Resident Evil: Extinction (2007) – Russell Mulcahy

 

The Sci-Fi Chronicles continues to explore my guilty pleasure film series, by plunging me into the third film based upon the popular Capcom video game. Once again, this one picks up more or less where the previous one left off, as Alice (Milla Jovovich) travels on her own, having left the other Raccoon City survivors, to protect them. It seems things are definitely happening with her, her powers are growing.

This is something that Dr. Isaacs (Iain Glen), camped out in an Umbrella Corporation establishment under the desert, is keen to reproduce, and we see him experimenting on dozens upon dozens of Alice clones to elicit the same response from one of them. He is keeping some of this secret from the head of Umbrella, a sunglassed D-bag named Albert Wesker (Jason O’Mara – who may hold the record for giving the worst performance in the film, but that may just be the fact that he’s trying to do an American accent throughout (just let him use his normal accent!), and seems to be trying to channel Hugo Weaving’s Agent Smith from the Matrix).

Alice eventually catches up with the caravan of fellow travellers, including Olivera (Oded Fehr) and L.J. (Mike Epps), all of it led by Claire Redfield (Ali Larter), with her friend K-mart (Spencer Locke) at her side.

Isaacs is close to tracking down Alice, and if he does, he can actually shut her down, her genetic reprogramming, and growing mental and physical abilities, can be turned off by the flick of a switch, so she may have to take the fight to Umbrella one last time so that she can live in (moderate) peace.

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Throw in strange broadcasts that hint at a safe zone, in Alaska, referred to only as Arcadia, and you find a number of the characters at a crossroads, even as their numbers are whittled down by the ever-increasing number of undead, not to mention the infected animals that have fed off the undead…

So before Claire can lead the group to Alaska, and before Alice can go take on Umbrella, they’ll need to refuel… in the practically buried, Las Vegas.

Watching Claire and Alice kick ass in this film is the highlight, and thankfully, Alice has a better if somewhat inappropriate costume, really, thigh highs and garters for wandering the desert? than her outfit in the previous outing.

And, while there, once again, really isn’t much in the way of character development, everyone is fairly one-dimensional, it’s still fun to watch! There are some fun sequences in this one – the crow attack, the discovery of all the Alices, and the ending, and overall, much like its two predecessors, it’s just good mindless fun, that seems reminiscent of a Saturday matinée.

It’s disposable, popcorn entertainment. And sometimes, that is exactly what you want. And if it is, this series serves it up wonderfully.

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