Watch out! Milla Jovovich is back in the surprisingly exciting Resident Evil: Extinction. After the disappointing first film and the mediocre second film it seemed unlikely that the live action film series would be able to generate any really decent sequels. This, however, is a sequel that can be enjoyed.
Just when you thought things couldn’t get any worse the T-Virus spread across the globe between films turning the Earth into a shadow of its old self. Odd because this is something that never happened in the games because the virus was destroyed and Umbrella was shut down. The story once more follows Alice who is surviving amongst tough action scenes and hiding from the surveillance of the very much alive Umbrella organization. It is fascinating to see a zombie outbreak on this sort of scale because in most zombie apocalypse films things never get this bad. It is just a shame that the rugged and harsh desert setting did not make it into the next film. Continuity alert people!
Taking into account the nature of the story there isn’t exactly a lot of room to jam in the finest effects around. The zombies finally have some semblance to how they are in the games. Unfortunately they still fail at evoking any sense of fear. Maybe that’s because their appearance is a little bit too much towards the point. The running zombies that appear are quite over the top in terms of how they look. Their appearance is a bit like that of the Crimson Head Zombies which were far scarier. The zombies once again don’t do any real service to the games. One real highlight is the barren and desert landscapes which are devoid of life. Sure it’s just a desert, but it is cool to look at.
The characters and acting are all just about even throughout the film. Milla Jovovich reprises her role as Alice, Umbrella’s superhuman lab rat who they foolishly let loose at the end of the second film despite it turning out that her blood is the cure to the T-Virus. Jovovich proves that she is a perfectly fine actress and is better than she was in the previous films. Claire Redfield is portrayed inadequately by Ali Larter who is way too old for the role. While Ali Larter is a great actress she just wasn’t a good casting choice. Oded Fehr returns as Carlos and is even better than he was before which is good to say the least. Jason O’Mara portrays series antagonist Albert Wesker who is downplayed awfully and does not have a very important role in the overall story. The sequel changes that thankfully. Despite his limited screen time his performance makes Wesker an unusually ominous character.
Even though it has even less of the things that made the games exciting Resident Evil: Extinction is a fair sequel that does all it can to make up for the errors of the previous films. Thanks to its action and setting it is worth having a watch maybe once or twice. However, the best option is still to just play the games.