Resident Evil: Extinction

Movie review by
Charles Cassady Jr., Common Sense Media
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Zombie sequel is just as grisly as the first two.
  • R
  • 2007
  • 95 minutes

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 8 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 29 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Characterizations don't go very deep. Most of the "good guys" are striving to protect a convoy of the uninfected (including children), but they sometimes treat zombie killing as a sport. Villains (besides the ravenous mutated zombies, who can't help themselves) are the remaining authority figures, such as medical scientists (so callous and power-mad they even let their own colleagues get killed) and evil-businessman types -- who are all white males, by the way. That said, the good guys are nicely multicultural.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Alice is a courageous and capable woman.

Violence

Frequent carnage inflicted on humans and zombies (including dogs mutated into half-rotten zombies). Impalings, squashings, slashings, burnings, and more; one zombie is pinned by a crossbow bolt, and a crow subsequently pecks out his eye. Humans are bitten by zombies, and countless zombies are shot through the skull. Monstrous tentacles squeeze out a man's eyes. A threat of rape at one point.

Sex

Some characters allude to hot dates, but there's no sexual action. Non-sexual female nudity (in the form of clones suspended in fluid sacs in fetal positions) is viewed mainly in profile. One grotesque female zombie has a bare breast.

Language

"S--t" and "bitch" are used, though more at PG-13 levels than R. "A--hole" is a punchline over the closing credits.

Consumerism

Product names visible on computers, cell phones, and vehicles. Ruins of prominent Las Vegas casinos are identifiable. And, of course, there's the fact that the movie is inspired by a popular video game.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Brief marijuana smoking, social drinking.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Resident Evil: Extinction, the third in the series of video game-based zombie movies following Resident Evil and Resident Evil: Apocalypse, features extremely gross and graphic violence, with many disgusting deaths. People are in extreme peril, and most of the main characters -- even sympathetic ones -- wind up slain grotesquely. There's some swearing (though maybe not quite as much as you'd expect, considering the butchery and the R rating) and non-sexual nudity. The heroine is a courageous and capable woman, and the good guys are a nicely multicultural bunch (even if they don't last the duration). Some of the background story might be confusing if you haven't seen the two previous movies.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byGamePlayer12 April 25, 2009

Good movie.....Just not for young teens.

Resident Evil Extinction, Its a good movie and its action packed. This movie will scare some and thrill others. The Violence, Pretty intense violence. Zombies s... Continue reading
Adult Written by4Spice September 6, 2010

very good

this movie was great not like the first too lets just say that this movie is not as intense as the first two it was more calm and touching but i loved it 15 and... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byi_am_me February 21, 2012

Evil Raven

This movie was good. More zombies, more death, flesh eating ravens, you know.. the basics. Its really good.
Kid, 11 years old September 16, 2011

ADULT

it is voilent but dont you think if your watching it wit an adult that already seen it skip the parts that are wrong

What's the story?

As gory as the first two zombie films based on the popular video game, RESIDENT EVIL: EXTINCTION takes place five years into a global plague of cannibal undead unleashed by the Umbrella Corporation, an evil multinational whose executives are holed up in bunkers around the world, trying to find a cure (though it really doesn't seem like these businessmen and doctors care all that much about humanity, since billions have already perished or turned into monsters). As seen in the previous movies, the heroine is a former Umbrella corporate security agent named Alice (Milla Jovovich), who was genetically transformed by an elite Umbrella researcher named Dr. Isaacs (Iain Glen) into a super-powered type capable of wielding psi-power force fields and performing martial-arts type acrobatics.

In Extinction, Alice wanders the U.S. desert wastelands in a way that's very reminiscent of the Mad Max series. She's avoided her former friends for years because of what her Umbrella pursuers might do to them, but now she reunites with surviving allies who've joined a highway convoy of uninfected refugees that's trying to reach safety in faraway Alaska. But Dr. Isaacs pinpoints Alice near Las Vegas, and he sets a trap with his own specially trained species of zombie.

Is it any good?

Jovovich's Alice is a watchable and physical action heroine, even if the part doesn't exactly call for great depth. It goes in the "plus" column to have a courageous, capable woman at the center of things who doesn't dress for battle mainly to show off her figure. There's also a decent racial mix to the good guys -- even if most of them don't survive the finale. The Umbrella authorities, meanwhile, are overwhelmingly white and male.

The graphically violent Resident Evil movies are based on a popular series of video games in which players must use their weaponry against contagious, flesh-eating ghouls and monstrous mutations -- the spawn of an evil, high-tech corporation that infected humans and animals with a genetically modified virus strain. You don't need to have played the games to comprehend Extinction; but it does help to have seen the original and its sequel. Resident Evil: Extinction earns points as the least-predictable of the set, in basic terms of what happens next. But you can safely expect the gore quotient to be high ... and frequently sickening.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the appeal of zombie-gore movies like Resident Evil: Extinction. How does the action in the Resident Evil movies compare to that in films like Night of the Living Dead and 28 Days Later? Which is spookier? Why?

  • How do the Resident Evil movies compare to the video games they're based on. Which is more entertaining -- the interactive zombie-killing experience, or the passive one?

  • What is the impact of the violence in the movie and the video games it's based on?

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