Resident Evil: The Final Chapter Review

The Final Chapter meets the standard for mindless thrills set by the previous Resident Evil films, ending the series on more of a shrug than a bang.

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Shortly after the events of Resident Evil: Retribution, Alice (Milla Jovovich) once again finds herself on her own – when it turns out what was supposed to be humankind’s final stand against the zombie hordes in Washington, DC was really a trap set by Albert Wesker (Shawn Roberts) and the Umbrella Corporation, leaving humanity on the brink of extinction and Alice without her superhuman abilities. Alice then finds an unexpected ally in the Red Queen (Ever Anderson), as the supercomputer informs Alice that Umbrella developed an antivirus for the T-virus and keeps it secured beneath the streets of what remains of Raccoon City.

Informed by the Red Queen that she has only 48 hours to travel to Raccoon City and unleash the antivirus before the Umbrella Corporation launches a final strike against the remaining survivors of the zombie apocalypse, Alice takes off for the desolated city in the hopes of saving the world’s uninfected from extinction. Along the way, Alice encounters not only new allies and enemies, but also an old friend in Claire Redfield (Ali Larter) – as well as an old enemy, in the form of long-thought-dead Umbrella founder Dr. Alexander Isaacs (Ian Glen). Alice, Claire and their comrades thus launch a final assault against both Isaacs and Wesker, in the process uncovering even more secrets about Umbrella… as well as Alice herself.

Wife-husband duo Milla Jovovich and Paul W.S. Anderson have been making Resident Evil movies together for nearly fifteen years, with Jovovich headlining and Anderson writing every installment (as well as directing the majority of them too) in the Capcom video game-based franchise. Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, as its subtitle implies, is intended to serve as the capstone to Jovovich and Anderson’s run on the Resident Evil series – though, that is not to say the film concludes their time on the franchise on a high note. The Final Chapter meets the standard for mindless thrills set by the previous Resident Evil films, ending the series on more of a shrug than a bang.

Directed by Anderson, The Final Chapter abandons the shiny surfaces and 3D filmmaking style of the last two Resident Evil movies (Afterlife and Retribution, both of which were also directed by Anderson), by instead embracing a grimy color palette and darkly-lit 2D visual aesthetic. The Final Chapter also combines explosion-friendly action with extra-nasty zombie creatures and claustrophobic set pieces that bring this movie closer to the Resident Evil property’s roots in intimate survival horror than recent “chapters” have managed to do. However, the film’s excessively ramped-up editing robs its set pieces of their tension and renders many of its close-quarter fight scenes, as well as the stunt work by Jovovich (and her stunt double), semi-incomprehensible. The result is a Resident Evil movie that falls short of being either an exceptional roller coaster ride or unnerving thriller, but admittedly does not drag in terms of pacing – mostly because Anderson never lifts his foot off the gas pedal for an extended period of time.

 

Source by screenrant….