One-time supermodel Milla Jovovich struts through zombie actioner as if she's back on the catwalk

Resident Evil: Extinction

on September 21, 2007 by Annlee Ellingson
Picking up three years after Resident Evil: Apocalypse , this third and reportedly final episode in the video game-inspired franchise finds Alice (Milla Jovovich) cruising the post-apocalyptic American Southwest by motorcycle. The T-Virus that infected first the Hive and then Raccoon City has reached the surface and spread to seemingly all corners of the earth. Never lingering too long in any one spot, Alice evades both the Undead who feed on what human flesh remains and the eyes in the sky of the Umbrella Corporation that got her and the rest of the world into this mess.

Always within radio range, however, is a caravan led by Claire Redfield (Ali Larter) that includes familiar faces Carlos (Oded Fehr) and L.J. (Mike Epps) from the second film. Although it's too dangerous for her to travel with this group of about 30 survivors, Alice hovers nearby in case they run into trouble. Meanwhile, Dr. Isaacs (Iain Glen) is hard at work in his underground lab attempting to re-create Alice, believing her blood holds the key to domesticating the infected hordes.

As written by Paul W.S. Anderson, who's penned all three installments and directed the first, and helmed by Russell Mulcahy ( Highlander ), what plot there is in Resident Evil: Extinction —the denouement of which is disappointingly incomplete—serves solely to set up the gunslinging action, given a Wild West flair by its setting in Las Vegas and the surrounding desert. These set pieces certainly deliver the explosive blood splatter enjoyed by fans of the genre, rendered all the more enjoyable as they are carried out by a heroine clad in chic Gap-meets- Mad Max gear and sporting boyish bedhead, soft pink lips and flawless, glowing skin that, despite the gunplay and hand-to-hand combat in a gritty sand environment, never sees a speck of blood or dirt. Distributor: Screen Gems
Cast: Milla Jovovich, Oded Fehr, Ali Larter, Iain Glen, Ashanti and Mike Epps
Director: Russell Mulcahy
Screenwriter: Paul W.S. Anderson
Producers: Bernd Eichinger, Samuel Hadida, Robert Kulzer, Jeremy Bolt and Paul W.S. Anderson
Genre: Science-fiction action
Rating: R for strong horror violence throughout and some nudity
Running time: 94 min.
Release date: September 21, 2007
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