Genetically altered by Umbrella Corp., Alice (Milla Jovovich) and her cohorts (Oded Fehr, Ali Larter) try to eradicate an undead virus before it infects everyone on Earth.
" Fast-paced and filled with brisk action sequences, the film should reasonably satisfy the devotees. "
" It's the first of the agonizing Resident Evil movies that could remotely be considered fun. "
" The story and characters are surprisingly engaging, with fight scenes and scares effectively placed between plot turns. "
" An occasional wide shot, of half-buried Las Vegas, say, hints at the postapocalyptic doom these movies have never quite achieved. "
" If ever a movie was made for a quick in-and-out engagement at the multiplex, this is it. "
" It's all so much more fun when you're the one with the controller, telling the heroes what to do: Watching this stuff unfold onscreen is like sitting by while someone plays your video games without you. "
" More of the same game. "
" Pic never really achieves maximum velocity as a full-throttle action-adventure opus, despite game efforts by returning star Milla Jovovich. "
" Resident Evil: Extinction is no more interesting than watching someone else play with his Xbox. "
" Resident Evil: Extinction plays like a flabby middle chapter, full of nerdy details but fraudulently short on the ruined Vegas-scape that ads have been promising. "
" The action is not so much bloody as bloody monotonous. "
" The palette is post-apocalyptic America, with generous squeezes of every cinematic pigment from The Omega Man to Mad Max to Night of the Living Dead. Really, the lack of flying saucers ultimately becomes quite amazing. "
" The scariest visage is that of Alice, whose flawless, airbrushed complexion is either a throwback to Mulcahy's New Romantic pop promos or something dictated by Jovovich's L'Oreal contract. "
" The third in the modestly successful franchise spawned by the ultraviolent video-game, Resident Evil: Extinction provides little in the way of satisfying explanations or, for that matter, satisfying anything. "
" The third installment in the video-game-derived series of films is not exactly dull but never interesting either. "
Resident Evil: Extinction, the third chapter of the shockingly popular video game-based franchise, finds super-human Alice (Milla Jovovich) and her zombie-hunting pals in a post-apocalyptic Nevada desert, searching for the gasoline needed to make their trek to Alaska, where the last remaining zombie-free outpost resides. Meanwhile, The Umbrella Corporation, the sinister conglomerate responsible for the virus that turned most of the human race into an army of the undead, hopes to capture Alice and use her blood to make an antidote.
Resident Evil: Extinction constitutes a vast improvement over its predecessor, Resident Evil: Apocalypse, in that it is actually watchable. New director Russell Mulcahy tries to inject fresh blood into the franchise by borrowing heavily from The Road Warrior, with Jovovich playing the Mel Gibson role. That's not to say that there's an actual plot in this movie; it's really about finding ways to competently transition between a machete-wielding Jovovich laying waist to scores of zombies. To that end, it is a success.
The key to enjoying this movie is to lower your expectations. This is a zombie movie, after all. Not only that -- it's a zombie movie based on a video game. There's nothing spectacular about Resident Evil: Extinction, but there isn't anything overtly excruciating either, save for an exceedingly lame zombie bird sequence, in which a murder (that's the word -- look it up) of infected crows lays siege to a compound of uninfected survivors. Zombie birds? Is that what the genre has come to? If so, let's just shut the whole thing down right now and call it a day.
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