The third instalment in the Resident Evil series opens with a semi-naked Milla Jovovich - proving that, if nothing else, this is a movie that knows its audience. Once our heroine is decanted into her traditional cocktail dress and biker boots, it's business as usual: bag as many zombies as possible while avoiding the attentions of the sinister Umbrella corporation. Seriously, how sinister can it be with a name like "Umbrella"? It sounds like an insurance company.
The Resident Evil console games are standard setters in the survival horror genre, so it's a pity (though not exactly a shock) that the resulting movies are so stale. For Extinction, the action moves to the Nevada desert, thus combining regulation zombie slaying with Mad Max-inspired road warrior antics. Milla hooks up with a convoy of survivalists, has an entertaining scrap with a flock of zombie ravens (whatever next - zombie possums? Zombie shrimp?) and discovers the sandswept remains of Las Vegas. Meanwhile, deep underground in their computer generated bunker, those evil Umbrella boys are trying to teach the living dead to use mobile phones. No, really. They are. You can imagine the texting: GRAR. BRANEZ4EVA. LOLZ.
Which is not to say that Resident Evil is entirely without merit. There's a decent extended shoot out, a zom-dog attack, and the computer that cubed Colin Salmon in the first flick makes a welcome re-appearance. Director Russell Mulcahy, a veteran of sci-fi tat, knows well enough to keep his camera firmly focussed on the exploding heads, and of course, there's the semi-naked Milla. One for Saturday night DVD rental, really.
Resident Evil: Extinction is out in the UK on 12th October 2007.