Film / Resident Evil: Extinction

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Resident Evil: Extinction, the third film in the live-action Resident Evil film franchise, takes place a few years after the events at Raccoon City. The world has become a desolate wasteland after the global spread of the T-Virus, and Alice has become a recluse due to fears concerning psychic abilities created by her own T-Virus infection. During her seclusion, she intercepts a transmission that mentions Arcadia, a place in Alaska alleged to have no trace of the T-Virus.

Meanwhile, a group of survivors led by Carlos, LJ, and Claire Redfield struggle to stay alive in the zombie-infested wastelands. Alice joining the group and the news of Arcadia come as a spotlight through the darkness, but with only meager supplies and makeshift vehicles, the survivors are left wondering how to reach the safe haven.

While Alice and her crew work to figure out a way to Arcadia, Umbrella scientists in an underground laboratory begin running experiments on domesticating zombies. One of them, Dr. Isaacs, needs Alice's blood to concoct a new strain of the T-Virus—and it just so happens that Alice is in the "neighborhood"...

Character Sheet here.


Resident Evil: Extinction contains examples of the following tropes:

  • After the End: In Extinction, the T-virus has contaminated and destroyed nearly all life on Earth.
  • A Good Way to Die: Carlos Oliveira is bitten by a zombie, so he decides to clear a way into Umbrella's desert compound for the other survivors. He does that by driving (and crashing) a tanker truck into a giant horde of zombies, then triggering an explosion that destroys a large portion of the zombie horde surrounding the compound. The best part? He finds a marijuana joint (well after the whole survivor convoy ran out of cigarettes) and manages to take a puff just before he blows up.
  • All There in the Manual: The fate of Angela Ashford, last seen at the end of Apocalypse, is revealed in the novelization of Extinction: Dr. Isaacs uses Umbrella's cybernetic control over Alice to force her into bringing Angela to him. He reveals that Angela's blood is of no use to him—her T-Virus strain is different from the one ravaging the world—and orders Alice to kill Angela. Alice puts a bullet through Angela's head.note 
  • Alternative Foreign Theme Song: The Japanese version of Extinction uses "Last Angel" by Koda Kumi as the theme song.
  • Asshole Victim: No one sheds a tear when Alice gets the rednecks torn apart by their own zombie dogs.
  • Apocalypse How: Class 5, in progress.
  • Attempted Rape: Some post-apocalyptic rednecks set up a fake Distress Call which ensnares Alice. They looked as though they were about to rape her until she neck snaps one of them and they decide to feed her to the dogs.
  • Audible Sharpness: Alice's knives.
  • Badass Longcoat: Alice rocks a particular awesome one throughout the film.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Alice gets one when she shows up and uses her psychic powers to kill off the crows attacking the convoy.
  • Black Dude Dies First: Betty is first female survivor to die, while LJ is the first male survivor to die.
  • Bond One-Liner: When Isaacs gets sliced to pieces by the laser grid, the Alice clone says, "Yeah, you're the future, all right."
  • Character Development: It may just be five years of surviving a Zombie Apocalypse, but LJ seems like a lot less of a "gangsta" and seems to take things more seriously.
  • Cloning Blues: Guess what, Alice? You just got a whole army of... yourself. Oddly enough, one of them wakes up just in time to save the real Alice from the laser trap.
  • Death by Adaptation: Carlos survives the events of Resident Evil 3. He dies in this movie.
  • Death by Irony: Dr. Isaacs spends all his time killing Alice clones and experimenting with the anti-virus. In the end, he gets killed by Alice clones and the anti-virus.
  • Dual Wielding: Alice's paired kukri knives.
  • Dwindling Party
  • Dying Moment of Awesome: Carlos blowing up a truck to take a whole bunch of zombies down with him while doing a J.
  • Elite Mooks: Dr. Isaacs' enhanced zombies are faster, stronger, and supposedly smarter than the regular variety.
  • Expositron 9000: The White Queen.
  • Guns Akimbo: Alice wields pretty much all her guns this way. Unlike the prior film in the series, Carlos and LJ seem content to just use one gun.
  • Heel–Face Turn: The White Queen technically undergoes one of these. It just barely qualifies as her programming was designed to prevent the spread of the T-virus and try to control the epidemic as best she could. As an AI, she has no loyalty to Umbrella beyond what is programmed into her. Since Umbrella didn't think to do this, she turns on them as she quickly concludes that Umbrella is only going to make the outbreak worse if allowed to continue existing.
  • Heroic B.S.O.D.: Alice, though this is a result of Umbrella's mind control.
  • Hall of Mirrors: LJ ends up shooting at a zombie's reflection. The zombie was actually behind him.
  • Hologram: This is how the heads of Umbrella meet. Alice uses it at the end of the third movie as well.
  • Heroic Host: Alice and the T-virus.
  • Idiot Ball: LJ deciding to hide his infection and put everyone in danger, despite being competent enough to survive for five years in a zombie apocalypse.
  • It Can Think: After being injected with a serum from Alice's blood by Isaacs, some of the zombies regain the ability to remember and think, as one zombie remembers how to use a camera and a cell phone.
  • Me's a Crowd: The third film introduces many Alices. The fourth film promptly disposes of them all.
  • Never Trust a Trailer: The trailer for Extinction started out with a commercial for Las Vegas.
  • New Powers as the Plot Demands: The T-virus, a virus that turns humans and animals into zombies, can now somehow also cause a severe enough global drought to dry out the oceans. It is notable that the drought was retconned out of the subsequent films.
  • Psychic Powers: Alice gets these from the T-virus.
  • Psychic Nosebleed: Alice.
  • Quest for Identity: Alice has shades of this.
  • Ragnarok-Proofing: Not perfect, but the film does show what a years worth of post-apocalypse decay can do.
  • Raising the Steaks: The crows.
  • Room Full of Zombies: The Clown Car trailer full of zombies.
  • Scarf of Asskicking: Alice's badass scarf which she wears with her equally badass duster jacket.
  • Sequel Hook: It ends with Alice finding the rest of the clones of her that Umbrella was using for their experiments... and they're waking up.
  • Synthetic Plague: The release of the T-virus in Apocalypse caused mass death by the time of Extinction.
  • Viva Las Vegas: The crew stop off here.
  • Zombie Apocalypse
  • Zombie Gait: Averted, subverted, inverted, played straight, played for laughs and everywhere inbetween.
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