Since its inception in 2002, the Resident Evil movies have been giving audiences worldwide their dose of nu-metal injected, fast paced sci-fi horror action. The franchise has its obvious following– RE: The Final Chapter is the sixth installment in this series– but the quality of the story and films overall have been lacking since the original came out honestly. Fortunately for the die-hard fans, the final chapter of this story wasn’t total trash.
RE: The Final Chapter sees our lead, Alice (Milla Jovovich), on a mission to find the cure for the T-virus. With only 48 hours to find and disperse the cure, Alice, with the help of the A.I., the Red Queen, and other allies need to infiltrate the underground super bunker where it all began, The Hive.
I’m glad this franchise is finally over– it was truly a love/hate relationship with this one. The only thing that kept me coming back to this series was the awesomely hot femme fatale Milla Jovovich– Leelo Dallas can still kick some ass. Not much else attracts me to these movies. The acting is not good, the characters are not good and poorly developed, the story is a fuckin’ train wreck, and the CGI kind of sucks. The Final Chapter is no different. This one continues the convoluted story, where the viewer needs a serious recap just to know what the hell is going on, the crappy characters and the lame CGI. To top it all off, it had pacing issues. They managed to make a short horror flick feel kind of fucking long.
Director Paul W.S. Anderson does a poor job executing the action in this flick. Every single action sequence is muddled and hard to decipher because of the crappy camera work– everything is just too fast which makes it hard to figure out what the hell is going on in the sequence. I’m not sure why Anderson has a problem with the fighting sequences, as he did an awesome job with the 1995 classic Mortal Kombat.
The characters are all underdeveloped and uninteresting, except for Alice, of course. The supporting cast might as well have been robots– with the amount of charisma and development they were given, it would’ve played out better. I couldn’t have honestly cared less for anyone traveling with Alice– they were just fodder for her to interact with. Milla Jovovich of course, was pretty solid as usual. She makes the action look good. Don’t get me wrong, she’s as stiff as a board when it comes to her delivery– but who cares, she punches monsters in the face– and isn’t that why we sit through these movies?
The blood and gore in this movie were pretty rad and kept me quite entertained throughout the whole flick. You have a crap load of zombie decapitation iterations, awesome zombie make-up, zombies getting showered with fire, some amputations, someone getting chopped into bits by a wind turbine, and a shitload of headshots.
Did I like this movie? No. Was it entertaining? To a certain extent. I do have to admit that the final act of the movie and Alice’s story did have a pretty decent plot twist that will appeal to the die-hard RE fans. After it’s all said and done, this is just another forgettable installment in the Resident Evil series, and thankfully it will be the last. Not sure how they managed to stretch out this Umbrella Corporation, T-virus business for so long, but it’s over now, and we can all rest easy.