Dave’s 3-Word Review:
Bittersweet with this.
When it comes to the Resident Evil movie franchise, people generally will be disagreeing with me on my attitude towards these films. Especially the fact that my scores just keep getting better, even by a small margin. I’ll get around to explaining my score in a minute, but I want to first explain what makes a Resident Evil movie. First of all – Alice. She is the face of the franchise. Secondly – plenty of action and violence to go around. Thirdly – a raised bar in CGI graphics, fourthly – creative freedom and finally…story progression. More specifically, character progression. A movie that’s part of a franchise is ultimately one thing – a film following an arc. Things may be worse here and there, but it’s going down a certain path and the most important thing is…can you clearly see where the franchise is going? Yes, in the third film, Resident Evil: Extinction, you can clearly still see that the series is still strong in its eventual final goal, and that’s all I can really ask.
The story in the third film may be one of the weakest overall, but I can respect that in comparison to everything else the film offers. The story itself is about two main things: A group of survivors are trying to find a permanent place to find shelter and survive, while Alice is busy going the roundabout way of taking down the Umbrella Corporation. For the most part, that’s about it as far as the main storyline goes. There are a few things here and there worth mentioning, like there are multiple clones of Alice as the corporation looks to build a weapon in her likeness, and the fact that the world has pretty much ended.
This film is pretty much the first film in the franchise that feels post-apocalyptic. The whole world has been infected and not many survivors even exist. The whole country is pretty much buried in sand, for example. I loved this. I’ll be the first to tell you that Resident Evil: Extinction is one of my favorite films in this franchise. When thinking back to the reason why, I mainly fall into the fact that this movie is beautiful. As far as all five films go, the visuals are the top of the line right here, before it went 3D and started to become gimmicky. The wardrobe, the sets, the make-up, the CGI, it all worked so well that this is the film I remember the best.
Also, Alice’s transformation in the series is always compelling, keeps me guessing, and continues to have me enthralled with everything that I’m watching. I want to watch the next film because all of these movies end with a cliffhanger. Now…the cliffhanger here was a bit much and too…Matrix Reloaded for me, but I’m still intrigued. No it’s not the best movie in the world, but like I’ve said time and time again, it’s fun. Her evolving, or mutating history with all of those powers is really interesting…I mean come on.
Claire makes her dramatic appearance in this film. Those of you that are fans of the games know her character well, I take it. I personally don’t, but I hear she’s an important character in the games. I don’t know…I like her character, but she didn’t have as big of an impression as Jill did…at least not from first impressions at least. I do like Ali Larter’s work though, and I know she has a better role later on, but right now, it was just kind of cool to see her there.
Resident Evil: Extinction is one of my personal favorites in the franchise because it has some absolutely breathtaking visuals, and even higher action and violence. Visuals – wardrobes, lighting, CGI, make-up, sets. Also, the acting definitely improved this time around.
For the most part, I have to say the story. It’s really pretty tame in comparison to the others. Even though you know what’s going on, the whole concept of “just keep moving” is blind direction, almost filler just to show some cool looking zombies.
Alice: You won’t have to wait that long, boys. Because I’m coming for you. And I’m gonna be bringing a few of my friends.