RESIDENT EVIL: EXTINCTION
Survivors of the Umbrella Corp's Raccoon City biogenic catastrophe are on the move in the desert, even as Dr Isaacs (Iain Glen) continues his experimentation with genetic clones of his pet project, Alice (Milla Jovovich), who has escaped and is now in hiding. She once again joins forces with Carlos Olivera (Oded Fehr) and L.J. (Mike Epps), along with new survivors Claire (Ali Larter), K-Mart (Spencer Locke) and Nurse Betty (Ashanti) to try and escape the deadly virus that threatens to make every human being undead ... perhaps in Alaska, according to recently picked up signals from other survivors. Since being captured by the Umbrella Corporation, Alice, subjected to biogenic experimentation, is genetically altered, with super-human strengths, senses and dexterity. But she is also subject to electronic tracking by Dr Isaacs, who unleashes a deadly new mutation ....
Review by Andrew L. Urban:
For its threquel, the franchise moves into post-apocalyptic mode in the desert around Las Vegas - and into the desert-eaten remains of the Strip itself. The vehicles all seem very familiar, with their protective grills and industrial get-ups, and so does the wardrobe, all cloth and utilitarian improvisation. The guns are not retro, though, and who cares that bullets are in plentiful supply despite the world having been denuded, or that the undead can be dead if shot and/or slashed. (Come to think of it, the fact that modern, automatic weapons are still as plentiful as ever in this nihilistic setting may be construed as a tragic comment on humanity....)
Aussie filmmaker Russell Mulcahy piles on the atmosphere to make up lack of originality in the script or production design. He also knows which bones to throw zombie movie fans, who relish the methodology of destroying the slow moving freaks.
But there is one tribute sequence that may well be lost on his young target audience: imagine a desert encampment, with our band of scarred survivors about to make a move north to Alaska, when the scraping and crackling on the roof of a repurposed school bus signals the arrival of a vast herd of black crows. To his credit, Mulcahy never cheapens the idea by trying to imitate the Alfred Hitchcok classic horror movie, The Birds, although of course there has to be an eye-pecking or two ....
The evil Dr Isaacs, the beautiful Alice (Milla Jovovich) and the determined band of humans give the camera what is required, although without any attempt at freshness or surprise.
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RESIDENT EVIL: EXTINCTION (M15+)
CAST: Milla Jovovich, Oded Fehr, Ali Larter, Iain Glen, Mike Epps, Spencer Locke, Ashanti, Gary Hudson
PRODUCER: Paul W.S. Anderson, Jeremy Bolt, Robert Kulzer
DIRECTOR: Russell Mulcahy
SCRIPT: Paul W.S. Anderson
CINEMATOGRAPHER: David Johnson
EDITOR: Niven Howie
MUSIC: Tyler Bates, Charlie Clouser
PRODUCTION DESIGN: Eugenio Caballero
RUNNING TIME: 94 minutes
AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Sony
AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: October 11, 2007