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Resident Evil: The Final Chapter

By Anthony Ray Bench | January 31, 2017

Set aside all logic of comprehension of gravity and physics. And if you know anything about any of the previous movies, go ahead and set all that aside too. This movie does not care about your rules or your allegiance to series continuity! It blows my mind how much Paul W.S. Anderson has forgotten about his own films. When he starts writing a new Resident Evil film, does he just flat out refuse to go back and watch any of the previous entries? There are blatant, unforgivable contradictions that spit in the face of anyone who has been keeping up with the series for the past 15 years. How does this happen?

What more is there to say? Its action porn with dated computer-generated effects, a crappy script, pointless characters only there to serve as zombie fodder, and a lot of convoluted nonsense that contradicts all of the previous movies. To the film’s credit, it’s a hell of a lot more fun than any of the Underworld movies. Underworld has the annoying habit of taking everything way too seriously, whereas the Resident Evil series seems to know its place as a dumb action series with over-the-top action set pieces. It knows it’s not Shakespeare, and thankfully it never tries to be. Milla Jovovich always seems like she’s having the time of her life doing these movies, and Kate Beckinsale always seems to have that “Where the f**k is my check?” look on her face.

“…a lot of convoluted nonsense that contradicts all of the previous movies.”

I saw the movie in 3D, and it really didn’t have anything that makes it worth the extra ticket price. I will say this, though; for a film that primarily takes place in the dark, I was surprised at how much I could see. The fight scenes are ludicrous, and it has a ton of shaky cam, but I could at least see what was happening for the most part. That is more than I can say about so many modern films where the lighting is way too dark, and the fight scenes are shot so close that you can’t figure out what’s happening or who has the upper hand.

Resident Evil: The Final Chapter does not come off like a definitive ending; nothing is wrapped up or solved; it’s left ambiguous and open-ended. Again, I doubt this will truly be the “Final Chapter.” Personally, I’m hoping for a horror reboot so there’d be no Alice and no silly Michael Bay explosion-fest garbage. It would just be a series of movies where semi-normal people have to fend off monsters and zombies in a claustrophobic setting where not everything is as it appears to be. Let the Resident Evil franchise start fresh, and completely disregard the damage Paul W.S Anderon has done these past 15 years.

Oh, who the hell am I kidding? See you in three or four years when I review Resident Evil VII: The Quickening.

Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (2016)

Directed and Written: Paul W.S. Anderson

Starring: Milla Jovovich, Iain Glen, Ali Larter, Ruby Rose, Shawn Roberts, etc.

Movie score: 4/10

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"…does not care about your rules or your allegiance to series continuity!"

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  1. Tim says:

    From someone who has seen all of the movies in the franchise I agree with your thoughts 100%. There are so many contradictions from the films that came before that you leave rolling your eyes and shaking your head and there is no need. This franchise had such great potential.

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