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Resident Evil: Extinction

A nail in the RE coffin
By BRETT MICHEL  |  September 26, 2007
2.5 2.5 Stars
RESIDENT EVIL: Is extinction even possible?

Cash registers rang up millions last week as the third chapter of a popular video-game franchise blasted onto screens. The latest installment in writer/producer Paul W.S. Anderson’s Resident Evil series may have opened atop the box office, but hardcore gamers know where the real action is. If there’s any justice, Halo 3 will keep audiences home, far from director Russell Mulcahey’s latest nail in the RE coffin. Milla Jovovich returns as Alice, but the nudity that perked up her earlier outings has been eradicated, exposing nothing more than terrible acting. In a future cribbed from The Road Warrior, Alice joins a convoy of survivors led by Claire Redfield (Ali Larter) and Carlos Olivera (Oded Fehr) in fending off the zombie plague that’s overtaken 95 percent of the world’s populace. Meanwhile, the deep-pocketed Umbrella Corporation continues its nefarious schemes — puzzling, given the lack of commerce in an undead society.
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