Resident Evil: Extinction

Year: 2007
Production Co: Resident Evil Productions
Director: Russell Mulcahy
Producer: Paul W S Anderson
Writer: Paul W S Anderson
Cast: Milla Jovovich, Ali Larter, Ashanti, Mike Epps
The Resident Evil films have a special place in that nobody claims to like them (least of all critics) yet it's one of the most enduring of video game to movies franchises.

I'm going to go out on a limb – I liked it. Despite not remembering hardly anything about the first two films (although I knew trouble was brewing in that white corridor), I thought it was a solid and effectively scary action movie. Aussie director Russell (Highlander, Razorback) Mulcahy knows how to wrangle fright from nothing, whether it's introducing us to the desert base of the Umbrella Corporation surrounded by zombies or the crack of an electrical cable in the dark, and the sum total is a lot of shocks and blistering action.

Alice (Jovovich) is living a nomadic lifestyle crisscrossing the remains of America as the T virus empties the cities and spreads across the whole country.

When she joins up with a convoy of survivors, she tells them of the possibility of sanctuary in Alaska, where she believes the virus hasn't reached.

With the eeeevil Umbrella Corp one step behind the ragtag band and desperate to reign Alice in (although I can't remember why), the bloodshed ensues – almost entirely in daylight. The cookie-cutter villain and ending are lazy and uninspiring, but the style, look and tone of the movie is a far sight better than most videogame adaps.

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