“Resident Evil: The Final Chapter” Review

7 February, 2017

Director: Paul W.S. Anderson
Screenwriter: Paul W.S. Anderson
Director of Photography: Glen MacPherson
Cast: Milla Jovovich, Iain Glen, Ruby Rose

Synopsis: Guided by the Red Queen whose allegiance has changed after uncovering a crucial piece of information about the t-virus, Alice returns to Raccoon City where she and a team of survivors prepare to take down the Umbrella Corporation once and for all.

Resident Evil: The Final Chapter Review:

A movie created to answer a multitude of in-universe questions, “Resident Evil: The Final Chapter” is a gift from an unpredictable director who provides a solid conclusion to his adapted series while circling back to where it all began. Although it’s unlikely that this’ll be the last time we see Milla Jovovich reprising her iconic role, particularly as the open-ended finale leaves space for a new beginning, the theoretical final instalment in the fifteen year franchise delivers for those prepared to embrace the cheese and love the schlock.

In true Paul W.S. Anderson style, “Resident Evil: The Final Chapter” is loud, jumpy, and disorientating but it avoids the flatness that rendered previous instalments practically unwatchable in all of their chaos. While the makers still have no intention of straying away from the trappings of a video game aesthetic which acts as a gigantic excuse to provide endless chase sequences, explosions, and covert operations, the sixth movie refuses to drown in the wave of bad special effects that has dampened the “Resident Evil” franchise for years, relying on distraction edits in a bid to reduce audience suffering during the film’s most hackneyed moments.


Delivering on his promise to crank up the zombie horror, Anderson ensures that there’s more than enough bites to go around as the undead surge across a post-apocalyptic landscape cross-country style like rabid dogs on the hunt for a tasty meal. With enough twists and turns to require ageing make-up, cryogenic pods, and a slew of flashbacks, the film loses some of the action clichés that tarnished the earlier parts of the series as “The Final Chapter” finds innovative ways to put the survivors in danger – hanging them out of trucks, throwing them down ventilation shafts, and making their fights less stagey and more up close and personal. The set-up is still utterly trashy and yet somehow, as a closing chapter, the story actually delivers for once.

 

   

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