Resident Evil: Extinction (DVD)



Resident Evil: Extinction DVD (click for larger image)Reviewed by Uncle Creepy

Starring Milla Jovovich, Ali Larter, Oded Fehr, Iain Glen, Ashanti

Directed by Russell Mulcahy

Distributed by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment


Ah, where to start? It seems like forever ago that I first played Resident Evil on the original Sony PlayStation. Like many fans, the love affair was instantaneous. Since then every time a new Resident Evil game comes out, I'm at the store with cash in hand. The video game franchise has become one of the most beloved ever amongst horror and zombie fans in particular and is now synonymous with scary blood-spattered mayhem! Pretty fucking sweet! So where do the movies fit into this mythology? Nowhere really. Each film has beared little to no resemblance to its digital counterpart; yet, they still manage to stand on their own as a separate chapter in the Resident Evil universe. No easy task methinks.

Resident Evil: Extinction takes place soon after the events of the second film. We find Alice (Jovovich) still on the run and the bastards at Umbrella still cooking up new baddies with the dreaded T-Virus. In fact, as if creating a zombie plague weren't enough, these wacko scientists are now building Super Zombies. YAY! Las Vegas is the latest setting for the film, and Alice, along with her never fully explained super powers, is still trying her damnedest to survive amidst the carnage. Honestly, there's not a hell of a lot more to the plot than that. There really doesn't need to be either. The one thing that Resident Evil: Extinction does right is that it is fun, gory, no-brainer entertainment starring a heavily armed hot chick and the undead by the boatload. Shakespeare it isn't. There's just one glaring hitch ... it, just like the last two flicks in the series, is not a good Resident Evil movie.

Resident Evil: Extinction DVD (click for larger image)Let me explain.

What we have here, folks, is a totally competent zombie flick, on par with some of the best we've seen this year. However, from a Resident Evil fan's standpoint we still haven't gotten anything to make us sit up and take notice. The movies in this franchise are void of atmosphere, void of true scares, void of the numerous different types of monsters the series is known for, and void of anything at all resembling a completely coherent storyline. All of these things together are what contributed to making the game franchise special. From a cinema standpoint these are just big dumb action films with monsters in them. If you're cool with that, you may just find yourself with a lot to like here. Especially the fact that, unlike in the second film, there are actually zombies in this one. What a novel idea! Zombies in a Resident Evil movie? AMAZING!

*shakes head*

On the supplemental side of the zombie barricade, we get a nice little package though I wouldn't be a bit surprised if there were a special edition, super-duper, unrated, multi-disc, director's cut somewhere in the near future.

Resident Evil: Extinction DVD (click for larger image)Things kick off with a feature commentary by director Russell Mulcahy, writer/producer Paul "W(riting). S(ucks)." Anderson, and producer Jeremy Bolt. Nothing much to write home about here, but the undertaking is fairly lively. As a matter of fact, when thinking back to the commentary on the first Resident Evil DVD in which Milla and Michelle Rodriguez spent most of the time talking about going shopping, I guess this one is pretty damned good. Moving on. Next up we get eleven deleted scenes clocking in at about eight and a half minutes. These snippets add nothing to the film but do deliver a bit more footage of zombies standing around looking menacing. From there we get the featurette section of the DVD entitled Beyond Raccoon City: Unearthing Resident Evil: Extinction. Here we have four making-of featurettes that run about a half hour in total. Aside from the zombie themed one, there's not a whole lot to these that aren't garden variety.

But then we come to the moment we've all been waiting for -- a "Sneak Peek" at the first CGI Resident Evil feature film, Resident Evil: Degeneration, which we first told you about here (New Resident Evil Trailer -- Mon, 12/17/2007). Click on that link, watch the trailer, and then try not to be excited! I dare you! This looks like what fans have been waiting for. I'm a little disappointed that this "Sneak Peek" was just the abovementioned trailer, but, man, did it look bitching on a big screen TV and in 5.1 surround! Please, give us this NOW!

While we may just have to wait for Degeneration to hit home for a purer experience, Resident Evil: Extinction can help pass the time. At the very least you can make a cool drinking game out of the flick by taking a shot every time Milla hides one of her nipples. It's almost as comical as Beowulf playing Hide the Salami while channeling the spirit of the Austin Powers films!

When did she get so shy?

Special Features

  • Audio commentary by director Russell Mulcahy, writer/producer Paul "W(riting). S(ucks)." Anderson, and producer Jeremy Bolt
  • Deleted scenes
  • Sneak Peek at Resident Evil: Degeneration, the first Resident Evil CGI feature film
  • Alice Vision: Preproduction featurette
  • The Big Bang: Shooting Resident Evil: Extinction featurette
  • Bigger, Faster, Stronger: The Undead Evolve featurette
  • Vegas Visual Effects: Miniatures featurette
  • Film:

    3 out of 5

    Special Features:

    3 out of 5

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    admin moderator Terminal im not making
    Jon Condit's picture

    Terminal im not making exceptions and you keep saying good films you seem to be 100% ignoring the words i have used in almost every post here "i didnt say good, i said ok." if i were making exceptions id have to be telling you these films are good despite their short comings, something i have not once done here. ok does not equal good. ok means we've seen better and worse.

    and im not saying just except the mediocre, but you cant write an entire production off just because you didnt like the story and acting. theres a lot more to a movies execution than what lies on the surface.

    to call a mediocre film out right horrible is to elevate the films that are actually horrible. there has to be a degree of separation even if it is slight in many cases. to start generalizing our critiques of films is unfair. only the worst of the worst deserves to be generalized and these films are not that.


    Submitted by Jon Condit on Thu, 01/03/2008 - 5:20pm.
    Morgan Elektra's picture

    "Undeadmin, perhaps a kitten can write "Cat" before a double amputee, it's not much of an accomplishment either way."

    A kitten who can write? I'd say that's a pretty major accomlishment, actually.


    Submitted by Morgan Elektra on Thu, 01/03/2008 - 10:16am.

    no love for the tyrant?

    i agree with the score here though... some stuff i liked, some stuff i didn't (like how Claire has zero backstory and zero development). not sure what was up with all the digital airbrushing of milla's face either. she doesn't need it.


    Submitted by plagiarize on Thu, 01/03/2008 - 10:08am.
    Terminal's picture

    "ive seen a lot worse than the RE films so its hard to call them bad films."

    So have I, but I still think of them as bad movies. They're brainless cartoons with horrible acting, and nonsensical stories. Extinction was nothing more than a remake of Day of the Dead and Mad Max, Apocalypse was a goofy abysmal junk heap, and RE was just idiotic. I'd call them bad movies, even if I've seen worse, but that's just me.

    "they are well shot, well lit, nice compositions in many scenes."

    Good lighting and compositions does not a good film make IMO.

    "loaded with poor cgi but we get that in most films these days."

    How is that an exception?

    "mediocre plots with sometimes stiff players, thats nothing new for horror either."

    Again, how is that an exception? Just curious.

    "they are middle of the road in my book and that equals ok to me not horrible."

    Meh, I'm in complete disagreement, but what else is new? The whole "It's supposed to be bad," and "expect no more than mediocre" is not enough of arguments for me to like dreck like the Resident Evil movies. But that's just me. I respect your opinion.


    Submitted by Terminal on Thu, 01/03/2008 - 3:42am.
    admin moderator ive seen a lot worse than
    Jon Condit's picture

    ive seen a lot worse than the RE films so its hard to call them bad films. they are well shot, well lit, nice compositions in many scenes. loaded with poor cgi but we get that in most films these days. mediocre plots with sometimes stiff players, thats nothing new for horror either.

    they are middle of the road in my book and that equals ok to me not horrible.


    Submitted by Jon Condit on Thu, 01/03/2008 - 2:29am.
    Terminal's picture

    Undeadmin, perhaps a kitten can write "Cat" before a double amputee, it's not much of an accomplishment either way.


    Submitted by Terminal on Thu, 01/03/2008 - 2:09am.
    Tsotha-lanti's picture

    I haven't seen "Event Horizon" (allegedly his only good film) or "Aliens vs. Predator" but judging by the first RE movie I'd say that Paul WS Anderson does not know what makes a good horror movie work. This one at least delivered on the splatter even if the writing had the quality and feel of the worst fanfic.


    Submitted by Tsotha-lanti on Wed, 01/02/2008 - 2:53pm.
    admin moderator i didnt say good, i said ok.
    Jon Condit's picture

    i didnt say good, i said ok. House of the Dead is a bad zombie movie. the RE films are miles ahead of that.


    Submitted by Jon Condit on Wed, 01/02/2008 - 12:39pm.
    Terminal's picture

    UC, the fate of the world depends on it! I've been sent here from the year 30000 to disagree with you on a constant basis.

    "sorry gotta disagree again, ive always felt the RE films are ok zombie movies just bad RE adaptations."

    I disagree. Bad zombie movies. What sort of zombies completely overpower a guy only to bite at his face a little and leave his fresh corpse to lie along a floor? Bad zombies. I think the three movies are awful on different levels and utterly incompetent as zombie movies.


    Submitted by Terminal on Wed, 01/02/2008 - 2:55am.

    But it was an okay ROAD WARRIOR rip-off. And had a shot of Zatoichi St. for whatever that's worth.


    Submitted by sonny gaunt on Tue, 01/01/2008 - 7:17pm.
    moderator Terminal, if you didn't
    Steve Barton's picture

    Terminal, if you didn't disagree with me the world would probably come to an end.


    Submitted by Steve Barton on Tue, 01/01/2008 - 2:15pm.
    admin moderator sorry gotta disagree again,
    Jon Condit's picture

    sorry gotta disagree again, ive always felt the RE films are ok zombie movies just bad RE adaptations.


    Submitted by Jon Condit on Tue, 01/01/2008 - 3:26am.
    Terminal's picture

    I disagree, UC. Not only was it a lame movie, it was a lame zombie movie, and a lame Resident Evil movie. Two knives at best.


    Submitted by Terminal on Tue, 01/01/2008 - 3:07am.

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