In preparation for this weekend’s release of Resident Evil: Extinction, I had to sit down and watch the two previous movies to catch up. As I mentioned in my review for the first Resident Evil movie, I had never played the video games or seen trailers for the movies when they came out in 2002 and 2004, respectively. I had never seen Milla Jovovich in anything else (I know – it’s such a shame I haven’t seen The Fifth Element). However, the trailers for Extinction looked so good that I had to watch the movies – and I quickly became a fan.
The second movie has a faster pace than the first, since all the undead are already wandering around town waiting to eat people. The Umbrella corporation seeks out two of their scientists and evacuates them before trying to evacuate everyone else from the city, but there are too many infected so they barricade them in and leave them to die. Stuck within city walls are a rag-tag group of survivors – including Alice (Milla Jovovich) – who receive a mission from one of the Umbrella scientists. He wants them to find his daughter and bring her to a helicopter drop site, and he will make sure they get out alive – before the nuclear bomb hits the city to destroy the undead.
Alice’s entrance is probably the best scene in the film. A bunch of survivors have taken refuge in a church when the disgusting monster-creatures (not the undead) attempt to pick them off one by one. Enter Alice, on a motorcycle. She shoots, kicks, and explodes through the monsters. She blows up one of them by launching the motorcycle at it and shooting the gas tank. Alice = Awesome.
Another of my favorite scenes is in a cemetery. The characters find themselves trooping through a cemetery while trying to find the scientist’s daughter when zombies start climbing out of the graves. Alice obliterates the zombies, even kicking one in the head while he’s behind her. Jill Valentine, who appeared to be an Alice-wannabe at the start of the film, says to Alice, “I’m good, but I’m not that good. Indeed, Jill, indeed.
Of course, this wouldn’t be a proper review if I didn’t mention the Nemesis. A giant robot/undead/monster with a rocket launcher and lots of guns. Oh, and he’s about 8 feet tall, 400 pounds. He’s sent to kill the S.T.A.R.S. members (army people). And, impressively, kills everyone in a room except the one non-S.T.A.R.S. person. Don’t worry – he and Alice battle it out later.
As a sudden fan of the series, I have to recommend this movie to anyone who likes zombie flicks or watching hot chicks kick the crap out of bad guys. This movie has plenty of both.
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