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Resident Evil: Extinction
Can't be as bad as the first two.
Resident Evil: Extinction
Milla Jovovich Stars in "Resident Evil: Extinction".
OPENING WEEKEND: $22,000,000
DOMESTIC TOTAL: $52,000,000
  This Film is NOT a Future Release.
  The Following Preview has been Archived.

May 21st, 2007: Resident Evil: Extinction (RE:E) is set five years after the catastrophic events that took place in Raccoon City in the second film, Resident Evil: Apocalypse (RE:A). The Umbrella Corporation had failed to quarantine the outbreaks of the T-Virus, which resulted in about 98% of the world’s population being infected. The story begins with a handful of human survivalists traveling around the remnants of the desolate world in heavily armored convoys. The movie setting takes place primarily in a now barren, deserted Las Vegas wasteland and Alice (Milla Jovovich), the movie’s main protagonist, leads the caravan of human survivors through the Nevada desert on a long trek to Alaska, where it was discovered that there are no infections.

Along the way, it is determined that the heinous Umbrella Corporation is continuing its evil work and must be destroyed once and for all. And so the stage is set for the last movie in the Resident Evil trilogy: Sought after by the evil underlings of the diabolical Dr. Isaacs, Alice has Undeads hungry for her flesh, and lab rats hungry for her blood - whilst Alice hungers for only one thing: revenge!

What to Expect: RE:E is the third installment of the Resident Evil movie franchise. The RE trilogy is based on one of Capcom’s best selling video game franchises that have earned more than $386 million. The two previous prequels, RE and RE:A earned $102 million worldwide on a $33 million budget, and $129 million worldwide on a $45 million budget respectively.

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While you shouldn’t hold your breath waiting to see this movie nominated for an Oscar, I do believe that its success will mirror the earnings of RE:A. The first RE movie was trying to emulate the game in too many aspects that ultimately led to its demise, whereas the second RE film was too focused on nonstop action with not much of anything else.

The third installment, however, promises more character development in which the characters gain a stronger presence. The movie also introduces and develops several characters from the RE video game franchise including Claire Redfield (Ali Larter) and Albert Wesker (Jason O'Mara). It is also reported by Sony that are also more realistic, ghastly enemies and a new enemy boss in the movie from the original RE games including zombies, zombie dogs, as well as "Super Undeads" - the biologically improved zombie stalkers, one of which is played by Chris Durand. Then there are my personal favorite - the zombie crows.


There’s a scene in the movie where the group of survivors from the T-virus outbreak are driving along the desert in an armored school bus, and are attacked by a flock of these black crows infected with the T-virus. The scene itself feels like a cross between Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds” and Dawn of the Dead. Of course, gun-slinging Alice is there to save the day and drops every one of the winged demons as if she is playing Nintendo’s Duckhunt.


In his dedication to create sets with these realistic RE creatures, lead production designer, Eugemio Caballero said that his team played the video game Resident Evil 4 to get an idea of how the movie sets should be designed. He said that certain styles, textures and colors used in the movie were based on similar characteristics found in the Resident Evil 4 video game to recreate the same atmosphere and excitement.

RE:E also produces action scenes that are much more awe-inspiring - the special effects team being the same one that was used on the set of Silent Hill (2006); and the storyline, which was written by Paul W.S. Anderson, is more complex and thrilling. In fact, he wrote the scripts for all three Resident Evil movies. He was also responsible for writing AVP: Alien vs Predator around the same time he was writing the script for RE:A and it was rumored that his efforts were distracted because of that, resulting in a less than involved script for RE:A.

However, with no external distractions for RE:E, he was able to focus his abilities on writing a much more inspired script than the first two. But then again, one should not really get too excited, for this is a movie made by the same man who perpetrated Event Horizon, Soldier, and the first Mortal Kombat film, and I am sure most of us know how those turned out!

At least, one thing is for certain though. Milla Jovovich will have no trouble understanding her character in the script because of her intimate relationship with RE writer, Paul Anderson. They reportedly began dating back in 2002, when Anderson directed the Ukranian-born Jovovich in the first Resident Evil movie and were said to be engaged in March 2003. Now the model-actress-designer, 31, and her fiancé, director-producer Paul Anderson, 42, are expecting their first child this fall. While we are obviously ecstatic over here at Worst Previews for the newly expectant mother, we can only hope that RE:E will help to resuscitate her otherwise dismal career which also just recently suffered a series of bombs in her last two flicks after the second RE installment. Ultraviolet barely made back its 30 million budget worldwide and .45 went straight to DVD.

Another reason why I feel that Extinction will be better than Apocalypse is because one of the biggest gaffes of RE:A was using a director who was completely inexperienced. RE:E, on the other hand, has a more acclaimed, veteran director, Russell Mulcahy, who has helmed similar science fiction movies like the Highlander, The Shadow, The Real McCoy, and Ricochet. The only problem though is that he hasn't done anything interesting after The Shadow in 1994!

In Conclusion: Resident Evil has been the most popular big screen adaptation of a video game, and based on the movie’s hype and our preview analysis, I feel that Resident Evil: Extinction will be the best of the three, but that is not really saying much since the previous two were not anything to write home about as well. However, sources say that the cast and crew definitely worked assiduously on trying to create a good sci-fi action flick, so much so director, Russell Mulcahy, ended up passing out from dehydration and exhaustion, and was sent to the hospital.

Diehard fans of the RE franchise will vehemently disagree with me here, but this is not a movie that I can see myself waiting in line on opening night to see on the big-screen. I’d rather wait for a slow Sunday night and catch it on DVD.

Similar Titles: Dawn of the Dead, 28 Days Later, Mad Max, Resident Evil, Resident Evil: Apocalypse
September 21st, 2007 (wide)
January 1st, 2008 (DVD)

Screen Gems

Russell Mulcahy

Milla Jovovich, Oded Fehr, Mike Epps, Ali Larter, Chris Egan, Ashanti Douglas, Iain Glen, Sienna Guillory, Spencer Locke, John Eric Bentley, Chris Durand, Matthew Marsden, Jason OMara, Chris Durand

Total: 422 vote(s).

Action & Adventure, Horror, Science Fiction

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Rated R for strong horror violence throughout and some nudity.

95 min





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