Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (2017) Review

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'Resident Evil: The Final Chapter' is the sixth and, as the title suggests, the final installment of the 'Resident Evil' movie series.

'Resident Evil: The Final Chapter' is the sixth and, as the title suggests, the final installment of the 'Resident Evil' movie series.

This is what it looks like when a movie series is forced to swerve and hit a brick wall when it had very little direction to begin with. When contained within this one movie, the story makes only a little more sense than if you had seen all the movies that came before this. I have seen all of the movies that came before and it became extremely apparent early on that writer and director Paul W.S. Anderson did not have a coherent plan for this series that continued for almost 15 years and served as a vehicle for his wife, Milla Jovovich, to star in. The biggest problem with the original was that it had very little to do with Resident Evil and simply took random names and elements from the game series to make its own thing.

The only anchor throughout the series was Milla Jovovich’s character, Alice. And each movie seemed to only loosely continue off from the previous after Anderson and others involved with the series got new ideas for the next movie after being inspired by other movies and games to copy things from. Characters that are references from the games like Leon, Jill, Claire, and Ada come and go throughout the series with no explanation as to where they went off to in the next movie or whether they are still alive.

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Characters that are references from the games like Leon, Jill, Claire, and Ada come and go throughout the series with no explanation as to where they went off to in the next movie or whether they are still alive.

The Final Chapter starts where 2012’s Retribution left off. Sort of. Retribution ended when Alice, Leon, Jill, and Ada were taken by Albert Wesker to the last outpost in Washington D.C., based at the White House. So, The Final Chapter starts with Alice getting up from the rubble of the White House with no explanation as to what happened, where Leon, Ada, and Jill went, and some explanation about Wesker betraying her for some reason. This seems to completely contradict why he brought her there in the first place. Actually, it contradicts almost all of the motivation for the events of the previous movie.

Since there was so little motivation throughout the series for why the Umbrella Corporation is trying to both destroy the world while trying to dominate the world – or something – Anderson ends the series by explaining what was going on with even more contrivance and contradiction to motivations in previous movies. The Umbrella Corporation, seeing that the world will end due to global warming, over population, and nuclear weapons, decides to end it on their terms so they become like a doomsday cult to cleanse the world like Noah and the flood.

most of the other characters are so shallow and poorly developed…..there is no tension, the big action scenes are pointless, and the great stunts, many performed by Jovovich herself, are wasted.

Just forget the story, it’s dumb and will give you a headache if you try to connect the whole story of the series into some logical continuation. Again, this is a vehicle for Jovovich to be an action star on screen. But Alice seems practically invincible while most of the other characters are so shallow and poorly developed that the audience just doesn’t care about them. If you don’t care about the characters and if there are few real stakes to worry about, there is no tension, the big action scenes are pointless, and the great stunts, many performed by Jovovich herself, are wasted.

One saving grace about Retribution was that it did have great visual effects (including slow motion) and interesting sets that made it interesting to look at in 3D on the big screen. Unfortunately, The Final Chapter is loud, extremely fast, and obnoxious almost all the way through. It’s hard to see anything clearly in fighting sequences and action scenes because there are a lot of camera cuts, a shaky picture, and the appearance of the movie’s speed being upped about 50%.

Milla Jovovich has proven herself to be a fantastic action star. Hopefully now that Resident Evil is done, she can go on to use her talent for much more coherent action films.

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Good

  • Milla Jovovich and others performing stunts show their talent
  • Some great visual effects

Bad

  • Very little motivation with no definite stakes
  • Secondary characters are extremely shallow
  • Story is overall incoherent and does not make for a cohesive series overall

Summary

This directionless movie series is swerved into a makeshift destination because it has become low on fuel over the past 15 years. Fans of the series will want to cap it off by seeing this one because it is more of the same, but moviegoers that want a more fulfilling and cohesive experience might want to look elsewhere. Thankfully the Resident Evil video game series is back to its roots with real tension and horror, unlike this movie.
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Graham McCann
Ever since he found his mom's Atari 2600 under the TV when he was about four years old, the rest of his life was connected to gaming. His family got their first computer when he was five years old in 1991 - a 286, which was powerful enough to play Wolfenstein 3D and the Hugo adventure game series. He got a Sega Genesis when he was eight, a Pentium 120 when he was nine, a Nintendo 64 when he turned 10, and a Playstation for Christmas when he was 12. A few years after that, he was able to make money and buy games for himself. So, his collection grew and hasn't stopped. When he was 12, he decided that he wanted to be a video-game journalist because he had a subscription to Gamepro Magazine. He eventually went to journalism school, then television broadcasting school, worked for a few years in the news industry, and now here he is with FGE. Graham looks forward to what the future has to bring and he is dedicated to being a part of this awesome gaming industry.
  • Jalane Farrington

    There’s a couple of things that my friends and I questioned about the film series as well. For one, we believed that we saw the inventor of the T-Virus on the second film, and we believed that Angela was the person that Red Queen took a replica image instead of Alicia. Another fun discussion was on the third film, the Red Queen told Alice that she could invent the cure at that base, but apparently, she either a) didn’t care for inventing a cure, b) didn’t want to leave a clone behind to try to develop a cure or c) she didn’t hear that part. Finally, I really, really hated that fact that they showed the ending of Resident Evil 5 as a unified team, but the Final Chapter starts with Alice alone again.

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