Monday, May 9, 2011

Review: Resident Evil: Extinction

2007, starring Milla Jovovich & Oded Fehr

Following on from the events of Resident Evil: Apocalypse, the T-virus has spread worldwide, drying up the lakes, rivers, and continents while infecting the majority of the population. After five years, almost every living creature has become a zombie, and the world itself is on the verge of extinction. Alice, the Umbrella Corporation's greatest bio organic weapon, is now alone in the desert wastelands of the US after learning that the corporation has the ability to track her location via satellite. She has super-human strength and psychic abilities gained from her imprisonment by Umbrella, and the corporation wants her back…at any cost.

I never dreamed, after the major disappointment that was Resident Evil: Apocalypse, that I would actually enjoy Resident Evil: Extinction. And my dream came true. I didn’t.

Stereotypical characters in stereotypical locations find themselves in stereotypical situations, which they deal with in stereotypical ways whilst spouting stereotypical dialogue. There is absolutely no grounding in reality (how the hell can a virus dry up lakes and rivers?), and the audience are credited with not one iota of intelligence (although perhaps deservedly, as this film did pretty damn well at the Box Office). Boring, derivative crud. Oh, and Mr Romero? If you’re reading this, you might be interested to know that much of the plot involves military and scientific forces skulking in underground installations, experimenting with the possible domestication of zombies –

In a nutshell (if you haven’t guessed already) don’t bother. It’s not even ‘so bad it’s good’ – RE:E is just bad, full stop.

(Originally posted to HorrorScope, 2008)

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