Wednesday, 17 October 2007

Resident Evil: Extinction

Surprisingly fun!

I’ve always been a huge fan of the Resident Evil computer games, but no so much the films as the first two are pretty poor. Especially, when they could have literally just cut and past the story from the games to a film script and they would have had a decent film. Instead huge element were changed and they both ended up feeling like sci-fi films rather than survival horror.

So, my expectations for the third instalment were fairly low to say the least, considering they’ve changed the basic premise even more, so that it’s now basically Mad Max with zombies. Yet if you ignore this as being a computer-game adaption, and just watch it as a bog standard film, it’s actually pretty fun.

Yes, there’s some cringe worthy dialogue and some continuity errors that don’t really make much sense, but the rest of it is pop-corn cinema through and through.

The action sequences are all unique and varied. With a huge shoot-out in a sand covered Las Vegas (filled to the brim with gore and unexpected deaths) and a final fight with a Tyrant (that looks exactly like it should) being the two best. There’s another involving a murder of zombie crows, yet due to some weird logic was a bit of a let down.

So to keep it short - Way better than the first two, yet still doesn’t really deserve Resident Evil in it’s title.


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