Resident Evil: Extinction is a 2007 British-Canadian science fiction action horror film and the third installment in the Resident Evil film series based on the Capcom survival horror series Resident Evil. The film follows the heroine Alice, along with a group of survivors from Raccoon City, as they attempt to travel across the Mojave desert wilderness to Alaska and escape a zombie apocalypse. The film was directed by Russell Mulcahy and produced by Paul W. S. Anderson.
The film was released in the United States on September 21, 2007 and was commercially successful, grossing $147,717,833 worldwide. The film received mixed reviews from critics. It was released on DVD and Blu-ray in North America on January 1, 2008.
This film was initially titled Resident Evil: Afterlife according to the leaked script. For unknown reasons, it was renamed to Resident Evil: Extinction. The title Afterlife was used for the fourth installment of the series.
Alice (Milla Jovovich) wakes up in a mansion. She defeats several obstacles, which include the laser room from the first film and a giant blade that falls from the ceiling of a hospital corridor. She is eventually killed by a miniature rotating machine that shoots her in the stomach. Her body is taken outside and dumped into a pit. The pit is then shown to be filled with hundreds of Alice clones. The camera zooms out to show a shack camouflaging the facility’s above-ground entrance (the rest of the facility is underground); it is surrounded by a high, sturdy fence with thousands of zombies around it.
Despite the best efforts of Umbrella to cover up the contamination of The Hive and the release of the T-virus to the surface, going so far as to authorize the destruction of Raccoon City, the T-Virus has spread around the world. As the virus spread, it affected not only humans, but other plants and animals as well, and the Earth’s environment rapidly detoriated, turning cities into desolate landscapes and the wilderness into wasteland deserts. Alice wanders the wastelands of the Southwestern U.S. She comes across a group asking for help on the radio, broadcasting from station KLKB, where they have taken refuge. It turns out that they are a group of bandits, robbing the survivors who showed up to help them. One of the men slaps Alice and attempts to rape her but she kicks him on the chin as he spews blood from the mouth and suddenly dies. They knock Alice unconscious and put her in a basement to fight with several infected dogs, but she overpowers them, and lets them loose on their owners and kills them.
Meanwhile, Dr. Sam Isaacs, former head of the Project Alice and the current manager of the North American Umbrella facility, operated in the vast landscape of Nevada, considers Alice’s recapture a top priority, since she has the ability to bond with the T-virus and not suffer mutation. He tries to persuade the Umbrella board, operating via holograms from the world-wide Umbrellla facility, that he can use her blood to develop a permanent cure as well as tame the infected. The new Umbrella chairman Albert Wesker (Jason O’Mara) orders Isaacs to instead use the clones to create a cure, and he refuses to authorize Alice’s recapture until they are informed of her location.
Meanwhile, Claire Redfield’s (Ali Larter) convoy, which includes the Raccoon City survivors Carlos Oliveira (Oded Fehr) and L.J. (Mike Epps), along with new survivors K-Mart (Spencer Locke), Mikey (Christopher Egan), Chase (Linden Ashby) and Nurse Betty (Ashanti Douglas), along with others, travel cross country.
While searching a motel for supplies, L.J. is bitten; he keeps this a secret instead of warning everyone. The next morning the convoy is attacked by crows that had been feeding on the infected. The crows almost overpower the convoy, killing Nurse Betty and taking out the flamethrower operator, causing the weapon to careen out of control. Alice appears and saves Carlos and the others from a fiery death, using her psionic powers to cover the sky with a blanket of fire, killing the crows. Alice is introduced to Claire and gives her a diary she found. The book claims there is a “safe zone” in Alaska. Alice and Carlos convince Claire to take her convoy to Alaska. They agree to go to Las Vegas to search for supplies for their trip to Alaska.
Dr. Isaacs’ attempts to domesticate the infected have led to a new zombie breed that remembers basic things, such as how to use phones and cameras. Wesker’s security officer, Captain Alexander Slater (Matthew Marsden), is adamant about Isaacs’ disregarding Umbrella’s regulations. Slater does admit that the “super zombies” (the Crimson Head) would be useful, but reiterates that Isaacs is out of control. Wesker, in private, informs Slater to keep watch about Isaacs’ actions, and that if he disobeys his direct orders, Slater will terminate Isaacs’ employment.
Umbrella triangulates Alice’s location based on her psionic abilities. Dr. Isaacs has a crate of his new zombies sent to ambush the convoy, against Wesker’s specific orders. L.J. succumbs to his infection and bites Carlos. Most of the convoy, including Chase and Mikey, are killed in the ambush. Umbrella tries to shut Alice down remotely, but she breaks free from their programming and continues to fight. She finds Isaacs at the scene, and he becomes infected as he tries to flee. Alice and K-Mart use Isaacs’ computer to track the helicopter’s flight path, leading to Umbrella’s underground location.
The convoy goes to the site, which is surrounded by zombies. Carlos sacrifices himself by plowing his truck into the zombie mob and blowing them all up, giving Alice and Claire time to load survivors into the helicopter. Alice decides to stay behind. Ordered by Wesker to terminate Isaacs, Slater arrives with a group of commandos, and finds the scientist locked in his lab, injecting himself with massive doses of anti-virus in an attempt to counteract the infection, explaining that the zombies are enhanced and as such, he requires a bigger dosage of the anti-virus; he disobeys Slater’s command to stop, since it will only increase his mutation. Issacs refuses, and Slater reveals that his employment is terminated and shoots him, triggering his mutation into a Tyrant. Despite retaining his intelligence and thought, Isaacs kills Slater, kills all the facility employees, but is confined to the lab’s lower levels.
Entering the facility, Alice meets a holograph of the Red Queen’s sister AI, the White Queen (Madeline Carroll). The White Queen informs Alice that her blood is the cure to the T-Virus, defending the Red Queen’s actions as well. She then tells Alice about Dr. Isaacs. Alice agrees to deal with him. On her way to the lab’s lower levels, Alice discovers one of her clones, still in development. The clone awakens, but seems to die from shock upon seeing Alice. Alice finds a replica of the mansion she lived in and finds Isaacs, who fights her with equal strength and psionics. Finding themselves in a replica of the Hive’s laser corridor, Alice awaits the grid’s arrival, watching Isaacs getting sliced into cubes. Just as Alice is about to meet the same fate, the system is deactivated by her clone, which has inexplicably revived.
Later, in Tokyo, Japan, Wesker, who is the head of the Tokyo Umbrella facility, informs the rest of the Umbrella chairman, all holograms, that the North American facility has been lost. Alice’s hologram makes an appearance, declaring that she is coming for him, and she’s bringing some of her “friends”. Standing beside her clone, Alice looks out onto the hundreds of pods containing her developing clones.
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First Published: Mar 24, 2012 – Last Updated: Apr 12, 2014