Sunday, February 10, 2008

Resident Evil 3

Resident Evil: Extinction (2007)

Directed by:
Russell Mulcahy
Written by: Paul W.S. Anderson
Starring: Milla Jovovich, Oded Fehr, Ali Larter, Iain Glen, Spencer Locke, Matthew Marsden, Mike Epps, Ashanti, Christopher Egan, Linden Ashby, Joe Hursley

Third film in the Resident Evil series and probably not the last (I predict they will make Resident Evil movies 'til the end of time - bogus prediction number one. Hoy!).

In this one the t-virus (I'm not a nerd, I'm just very good at retaining information) has apparently wiped out virtually everybody and, as everybody knows, if humanity gets wiped out the world turns into a desert. Righto. Um, then the survivors have to fight zombies in order to gain levels and go up against the boss.

The boss in this one being Hamlet from Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead with, like, tentacles coming out of his hands. Cos that's what happens.

So, higher production values than the other two, I think - it looks like it's sort of outside for most of the movie (yeah, the second one was supposed to be outside, but it looked like it was inside). And there's lots of... stuff. Right.

Although the movie is kind of better than the first two, it's still stupid as fuck. And it ripped off basically everything. The Terminator, Road Warrior, The Birds, The Matrix and Day of the Dead. There's one scene that pretty much copies a scene in Day. And the bus driver's name is Otto. Jeez. And the Alice in Wonderland references are really starting to bug me. Not just in this. It's such a cliché.

Through the whole thing I was sitting there going 'why is [whoever] doing that? It'll waste so much time'. Also, the survivors apparently didn't heed the advice of such superior films as Road Warrior - if you go around driving hummers, you'll run out of gas quicker. Max Brooks could tell you that.

Still, Milla Jovovich is hot (as opposed to those movies where the hot chick isn't hot at all), and hey, Oded Fehr! He was in the other one, but he's still cool.

It's vaguely entertaining if you don't really care that it's totally shallow and pointless. And there are a few cool shots - particularly all the dead Millas lying in a ditch (they clone her, like, a billion times in this one, so you know what the sequel's going to be - how about Millas versus Smiths? Who would win?).

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