Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (2017)

But is it reaaaaaally the final chapter?

Picking up immediately after the events of 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 begun – 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.

Paul W.S Anderson is back for the “final” entry of the absolutely chaotic post apocalyptic zombie series with Resident Evil: The Final Chapter. For 106 minutes it is messy, it is violent and it is pure idiotic mayhem. For what it is, it’s a total hoot.

To really enjoy this movie, one has to leave all inhibitions and embrace the ridiculousness. Anderson is very self aware of what this movie is, and he has done a great job of meshing horror, action and a touch of jest altogether.

The pacing is relentless, with hardly any down time between the splatter of intense sequences one after the other. The choreography of the hand to hand combat scenes are undoubtedly stylish and easily the best thing about the film. That said though, the editing style follows suit and is frantically cut together resulting in choppy scenes and missed opportunities to relish in Jovovich’s mesmerizing screen presence of being a total badass.

Admittedly, I don’t think I’ve seen entries 2 – 5 of the series, but the original I’ve seen countless times, so going back to Raccoon City instantly filled me with giddiness, as I just knew it was a given that the deadly laser grid was going to be back for more turmoil!

This film is far from perfect, it barely passes as an acceptable flick. The colour grading is far too dark, at times I had trouble making out who was who, the cuts are too fast and a totally unexplained time limit of exactly 48 hours is thrown into the mix, but I don’t care…  Milla Jovovich is still smoking hot and Ruby Rose is my everything right now. Resident Evil: The Final Chapter is exhilarating for every second, and I couldn’t wipe a stupid grin off my face for the entire film.

6.0 / 10

“We’ve played a long game, you and I, but now it’s over”

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