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Yemi Lotan | Interrobang | Lifestyles | October 8th, 2007

Resident Evil: Extinction

Resident Evil: Extinction is a bleakly efficient sci-fi horror thriller that delivers exactly what its preceding sequels did - monsters, gory fight scenes and a heavily armed Milla Jovovich.

Perhaps, Jovovich is really the only motivation to watch Resident Evil: Extinction (2007) — sadly, as well as its other entries.

Although slightly shunned in Apocalypse, our super human [bio-organic] heroine returns displaying breathtaking action packed moves; along with turning her character Alice into every videogamer's dream girl. The opening sequence begins with her naked in a shower, throwing on a red mini-dress. She progresses to what amounts to be a demo version of the videogame, which like most, ends rapidly and badly.

Furthermore in spite of the nuclear destruction of the city, the T-Virus, cultivated by the Umbrella Corporation, has spread from its company labs in Raccoon City to the entire world, turning much of the Earth into a desert populated by flesh-eating zombies, dogs and diseased crows.

While Umbrella scientist Dr. Isaacs (Iain Glen) searches for an anti-virus in an attempt to save what is left of humanity, human survivors led by Claire Redfield (Ali Larter of the hit TV series “Heroes”) form a convoy in an effort to get away from the epidemic until a real cure is found.

When crowds of crow's attack the convoy near Salt Lake City Alice arrives and helps keep the group safe again. Alice's powers, which now include psychokinetic abilities to form protective barriers and move objects around, are also cool to watch on screen. The film also brilliantly rekindles the love interest between Carlos and Alice sparked off briefly in Apocalypse. Mike Epps is also back [from the previous film] adding a touch of comic relief. Pop singer Ashanti appears momentarily as a nurse — thankfully — like the rest of the cast, her primary role is to feed the zombies, undead dogs and fervent crows who turn up like clockwork.

The Resident Evil movies have never alleged to be based on the videogame franchise that inspired them, so the setbacks here are less about gamer nitpicking than principal sci-fi-thriller standards. The production values are good and its computer-generated effects...arresting. Visual highlights include Las Vegas covered in sand, as well as overhead long shots of zombie hordes converging on an abandoned radio installation.
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