Resident Evil: Extinction is a worthy successor to Resident Evil and Resident Evil: Apocalypse. Fans of the first two movies will enjoy this third installment of the Resident Evil trilogy (though they did leave a door open for a number four if they want to return to the bank one more time). Milla Jovovitch returns to reprise her role as Alice in a movie where the real monsters are not the zombies but the corporation which produced them.
The long and the short of it is that a group of survivors lead by former Raccoon City residents and employees of the Umbrella Corporation crosses path with Alice just when they most need her help. Alice helps them plan their escape from the zombie infested lower 48 but they first have to get supplies. The Umbrella Corporation of course has other plans for Alice and the zombie population plans which of course are nefarious.
Viewers coming to this movie who are fans will be pleased that there is practically no explanation of what has gone before. Mercilessly we are spared an explanation of why the world is the way it is. There are bits and pieces in the script but no overt, gather everyone together and explain it all in boring detail for ten minutes. To those who have never seen the previous installments this might be a little frustrating but rest assured you don’t need to know the back story to enjoy the movie.
Resident Evil: Extinction is a blast from the semi flashback opening sequence and panoramic camera work to the gruesome finish. The sparse, action packed script is well acted by the small cast. Acting with nothing but blue screen to react to is difficult for actors but this cast manages to do a convincing job of being terrorized and jumping into action at the same time. Of particular note are performances by Ali Lartner as Claire Redfield and Spencer Locke as K-Mart and a surprising Ashanti as Betty.