Saturday, February 18, 2017

Leeloo Rocks the Kukris, or Thoughts on Resident Evil: Extinction

Resident Evil: Extinction (2007) reboots the series as essentially a sci-fi western, think Westworld but with killer zombies instead of killer robots.  After a three-minute recap that recycles the shower footage from the first movie that introduces cloning to the franchise, Alice rides into town on her motorcycle (a BMW K-1200R, in case you’re interested, and I know you are) and leather duster.  She’s also wearing hot pants because, you know, she’s Milla Jovovich after all.  The T-virus has turned the world into a desert wasteland and the survivors are left to fight it out amongst themselves while the Umbrella Corporation plots in secret underground facilities all over the world.
Resident Evil: Extinction introduces Ali Larter from House on Haunted Hill (1999, a remake) and Final Destination (2000) as Claire Redfield, continuing the pattern started in Resident Evil: Apocalypse (2004) of pairing Alice with a character from the game.  Claire is the leader of a Mad Max-style armored convoy that includes, coincidentally, Oded Fehr and Mike Epps as Carlos Olivera and LJ Wade from the second film.  Resident Evil: Extinction also features the debut of another game character, Jason O’Mara from Band of Brothers as Albert Wexler, the chairman of the Umbrella Corporation.  
From Australian director Russell Mulcahy of Highlander (1986, there can be only one) and produced by Paul W. S. Anderson (Mr. Jovovich) the movie tweaks Alice’s powers by adding mutated psychic/telekinetic abilities to keep the character fresh and distinct from the first two films.  Iain Glenn also returns as Dr. Isaacs, who keeps experimenting on Alice clones because he’s obsessed with Alice wants to make a serum from her blood.  But to be fair, it’s hard not to be obsessed with Milla Jovovivch.

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