Resident Evil: The Final Chapter is Bad, But Are you Really Surprised?

After crawling their way to a sixth installment in the franchise, the Resident Evil movies come to an underwhelming conclusion full of bad...
  1. Casp
    I don't like any of the Resident Evil movies. There, I said it. I know they have their dedicated audience (a franchise doesn't last six features without a loving audience) but they have always baffled me with their existences. I watched all of the previous installments in the franchise to prepare for this one and get caught up, and I really cannot tell the movies apart. The plots are usually pretty identical, the action is always filmed in the same fashion, the threats never seem tangible, and I sit with my eyes glazed over as I watch two hours of nothing unfold in front of me. Whenever a Resident Evil movie finishes, I feel like I just lost two hours of my life. Most of the entries are directed by Hollywood hack fraud Paul W.S. Anderson, the husband of main star Milla Jovovich, and this franchise, at this point, just feels like paychecks for them to go on expensive yacht vacations. This "final" entry only serves as further evidence, with its lazy action, incoherent editing, laughable special effects, and wooden acting that is actually an insult to wood.

    Before I tear this film to shreds, however, I want to address the good things about this movie, because there are a few. At 106 minutes, the film doesn't overstay its welcome or feel like it's too long. W.S. Anderson keeps things moving along and doesn't let the movie become plodding. Some of the action is reasonably intense and a few hand-to-hand combat sequences are kind of exciting, but not nearly enough to fawn over. Jovovich looks pretty appealing, and she has been a believable action star in all of these movies. She's able to sell the action heroine of Alice. I especially liked when the movie ended, because it meant I could go home and hopefully never watch a Resident Evil movie again.

    This installment, much like the previous ones, are indiscernible from the others. There is an abundance of explosions, limbs being lost, Mlla Jovovich screaming on putting on her "stoic heroine" face, but it's all amounting to nothing. Alice, as a character, has never really been developed, despite there being six movies in this franchise that follow her. I don't know many things about her or many reasons to care about her plight. I just feel like she's a fun action heroine to watch perform ludicrous, CGI-assisted stunts, and is a little eye candy to boot. There really just isn't anything to latch onto with Alice, though, because Anderson spends so much time trying to make her look like a superhero that he forgets to make her a person. She just seems like this entity that's bigger than life, and that the audience can't possibly resonate with because she's just so massive in metaphorical scale. Alice isn't really a character in these movies, but more of a catalyst for Anderson to move from action set piece to action set piece.

    Speaking of action, let's talk about it. Oh, man, you guys, it's not good. Save for a few fist fights, the action in this movie is a whirlwind of blurry angles, quick cuts, and a lot of camera shaking. It's sort of on-par with the other films in the franchise, but it's somehow a lot worse in this one. The action is completely incoherent and it's so difficult to tell what's going on in any of the action scenes. Hyper-edited visuals occur on-screen and there are a lot of noises to try to guide the audience to figure out what is happening. I guess if you like watching a series of things unfold in front of you, then this movie is for you, but when I watch an action movie I prefer knowing what is happening and what's at stake. Here, all I know is that someone is punching someone else, and absolutely nothing more than that. It's pathetically weak.

    I don't really want to get into the plot here. It's so convoluted at this point that I'll spend four paragraphs explaining it, but ironically, it doesn't really even matter. The plot is, again, just a catalyst for Milla Jovovich to throw punches and for Anderson to make a lot of money out of creating the same movie for the fifth time. A few side-characters are still around, but they have less personality than the keys I'm typing on, so do you really care about them? The plots in these movies don't really matter anymore, because the script explains everything that happens to you in the first few minutes. There's always a "last time on Resident Evil" portion of the movie before the movie really starts, and it lasts like five minutes. All I can really say is the plot is thin, pointless, and unexciting.

    The acting in this movie is akin to watching someone overdose on Ritalin in their sleep. Everyone is just kind of walking around, waiting for principal photography to finish so they can collect their paychecks and go home. Anderson directs his actors by telling them "You're getting a few million from this role, so just do it and get it over with." I totally just lied, but I wouldn't be surprised if that's all he told his actors because getting the camera rolling. Milla Jovovich seems unbelievably bored while filming this, and I'm sure she is. This is her sixth time around the block as Alice, and I'm sure she's just as tired of it as I am. These don't seem like joyful movies to film, mainly because their tones are all so grim despite the fact that the action is akin to a Saturday morning cartoon. I've seen better acting from liquidating furniture stores.

    This is obviously not a movie I recommend you see (unless you love these movies and are going to see them regardless of what anyone says), but are you really surprised? These movies aren't really made for me; they're made for the audience that latched onto the first one, which isn't even necessarily Resident Evil fans at this point. I have no idea how these movies correlate with the games anymore, and I don't think Anderson does either. I think the name is just there for brand recognition so the money will be easy. But, regardless, these movies are made for the same group of hundreds of thousands of people that like these movies, and they will go see this one, too. They aren't made for me because I don't have an attachment or attraction to this franchise. So, if you were a fan of the previous installments, you'll get just as much enjoyment out of this one. If you aren't, then I suppose I don't need to tell you to avoid it, because that was probably your plan this whole time.

    Also, this movie ends with Alice saying "My work isn't done yet" so the title of this movie is a big fat lie!

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  1. JoinTheResistance
    If you are saying that he movies are the same, you clearly hadn't been paying attention while watching them! As a fan of the franchise (both the games and the movies) I can say that the original, Apocalypse and Extinction were the best, after that the movies have been going down hill, coinsidentaly or not, this is after Milla Jovovich married the director Paul W.S. Anderson. I haven't watched the last one, but I doubt it is as bad as you say. On the other hand, I don't think it's as good as the first three.
    1. MONTEA
      your gonna ask yourself alot of question but alot of key character where cut...

      but the violence was great, alot of monster from the game make an appearance
    think the part when she drop the bomb is kinda of a ripoff from deadrising when you drop a queen jar
    but hey they in the same company tree, thought the drama and story telling was bulls*** from when the last one ended to the starting point

    and the curve ball was a complete troll moment i swear i couldve spend better time with my family then watch alice doing ballerina ****

    and for me i gave up on the game side story in my opinion i think capcom and other game should quit milking cows out but i think by now it brain dead enivorment and for some chicken **** idioits who sit in a board room and discuss over thing should get fired

    but hey i get game to movie is worst attempt

    im hoping sooner or later disney buys out rockstar so we can see bully or gta get the daggers to the gravesite

    my soft cheese is that mass effect and star wars are in the same universe cause the opening quote to episode say in galaxy far far away....

    but that a rant i dont want to throw 2 cent into cornpop bowl

    cant wait rings to come out and have some ***hole do a mlg video for it
  3. televisedfool
    Saw the movie tonight.

    This one is easily the best resident evil movie of them all. Great action scenes, Plenty of on the edge of your seat moments. Strong acting from Milla Jovovich (as if that was ever a worry, she's perfected Alice.) and the rest of the cast is pretty decent as well. This film is where Milla definitely shines the most and I had a great time watching it.

    If I had to find something I didn't like about the film was that it felt short (but not rushed.). It left me wanting more and I hope we get more because this series is a thrill ride.
  4. BreakdowN
    I thought the first movie was pretty good. I feel after the third one it just kinda started to get silly. Just like the Fast and the Furious series.. It has its audience and that's why they keep making movies.
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  5. televisedfool
    Going to see this movie tonight in the Imax. Can't wait, I love the series of movies and games. :biggrin:
  6. Soph
    Welp the title of this is 100% biased, at the beginning of this post you already made it clear you have no idea about the Resident Evil story, so nonetheless you wasted more time with this article than actually watching the movies unfold. Nice read tho, but shame on you :smile:
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    1. WWE
      It's obviously going to be biased because it's a review (no rude intentions), everyone has their own opinion about things and Casp is stating his opinion on the series.
    2. Deadpool
      The disillusionment is real
    3. Casp
      A review is an inherently biased piece of writing, speech, or video. A review is a justification of an opinion. The story of the Resident Evil films is convoluted and usually takes a backseat to the spectacle, and my review didn't even focus on that. I spent as much effort discussing the story as Paul W.S. did crafting the story around this movie. If you like these movies, go ahead and see it. I even said that at the end of the review. You'll like it if you liked the previous entries. I didn't like the previous entries, and because this one was so similar to those, I didn't like this one.
      I say this time and time again, but if you were secure enough with your opinions you wouldn't feel compelled to justify them to the internet like this unprovoked. Everyone has their own tastes, and I enjoy plenty of things that are widely regarded as bad (I'll apologize for the first Purge movie until the very end), but it's fine if you don't agree with me. Go watch the movie and form your own opinion. What I have to say about it shouldn't bother you enough to make a passive aggressive comment like this.