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Resident Evil: Extinction
REEXTINCTION
The Film's US Poster
Production crew
DirectorRussell Mulcahy
Producer(s)Paul W. S. Anderson
Jeremy Bolt
Robert Kulzer
Bernd Eichinger
Samuel Hadida
WriterPaul W. S. Anderson
StarringMilla Jovovich
Ali Larter
Oded Fehr
Mike Epps
Iain Glen
Ashanti Douglas
Chris Egan
Spencer Locke
Music byCharlie Clouser
CinematographyDavid Johnson
Corporate information
DistributorSony
Production information
Release dateSeptember 21, 2007
Country of originUSA
Runtime94 minutes
Budget$45,000,000
Previous filmResident Evil: Apocalypse
Next filmResident Evil: Afterlife
Last edit: 3 months ago. (Purge)


"Experimentation...Evolution...Extinction "
— The film's tagline

Resident Evil: Extinction is a 2007 science fiction action horror film. It is the third installment in the series of film adaptations based on the Capcom survival horror series Resident Evil. The film follows the amnesiac heroine Alice, along with a group of survivors from Raccoon City, as they attempt to travel across the Mojave desert wilderness to Alaska and escape a zombie apocalypse. The film was directed by Russell Mulcahy.

The film was released in the United States on September 21, 2007 and was commercially successful, grossing $147,717,833 worldwide, however, it received many negative reviews from critics. The film was released on DVD and Blu-ray in North America on January 1, 2008.

PlotEdit

It has been five years since the T-virus outbreak in Raccoon City. Despite Umbrella's best efforts to contain it, the lethal T-virus has spread across the globe, not only turning humans into zombies, but also causing rivers and lakes to dry up and reducing entire continents to deserts. Alice is on the run across the deserts that now cover the Western part of the United States. After facing a group of criminals that had managed to trap her using a fake radio emergency call, she finds a journal which details a route to Alaska; the state, being "isolated" as the journal says, might be virus-free.

Dr. Isaacs has been trying to reproduce/clone Alice's powers by creating clones of her, but none of them survives the tasks they are faced with (a mock-up of the Hive, the mansion and Raccoon General Hospital). He concludes to Wesker and the other Umbrella board members that he needs the original Project Alice in order to obtain her blood and hopefully find a mass cure for the virus. Wesker and the Umbrella board members thus made this together with the capture of Alice among their highest priorities. Using her clones' blood as a basis for the cure, he plans to domesticate the zombies with his newly developed serum harvested from Alice's blood. Initially, the enhanced zombie displayed signs of heightened intelligence, increased memory power and gentleness, but soon grew to be stronger, faster, and more vicious. Isaacs uses this to his advantage by secretly creating a bigger group of these 'super zombies', defying Wesker's orders.

At the same time, Carlos Olivera and L.J. have joined a convoy of survivors, consisting of K-Mart, Otto, Mikey, Chase Liam and Betty led by Claire Redfield, moving in search of supplies. While searching a motel, L.J. is bitten but doesn't tell anybody. At morning, the convoy is waken up by thousands of infected, hungry crows. When everything seems lost, Alice arrives and using her telekinesis manages to save the convoy. Despite her efforts, Betty, Otto and five others died in the attack.

She tells the group about her plan to Alaska, and they decide to follow it by popular vote. However, before trying the long journey they need supplies, and they decide to search the nearby Las Vegas, now in ruins. Meanwhile, Dr. Isaacs has been looking for Alice, hoping her DNA could be the source for a cure; he finally manages to track her by satellite, but only by a 62% confirmation. He later reports this to Wesker, who instead refuses to have Isaacs recapture Alice until the satellite confirmation hits 100%, but Isaacs is later revealed to have recorded Wesker's speech and edited it to make it appear as if Wesker ordered his second-in-command, Captain Alexander Slater, to send a force to capture Alice. Isaacs then sends a group of his newly created super-zombies to Las Vegas, both to test their ability and capture Alice.

The convoy is attacked by the superzombies, and most of its members are killed; L.J. eventually succumbs to the T-virus and bites Carlos before being shot dead, Mikey was devoured by a band of super-zombies, and Chase falls from his sniper position in the Paris Las Vegas Eiffel Tower replica while fighting with the super-zombies who managed to locate his position. Dr. Isaacs tries to control Alice via satellite, but she is powerful enough to hack Umbrella's computer network and find out that Isaacs is just a few meters away on the roof of a nearby building. She attacks the few Umbrella men and kills all of them but Isaacs, who manages to escape by helicopter after being bitten by his own creatures.

The few survivors decide to raid a nearby Umbrella facility, hoping to use their helicopter to fly to Alaska. Inside the underground laboratories, Isaacs tries to save himself by injecting more and more antivirus, but he seems helpless and begins to exhibit signs of mutation as a result of the overdose. His second-in-command, Captain Slater, was sent by Wesker to kill him due to his failure and insubordination, but Isaacs proves resistant to gunfire and kills Slater and some nearby guards with his new tentacled hand. He then begins to kill everyone in the base, but he's trapped inside the lower levels by the White Queen, the computer which controls the facility.

The convoy arrives to the facility, only to find out that its perimeter is surrounded by thousands of undead. Carlos, believing his infection to be beyond any cure, chooses to sacrifice himself in order to open a safe path for the rest of the convoy to pass through. He gets into a gasoline truck with some dynamite, drives into the crowd and detonates the explosives. Claire, K-Mart, Liam and the remaining surviving convoy members gets into the chopper and flies away to Alaska, leaving the convoy's fate open to viewers. Alice, meanwhile, decides to get her revenge on Umbrella.

When she gets into the labs she is told by the White Queen, who confirms that the real Alice's blood is the ultimate cure for purging the world of the biohazard, that she has to reach to lower level in order to create a cure. Down there, she finds one of her clones, but before she can examine it, Isaacs now a Tyrant, attacks her. She stabs him with a knife and he flees and is able to instantaneously heal his stab wound. The clone wakes up, seemingly dying in Alice's arms. A battle of telekinetic powers then continues inside the Mansion, and in the replica of the laser corridor from the Hive. Isaacs taunts Alice, saying that he is the "future", with Alice retorting to Isaacs they are both going to die, and the laser cuts him into pieces, but stops just before reaching Alice. Her clone is revealed to have been the one to turn it off.

In Tokyo, Wesker informs the rest of Umbrella that contact with the North American branch has been lost, and decided to control further experimentation from his Japan facility. Using their holographic technology, Alice joins the meeting and informs them that she is after them and "bringing a few of her friends". The film ends as Alice, next to one of her clones, watches hundreds of others awaking.

CastEdit

Actor/Actress Character
Milla Jovovich Alice
Ali Larter Claire Redfield
Oded Fehr Carlos Olivera
Iain Glen Dr. Sam Isaacs
Mike Epps Lloyd Jefferson "L.J." Wayne
Spencer Locke K-Mart
Chris Egan Mikey
Ashanti Nurse Betty
Matthew Marsden Captain Slater
Joe Hursley Otto
Madeline Carroll White Queen
Jason O'Mara Albert Wesker
Linden Ashby Chase
Valorie Hubbard Mama
Rusty Joiner Eddie
Shane Woodson Piggy
Brian Steele Rancid
Ramón Franco Runty
Geoff Meed Pock Mark

ProductionEdit

Resident Evil: Extinction was officially announced by Sony Screen Gems on June 13, 2005 months after Apocalypse's release in North America. The producers also openly discussed the possibility of following this sequel with a fourth film. This was later confirmed in the official plot synopsis as revealed by ComingSoon.

On November 7, 2005, Davis Film, Constantin Film and Screen Gems announced their distribution rights worldwide. The film's title was also later changed from Resident Evil: Afterlife to Resident Evil: Extinction with the film's director Russell Mulcahy signing on. Principal photography began in Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico in May, 2006 (after being pushed back from November 5 > March 6 > April 6 > May 6) and entered Post-production in late July 2006.

In late June, 2006 Sony released the first 2 production stills.

Release InformationEdit

The following is a list of release dates worldwide. As cited on the official Resident Evil Extinction website, where it shows World Wide Release dates: http://www.sonypictures.com/movies/residentevilextinction/international/

Release date Country
September 21, 2007 United Kingdom
September 21, 2007 Canada
September 21, 2007 Republic of Ireland
September 28, 2007 Sweden
October 3, 2007 France
October 4, 2007 Australia
October 5, 2007 Italy
October 5, 2007 Brazil
October 11, 2007 Portugal
October 18, 2007 Netherlands
October 19, 2007 Poland
October 24, 2007 Belgium
October 26, 2007 Spain
November 2, 2007 Suomi, Mexico
November 8, 2007 Argentina
November 10, 2007 Central America
November 23, 2007 Uruguay

Further notesEdit

  • Alice's new costume was designed by Milla Jovovich's clothing line, Jovovich-Hawk.
  • The production still of Alice (Milla Jovovich) holding two Kukri knives is a visual reference to Resident Evil: Apocalypse's poster.
  • The idea for the two Kukri knives were from Milla Jovovich's fight trainer from Resident Evil: Apocalypse, Ron Balicki.
  • The film was originally intended to be filmed in the Australian Outback but was changed to Mexico.
  • This is the first live-action movie trilogy based on a video game.
  • The accompanying music for the first theatrical trailer is The Crystal Method's "I Know It's You". Milla Jovovich provides the vocals/wailing for the song, which was released three years earlier.
  • Prints were shipped to some theaters under the fake title "Raccoon City" - which is the name of the city featured in several of the video games.
  • In the Tokyo scene the sign next to 'Tokyo Metro' reads 'Zatoichi Square' an obvious nod to the fictional Japanese film and television character.
  • The film was not screened for critics, most likely due to the overwhelmingly-negative reviews from critics for the first two films.
  • For the crow attack scene, only two crows were used for the entire sequence. The rest of the crows were entered with special effects.
  • There's a sneak preview of the next Resident Evil movie Resident Evil: Degeneration in the bonus material of the DVD.
  • This is the first Resident Evil movie not to be released onto the VHS format, all the other movies were.
  • Claire Redfield's role in the movie is different than in the games. She leads a convoy of survivors across the dead desert, but in the games, she on a mission to find her lost brother Chris Redfield.
  • The crows sitting on power lines and attacking in large numbers pays homage to Alfred Hitchcock's movie The Birds.
  • The Blu-ray release was the first Blu-ray movie that offered the 'picture in picture' feature.
  • Both director Russell Mulcahy and second unit director Douglas Aarniokoski have directed films in the 'Highlander' series. Mulcahy directing Highlander and Highlander II: The Quickening, while Aarniokoski directed the fourth installment Highlander: Endgame (2000).
  • Raccoon City is clearly Detroit, Michigan from the graphic about 6–7 minutes into the film. The Detroit river and Belle Isle are clearly discernible, as is the half moon shaped industrial park to the North (towards the left in the film).
  • Sienna Guillory was offered the chance to reprise her role as Jill Valentine from Resident Evil: Apocalypse (2004), but had to turn it down due to scheduling conflicts with Eragon and the character was then written out of this sequel.
  • The scene where Dr. Isaac interacts with a "enhanced zombie" is a nod to Day of the Dead, where a zombie shows a zombie regaining some intelligence.
  • The film's teaser trailer is similar to Resident Evil: Apocalypse's, it shows an advertisement for Las Vegas but glitches to reveal it is a television from the post-apocalyptic areas in the film. The footage zooms into space revealing an "Umbrella" satellite, it zooms into a shot of Alice, then to her eye, which flashes the "Umbrella" symbol which transits to footage from the film. This technique was also used in the teaser for Resident Evil: Retribution.
  • Like Extinction, the teaser trailer for Apocalypse and Retribution feature a different advertisement (in this case, a skin-care product in Apocalypse and a technological device in Retribution) which transits to footage of the film.

DVDEdit

The Resident Evil: Extinction DVD was released on January 1, 2008 in North America.

ContentsEdit

Special Edition features DVD features:

  • Available subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Available audio tracks: English, French, Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Commentary by Producer/Writer Paul W.S. Anderson and Producer Jeremy Bolt.
  • Beyond Raccoon City: Unearthing Resident Evil: Extinction Featurette.
  • Widescreen anamorphic and full-screen formats.
  • 11 deleted scenes.
  • Resident Evil: Degeneration Sneak Peek.
  • Devil May Cry 4 Video Game.
  • Number of disc: 1
  • Film Trailers

SourcesEdit


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