Resident Evil: Extinction, 2007, Directed by Russell Mulcahy

Synopsis: Alice, superhuman survivor of a zombie apocalypse, tries her best to safeguard the few humans left and bring down the Umbrella Corporation once and for all.

My Take: In many ways, Resident Evil: Extinction might be the best of the first three films. While the first one is oddly stuffy, coldly artificial with a weird aversion to on-screen violence, the second one (Apocalypse) swings too far the other direction, full of cornball dialogue and over-the-top everything. The third one is just right, finding a balance in the sci-fi comic booky tone of the series, and coming the closest to being dumb fun (although it's still more dumb than fun -- a curse this franchise can't seem to break itself out of).

First of all, Extinction looks great. Mulcahy shoots the film like a true post-apocalyptic flick, all covered in dust and grime, and gets the best out of his limited desert locales. Secondly, the zombies look great. David Forrest is not known for his horror work, usually applying his skills to making beautiful women even more beautiful in films such as 9 1/2 Weeks and Basic Instinct, but here, along with his skilled crew, he creates some of the big screen's most memorably desiccated zombies.

I'm not saying it's a zombie classic, but when you watch all three films back-to-back, this one stands out as having a little something extra going for it than the first two.

Recommended If You Like: Day of the Dead, Zombieland, Legion, Mad Max trilogy