Resident Evil: Extinction
by Russell Mulcahy (Director)
Review by Gayle Surrette
Date: 11 September 2007
Links: Official Movie Site / Trailer (HiRes) / Show Official Info /
Continuing the saga, Resident Evil: Extinction moves the story out into the open -- to the desert. The zombies are still a threat, only more leathery. But now there are zombie birds as well as dogs. The director and writers give some good, subtle homages to Hitchcock's The Birds, Franklin J. Schaffner's Planet of the Apes, and others. There's a bit of romance, sadness, determination, hope, despair, and comedy -- and yet, it's a horror film in daylight.
By now, I hope most of you have seen this series of films, but I still don't want to give away too much. L.J. and Carlos appear along with a new group of survivors. And Alice, taking center stage, is a catalyst for change and a link to the past. She moves the survivors forward and steps back to continue her fight against Umbrella. While the commentary implies that this will be the final film, the ending pull-back does leave plenty of opportunity for a fourth film.
Like the other films, Extinction manages to be a horror film with a solid core of camaraderie. While the characters meet under some pretty horrible conditions, they manage to pull together and act as a unit to survive. I've never played the game the films are based on, so I can't compare the game to the film. However, I'm always impressed by the fact that in the films, Alice and the people she meets along her journey come together to achieve common goals. While Alice is the main character, she's not the lone hero. Alice spurs others to survive and she assists them in doing so -- she doesn't act without thinking about those she's trying to help. That, for me, makes these movies stand above the normal lone-survivor hero film -- Alice cares.
While Extinction is very different from the other two, it's a worthy addition to the series and well worth owning and watching. I rewatched the other two before viewing Extinction for this review. Each film can stand alone but they make for a great marathon movie day.
The Big Bang: Shooting Resident Evil: Extinction
Bigger, Faster, Stronger: The Undead Evolve
Vegas Visual Effects: Miniatures