Resident Evil: The Final Chapter – Good, Bad & Ugly Review

Picking up immediately after the events in Resident Evil: Retribution, Alice (Milla Jovovich) is the only survivor of what was meant to be humanity’s final stand against the undead. Now, she must return to where the nightmare began – The Hive in Raccoon City, where the Umbrella Corporation is gathering its forces for a final strike against the only remaining survivors of the apocalypse. – (Source)

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 33% (Critics) / 56% (Audience)
Directed By: Paul W.S. Anderson
Written By: Paul W.S. Anderson
Starring: Milla Jovovich, Iain Glen, Shawn Roberts and Ali Larter
Studio: Sony Pictures

The Good:
It was nice to see Iain Glen enjoying himself in a role and it was obvious he was having a heck of a fun time chewing up scenery as the evil Dr. Isaacs as opposed to seeing him being a lovelorn sad sack as Jorah on GAME OF THRONES.

The Bad:
This movie went so overboard with the quick cuts and choppy editing (especially in fight scenes) that i started to get motion sickness while watching it. The editing was so erratic that most of the time you couldn’t tell what the hell was going on in a particular scene. But honestly it felt to me like the main purpose of this film was Paul W.S. Anderson could film cool slow motion scenes of his wife being badass and actually making a complete movie that would entertain anyone but him and Milla Jovavic be damned.
Unsurprisingly the script was a mess and the story at the heart of it was dumb. But you don’t come to a RESIDENT EVIL movie for intriguing ideas and whip smart dialog I guess.
The movie also would introduce characters with very little fanfare, do nothing to make said character interesting at all and then summarily dispatch them a few minutes later in some grisly manner but it didn’t matter because none of the people in this film were worth caring about.

The Ugly:
So the world has ended, zombies and other miscellaneous mutant creatures have overrun the planet, there are only a handful of uninfected humans still alive and the villain of this film actually was talking about holding a vote with the Umbrella board so he can depose the current CEO? Really? How did Anderson write that scene without realizing how monumentally stupid it all was?

Final Verdict: This was a bad movie on pretty much all levels and wasn’t even capable of being worthwhile as just some mindless zombie fare. The only positive about RESIDENT EVIL: THE FINAL CHAPTER is that maybe it means a reboot that sticks closer to the video game concept will be coming along sometime in the near future.

Grade: D-

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