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Review Resident Evil: Extinction (2007): Resident Evil Mad Max style!

genre: action, science fiction, horror

In this sequel the T-Virus has spread out globally and the apocalypse that was started in it's predecessor is in full effect. Only small groups have survived and are constantly on the move to avoid detection. While this setup would seem the most perfect opportunity to go wild and take the movie franchise to the next level of craziness Resident Evil: Extinction remains pretty moderate. It's more focused and less chaotic than Resident Evil: Apocalypse.

The film opens with a mindfuck. Sorry to use this word but I don't know how else to describe it. We see a scene that eerily looks similar to the same scene where we got introduced to Alice in the original. You are not sure if it is a dream or not until the end where we find out that it wasn't the original Alice but a clone. Then it's cut to the real Alice explaining what has happened and we see her responding to a distress call which is when the film really starts. While most of the events play out you would expect them to there are some nice surprises and scares in this one. Believe it or not the zombies do look more dangerous and menacing than in previous parts and act more viciously. Besides that they also have grown in numbers so they finally have been taken more seriously. L.J. (Mike Epps) and Carlos Olivera (Oded Fehr) from Apocalypse return in Extinction. They apparently have joined up with Claire Redfield (Ali Larter) as you might know is a known character in the videogame franchise. Claire is in charge of a convoy who are doing their best to survive but have seen their numbers diminish because of people losing hope. But wouldn't you know Alice is not far from them and comes in at the right moment to save the day with her newly developed super abilities. As if she was not powerful enough Alice has gained extra abilities and has become even more unstoppable. If she reminds you of a certain savior called Neo or Jezus then you would not be wrong. Apocalypse already asked of you to roll with this and Extinction puts this to the test yet again. Just roll with it otherwise you will be having a hard time enjoying it. Like in it's predecessors Alice is kicking butt left and right and is something I can't get tired off. Sure it's brainless spectacle. But does that really matter if it is so much fun?

Resident Evil: Extinction is also the first time that we get introduced to Albert Wesker. A major player in the videogame franchise. Actually one of the most popular villains in video games overall. It is therefore unfortunate that he doesn't do much in this part. However I happen to know he is back in Resident Evil: Afterlife and Resident Evil: Retribution where he will have a more active role. He will also be featured in what seems to be the conclusion to the film franchise Resident Evil: The Final Chapter. 

I liked that director Russell Mulcahy brought back the horror elements but at the same time managed to make it work next to the craziness surrounding Alice making this yet another entertaining sequel in the franchise!

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