(2007) dir. Russell Mulcahy
Man, I’ve had the worst day today. I needed something completely mindless and stupid to take my mind off of things. I dropped into the video store. And came up with…Resident Evil: Extinction, the third in a series of films adapted from a video game and starring Milla Jovovich as an ass-kicking genetically engineered babe in a post-apocalyptic world filled with raging zombies and no hope.
Ah, insanely dumb sci-fi action and violence soothes the troubled brain.
Actually, it did to an extent. I felt better after I watched it, though it was not particularly good, nor original, nor interesting.
I had seen the “original”, Resident Evil (2002), some time ago. And I’ve seen another of Jovovich’s ass-kicking sci-fi action flicks, Ultraviolet (2006). She is one of those actresses who is bad-good. She’s visually appealing, dressed like a sultry sexy militant army gal. It’s the stuff of comic convention fantasies. I guess that’s why there is a third one.
Oh yeah, and there is plenty of room laid out for a sequel.
I don’t know, I was thinking something about the zombies versus the corporation versus the sexy ass-kicking babes (all post-apocalyptic chicks that kick ass are hot, apparently). What is it about zombies? They used to signify the end of the world, the rising of the dead, and also even cultural critiques. Here, zombies are zombies. They eat people. Not because they are hungry. Just because. That’s what they do, man, even the scientist says so.
To paraphrase and bastardize Sigmund Freud, “Sometimes a zombie is just a zombie.”
And sometimes, that’s enough.