This movie has a lot of things I don't normally like in movies that much, but for some reason I really liked RE: Extinction and it's now in my top 10 favourite movies ever.
Usually I don't like characters that are given inhuman powers such as the powers Alice has in this movie; in one scene she just blew up the skies with her mind, which is so over-the-top but so awesome in this movie.
I really like the atmosphere in this movie; almost all the people in the world have turned into zombies and there are only a few people left alive, who keep looking for safe places and other survivors. The world has turned into one massive desert and finding rations is increasingly hard in the zombie-filled, deserted world.
This kind of stories are usually a bit too sci-fi for me, but for some reason I really liked RE: Extinction.
I liked Carlos (Oded Fehr) a lot in the second RE movie, and even more in this one. His character's end was a bit too much of a tragic-hero-ending for me, but it was realistic enough to not be overly corny, so I can forgive it.
Also, LJ (Mike Epps) was much better in this movie than the second RE, his character was a bit deeper than your typical funny guy which he is in the second movie. He's still one of those typical funny guys, but still, his character gained a bit more depth in Extinction.
One more thing -- even though beautiful ladies are lovely, I found it a bit unrealistic that all the female survivors were so beautiful. Not really anything to complain about much, but just something I paid attention to.
The movie ending is left really open, so I'm very much looking forward to the next Resident Evil movie!
As I mentioned in my review of the first Resident Evil movie, I'm not usually into zombies and sci-fi, but the RE movies are some kind of an exception for me.
If you ask me, RE: Apocalypse is better than the first one, because the plot goes deeper and there are more interesting characters.
I have to say though that Jill (Sienna Guillory) is, in this movie, exactly the kind of female bad-ass that I don't like much. Big guns, big boobs and lots of skin, and a bitchy attitude. And that's pretty much all. No, can't say I'm a fan of such characters.
Alice (Jovovich), on the other hand, is even better than in the first movie, I really love her character. I also really really liked Carlos (Oded Fehr) in this movie and especially the third RE. There is something about his character that makes him different from the usual action movie heroes, although I can't tell exactly what it is. I usually like a bit different kind of male characters, but there is something charming about Carlos.
LJ (Mike Epps) was funny, but really typical; you find characters like him in every other movie these days. I can't complain too much but LJ and Jill were just too typical for me to like them much.
Overall this movie is quite good, and I think even people who don't normally like sci-fi and zombies should try out the Resident Evil movies, they're quite entertaining.
I've never been big on zombies or zombie movies, so it took me quite a long time to watch the Resident Evil movies despite there being big fans of the movies in my friends.
Actually, the first time I watched this movie was around the time it was released, and I could never remember much of it afterwards, and never really understood why people were so excited about it.
It took years for me to pick up the movie again and give it another chance, but I'm glad I did. I still think the first RE movie is the worst of them, but I nevertheless enjoyed it. I find the idea quite fascinating because I honestly believe there are people in this world who could and would do something like the Umbrella Company in Resident Evil.
I've always liked Milla Jovovich, and now I like her even more. At times she seemes so fragile and vulnerable, but there is lots of hidden strength in her. I'm not usually fond of "bad-ass girls" in movies, girls with big guns and far too little clothes, but Jovovich does it in a tasty way, without appearing overly pornographic. Even so, she is really sexy in her own way. And of course, she's a really good actor, so what more could one ask?
I can't really say any of the other characters in the movie would have moved me in one way or another, but such happens; and anyway, I'm not usually one to follow character development too much in movies, I'm more interested in the plot and the big picture and especially the message the movie wants to convey.
Even though zombies and sci-fi aren't what I usually like in movies, Resident Evil is a really good example of a good sci-fi movie for someone who's usually not much into the genre.
The story is quite unique and despite the fact that being born looking like a 100-year-old and getting younger as you grow up is far from realistic, the emotions and characters were very realistic and you can really relate with them a lot of the time.
Cate Blanchett is absolutely gorgeous as Daisy, I really loved her in this movie and it made me like her much more than usual. Brad Pitt was great too; I've never been a fan of his, but I've had to change my opinion a bit lately after watching this movie and another one with him recently.
The make-up is really realistic too, which I appreciate a whole lot; often, my movie experience is ruined when the make-up or something else does not look realistic, because it makes me think "oh yeah, this is just a movie and these are all actors pretending to be something they're not." However, the make-up for Brad Pitt in this movie is really good and you can't really tell it's make-up. This helps to not mind the unrealisticness of the story itself.
All in all, I loved the movie because it plunges so deep into human emotions and tells a beautiful story which is not all about love and happiness.
I really enjoyed this movie, I love the way it showed such a variety of different emotions. Sometimes it made me awkward, but not in a bad way; it just showed some people so naked and so human. Loved the acting, especially Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett (neither of whom I've liked much in other movies) were really good, but others as well. The story was good as well, of course.
I really recommend you check out this movie!