless so any demises that are met are just pretty to look at (in a non-sadistic way). Watching Milla Jovovich growing as an action star still remains this series' best quality. The post-apocalyptic deserted wasteland looked authentic and suited the film's environment well. We finally have ourselves a memorable antagonist, who then turns into one of the video games' greatest bosses, Tyrant. Shame they really didn't execute it well, let's ignore that part for now. Iain Glen as a villain always works, I mean look at 'Lara Croft: Tomb Raider'. The action is well filmed and I especially loved the entire scene involving the infected crows. Probably the most memorable segment of the film. I just wish they stuck with just zombies instead of all this convoluted cloning rubbish which only gets more insanely stupid as the franchise progresses. So yes, technically this film is one of the more competently directed and executed chapters but, again, does suffer from narrative stumbles, expositional flashbacks and a ludicrous pointless science fiction vibe that just doesn't stick well with me. Bring back Nemesis I say!
This film is again inferior to the first installment in the franchise and as bad as the second part - and honestly I am sorry that I bought and watched it. Below, more of my impressions, with some SPOILERS.
As in previous parts, in the beginning of this film Alice (Milla Jovovich) wakes up in a mansion, naked, bruised and unable to remember jack... As you can see it on the cover of the DVD, after some events which I will not describe she will find herself in the middle of a desert and ultimately meet a convoy of vehicles in which travel some of the survivors from Raccoon City, including Claire Redfield (Ali Larter), Carlos Oliveira (Oded Fehr) and L.J. (Mike Epps). Together they will try find some safe haven from the hords of undead. But of course Umbrella Corporation has other plans...
I didn't like this film much, as the scenario is weak, dialogs poor and humourless and action scenes are just a boring repetition of slaughter. All characters which could do or say something interesting and therefore give some shadow and take some screen time from Milla Jovovich (who, let's not forget it, is married to the producer of the whole franchise), well, they are all immediately eliminated...
The only reason why I give this film two stars is because of the first two and last three minutes, which are indeed worthy watching. Otherwise this whole thing is a perfectly forgettable loss of time. AVOID!
This being the third Resident Evil movie, this is one of the ones set after the Umbrella Corp zombie and monster apocalypse, where the monsters have wiped out nearly everything on the planet and now its down to only a few survivors to make it to safety anywhere in the world they can, in this case its Alaska because its far across the snow and mountains where the monsters have not reached. I would say that this is a pretty awesome movie and I would recommend it to anyone who likes the Resident Evil movies (in this case, for them its a must have.) Because I am a major appreciator of Resident Evil games and movies and because this movie met my expectations the way it did when it came out and still does in its own way in terms of zombie and monster slaying action and good quality mayhem in film, I give this full marks even though the previous movies were absolutely and irreplaceably awesome and the later episodes which follow this get even better in storyline, action and what they would have to offer.
I think I preferred the second film Nemesis but I wouldn't say this was disappointing either, Milla still kicks ass and owns it being an action star. This is probably that last really good one they did.
I had aready watched the first two and enjoyed them both - as I love Zombie films. Reviews of this 3rd outing was it was the weakest of the series. Howver I found it to be full of action, special effects with a good storyline. Sometimes if something - maybe a movie is really praised - we can expect far too much...because of this reason alone maybe. Well...anyway -whatever - a worthy exciting sequel.
As my title says "it's alright." Fans of the previous two will enjoy most of it, I particularly liked the very Hitchcock-esque bird attack, but it's unlikely to produce any new fans. There are also some serious eye rolling moments, especially Alice's near God like powers and with the very sequel friendly ending, that'll probably be too expensive to even make. Short version, as part of a trilogy: good. As a standalone film: there's too much back story to include in flashbacks and brief comments by returning cast members, will therefore confuse newbie's.