Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Cinema: No Hiding from Evil; RESIDENT EVIL: EXTINCTION (15, 94 Mins) Horror/Thriller/Action. Milla Jovovich, Iain Glen, Oded Fehr, Ali Larter, Mike Epps, Spencer Locke, Ashanti, Matthew Marsden, Gary Hudson. Director: Russell Mulcahy. *****

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Cinema: No Hiding from Evil; RESIDENT EVIL: EXTINCTION (15, 94 Mins) Horror/Thriller/Action. Milla Jovovich, Iain Glen, Oded Fehr, Ali Larter, Mike Epps, Spencer Locke, Ashanti, Matthew Marsden, Gary Hudson. Director: Russell Mulcahy. *****

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WHILE the bloodthirsty Resident Evil videogame franchise continues to churn out new instalments to the delight of joypad junkies, so we must suffer another sequel to Paul WS Anderson's 2001 big screen adaptation.

The third film, directed by Russell Mulcahy of Highlander fame, is in many ways the most satisfying episode thus far, with a narrative that occasionally makes sense and a couple of well-orchestrated if rather familiar action sequences.

Computer-generated special effects still lack polish and setting large portions of the film in a bunker beneath the desert begs obvious comparisons with George A Romero's zombie epic Days Of The Dead.

Production designer Eugenio Caballero dusts off key locations from the first film like the laser death chamber, while the snarling hell hounds bound back into the fray during the frenetic opening sequence before the cast abandon the infected cities and head out on to the deserted highways so loved by Mad Max.

"For those of us left, staying on the road seemed the only way to stay alive," opines heroine Alice (Jovovich) in voiceover as she straddles her trusty motorcycle.

Blessed with superhuman powers, thanks to biogenic experimentation at the hands of shadowy Umbrella Corp, Alice is a constantly evolving mutant trying to hide from her creators' satellite surveillance.

She shadows an armoured convoy of survivors led by feisty Claire Redfield (Larter), including dozens of men, women and children.

These stragglers, who survive on fuel siphoned from abandoned petrol stations and discarded tinned food, include old friend Carlos Olivera (Fehr) and LJ (Epps) as well as plucky K-Mart (Locke) and sexy nurse Betty (Ashanti).

When the convoy comes under attack from swarm of carnivorous crows, Alice is forced to intervene, thereby alerting evil scientist Dr Isaacs (Glen) to her location.

As Alice and the convoy head north to Alaska via Las Vegas, the scene is set for a showdown between the survivors and the might of Umbrella Corp.

Resident Evil: Extinction has a linear narrative that could have been culled from one of the video games, peppered at regular intervals with digitally enhanced set pieces, like a break-in to Dr Isaacs' compound to steal a helicopter, or a shootout in the gambling capital. …

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