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Resident Evil: The Final Chapter




Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (R)
Film Reviews by Amy Diaz

02/02/17
By Amy Diaz adiaz@hippopress.com



Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (R)

Milla Jovovich’s Alice goes another round with the Umbrella Corporation in Resident Evil: The Final Chapter.
The sixth movie in a franchise that began in 2002, Final Chapter seems like even it has forgotten some of the plot points from previous films, but the basics are this: The evil Umbrella Corporation has unleashed the T-virus, which turned most of humanity into zombie-like creatures and some (people? animals? I forget) into even more horrifying monsters. Much of the planet is a wasteland yet somehow the Umbrella Corporation is still operating with an impressive amount of henchmen for an apocalypse. Small bands of survivors exist. In the last few movies, these survivor groups have tended to include Claire (Ali Larter), who is Alice’s buddy and near equal when it comes to kicking butt. Bad guys include Dr. Isaacs (Iain Glen) and Wesker (Shawn Roberts), both of whom, like Alice, have been given enhanced physical abilities. 
That, generally, is the lay of the land when Alice is contacted by the Red Queen (Ever Anderson), a hologram of a little girl who is the embodiment of the computer that runs Umbrella Corporation. The Red Queen has gone rogue and now wants Alice to go find an antibody to the T-virus, hidden in The Hive (Umbrella’s facility in the long-ago-bombed Raccoon City, where all of this started), and release it. It would kill anything infected with the T-virus and prevent its further spread. I think. And she has to do it in two days or else the minuscule remaining amount of humans will perish, er, somehow. 
Basically, Alice has a quest, the quest takes her back to the setting of the first movie, some bad guys are after her and eventually she runs in to Claire.
Something about the way the movie’s action scenes are shot makes this movie a perfect sleep aid. I did not fall asleep during my screening, but it was a constant struggle to stay awake.
Why, you ask? Stakes. There are basically none in these movies. Whenever groups of scrappy survivors go on missions with Alice and Claire, you know that most of them are going to die, probably one by one in set-piece booby traps. There is always at least one occasion for Alice to unload two guns on an approaching thing that doesn’t die but also doesn’t kill her. The previous movies have ended in such a way that nothing is really resolved or changes. Even this movie seems to leave some wiggle room in the Final of Final Chapter.
So, meaningless action and an unchanging story — why even bother with Resident Evil? I’d put it in the same category as the Underworld or Expendables movies. They aren’t awesome, they aren’t terrible, they just are. You can watch them, you can watch half of them, you can watch 30-minute chunks of some of the movies. You don’t really need to know the “story” to understand “cool person kicking butt,” which is what most of these movies are dedicated to. These are comfort-food action movies, predictable entertainment that is easy to consume. “Predictable entertainment that is easy to consume!” never appears on the movie poster, but that’s all this movie is and all it needs to be.
If Resident Evil: The Final Chapter really is the end, I will actually a little bit miss the ladies-being-badasses friendship of Alice and Claire and the sheer fact that Jovovich is a 41-year-old female action hero. But that’s about it. C+
Rated R for sequences of violence throughout. Written and directed by Paul W.S. Anderson, Resident Evil: The Final Chapter is an hour and 46 minutes long and distributed by Screen Gems. 





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