Resident Evil: The Final Chapter

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Resident Evil: The Final Chapter may prove mind-numbingly chaotic for the unconverted, but for fans of the venerable franchise, it offers a fittingly kinetic conclusion to its violent post-apocalyptic saga.

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The human race's last hope against apocalyptic obliteration is super soldier Alice (Milla Jovovich), but she's been stripped of her psychic powers. She must form alliances and rally survivors in Raccoon City for the climactic battle against the Umbrella Corporation and its ravenous hordes of the undead. This sixth installment of the video game-inspired franchise is directed by Paul W.S. Anderson (AWP: Alien vs. Predator).

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  • This one, Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, ties up all the narrative loose ends, although we were never in Maltese Falcon territory

    Feb 2, 2017 | Rating: 0/5 | Full Review…

    Kevin Maher

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  • Another deafening, boring episode.

    Feb 2, 2017 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Anderson is an artist of zombiod head-shots and secret testing facilities, and Jovovich is his muse. But they can't all be masterpieces, can they?

    Jan 31, 2017 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
  • While the franchise has slackened into dependably dumb post-apocalyptic thrills, star Milla Jovovich has only gotten better, seasoning her long-legged athleticism with a commanding stare.

    Jan 28, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Promises, promises.

    Jan 27, 2017 | Full Review…
  • Jovovich has found her niche as the Brunhilde of movies, the shield maiden, the strong and vigilant Valkyrie who doesn't need a man to save the world until the next apocalypse.

    Jan 27, 2017 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

    Thelma Adams

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Audience Reviews for Resident Evil: The Final Chapter

  • Jun 13, 2018
    Part of me always thought that this franchise would never end. Sort of like how I feel about the Ice Age franchise, as well. They'll keep pumping out these movies, somehow, even after the world have been destroyed and we're all dead and gone. How this happens I don't know, but it is what it is. I think it should be obvious, for those who follow my reviews on RottenTomatoes (and, really, why would you?) that I've never been the biggest fan of this film franchise and the last film in the franchise, prior to this one, being eviscerated by yours truly. Of course I'm familiar with the Resident Evil games. I grew up a gamer and I've played a few of them. For those interested, I've played RE 2, 4 and 5. Those are the three that come to mind, main series at least. So I'm not super hardcore into it, but I know enough to get by. But I just never felt that the fact that the movie is so heavy on action with, really, very few elements of horror made for a good combination. While, until the seventh game which, ironically, came out earlier the same week this movie was released, returned to the franchise's survival-horror roots, the video game franchise was heading towards a more action-heavy approach. An approach that, outside of RE 4, which was revolutionary for its time and, even then, that game mixed horror and action perfectly, had mixed results with fans. The sixth game being such a commercial and creative disappointment forced Capcom to regroup and put out a game that, while considerably different from any RE game out there, felt more in tune with its horror roots. And, from what I understand, it did very well commercially and creatively. So, yes, but the thing is that what works in games might not necessarily work in film. I hate that the franchise is more about the generic action than truly compelling and effective horror. But, realistically speaking, an action-horror movie is a better sell than the alternative. And, as much as it pains me to say, it has led to this actually being one of the most commercially successful horror franchises of all time, on a worldwide basis at least. The six movies, in total, have gross $1.2 billion worldwide. That's obviously nothing for a film like, say, Infinity War which has grossed something like $2 billion worldwide. So just one movie almost doubled the entirety of the gross by this entire franchise. But, for horror, not many franchises cross these numbers. And, honestly, these movies are made for the international markets. Case in point, this movie made $26 million domestic and $285 million worldwide. That means that the worldwide gross was almost ELEVEN times that of the domestic. That's a staggering number, honestly. So, while these movies kinda suck, you can see why they keep pumping them out. Having said that and maybe it's because I was in a more forgiving mood given the events of this past week, but this could have been considerably worse. I realize that's not the best way to start a review, but this is where we are and you're just gonna have to deal with it. The thing is, this movie is still, technically speaking, bad. From a story perspective, honestly, I have no idea what's going on at any time, in the entirety of the franchise I mean. I swear to you that all of these films blend together and there are absolutely no distinguishable differences. All of the films look and feel the same and, thematically, they are very similar. Something about Umbrella and the T-Virus and fighting zombies. Blah, blah, blah. If you were to ask me to give you a detailed rundown of every film in the franchise I would not be able to do so, since I would not know to what movie in the franchise what I'm writing, at the time would belong to. That's problematic, but that's what you have to go through when the same guy (Paul W.S Anderson) writes and directs every movie in the franchise. That's probably the biggest issue with these movies, outside of them being poorly written and incomprehensible films. The thing about this is that, while Milla Jovovich is Paul's wife, her career has taken a hit as a result of this franchise. Nobody really takes her seriously as an actress and, honestly, it's not fair because Milla is pretty damn good at what she does. And, really, I'm not even saying that she's bad here, but she's much better than what she's allowed to show. I suppose that's neither here nor there. As far as to what I thought about this movie, it's watchable at best. It's a movie about a deus ex machina. Someone at Umbrella Corp produced an antidote to the T-Virus, which ironically is only known in the last movie, and Alice has to find it and release it before the last of the human settlements (in the U.S or the world or something) is wiped out. Simple and basic, I guess. But there's also Alice's vengeance against Isaacs and Umbrella Corp for wiping out humanity so they (and other rich people, I guess) could rebuild the earth in their image. I think first things first, the action in this movie is absolutely terrible Terrible in that there's so many quick cuts and edits that you really have no fucking clue as to what's happening and who's hitting who. I don't honestly remember them being this bad in previous movies, but maybe they were. It's seriously really fucking bad and, honestly, I was actually nauseated during some scenes because of it. The narrative is nothing to write home about. I mean, really, these movies aren't made because they have actual stories to tell. And, if you're a fan, don't pretend that they are. How else do you explain missing characters that survived the events of the prior film? Which was an issue here in that certain characters survived the fifth flick only to be missing entirely from this one. And it's not the first time this has happened either. If you care about your franchise's story then you're not gonna just ignore characters like that. But, really, since this sequel didn't require their presence it's like as if they never existed. Having said that and I understand that there are fans pissed off at this. But, guys, it's Resident Evil, who fucking cares??? This isn't like Breaking Bad doing its series finale without closing off Jesse's story. Jesse was a character central to the narrative. Were any of the characters who survived the events of the previous film as important as Jesse was to Breaking Bad? Honestly, I find it highly unlikely and I will fight anyone who says that they are. So, really, let's just get a grip here and come to the realization that this isn't really that important of a film franchise to get all worked up about. Yes, it's a slap to the face and insulting to your intelligence, but there's no reason to hold a grudge for a franchise that's so obviously shit. And, another thing, there's a twist in this film and it's so fucking obvious that you have to wonder what the point of pretending was. There's no real shocking revelation here, because you've already figured it all out, so it all feels kind of pointless. We're all just meant to pretend that what's staring at you through the TV screen (or tablet screen) isn't actually there. That's not as insulting as completely ignoring the existence of established characters, but it's still pretty bad. I don't know, though, but this wasn't as bad as I would have expected. Maybe I'm just high or I haven't slept much, but I felt that this was ok. Ok is still not good. Ok is still not average. Ok means that this is still a relatively bad movie, but one that doesn't make you wanna pull your hair out. Can you actually believe that there's actually already a reboot of this franchise being planned? This movie came out early last year and we're already trying to find ways to revive its rotting corpse. I mean, to be fair, The Final Chapter is probably meant to close off Alice's story, even though they left things open-ended enough to bring it back if they so wish. But come the fuck on. We're just starting to get over how bad these movies have been, do you really need to re-open that wound so soon? Couldn't you wait 10 years??? There's some inspired, but forgettable, bits right here. I couldn't tell you what they are since, of course, they are forgettable. But two stars is still better than the awful half-star I gave the previous movie. So I guess things are looking up. I wouldn't recommend it, though. Awful action, nonsense storyline, generic look/feel and just an overall sense of franchise fatigue (from its own creators) means that, while this is an improvement over the previous entry, it's still not worth watching on its own merits unless you're a fan. And, at this point, are there any of those left???
    Jesse O Super Reviewer
  • Aug 23, 2017
    With Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, Paul W.S. Anderson brings an end to this long-running franchise. As humanity teeters on the verge of extinction Alice takes on one last mission to return to Raccoon City to steal a cure to the T-virus that could end the Zombie Apocalypse. The plot is extremely contrived, beginning with a laughable retcon of the series that creates all kinds of continuity issues. And the action scenes are fairly rote and don't have any real stakes to them (as Alice is practically invincible). Still, some of the big zombie battles are entertaining. Running on empty, Resident Evil: The Final Chapter is one of the weakest entries in the series and doesn't have much to offer.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Apr 16, 2017
    The final chapter? Why do I somehow doubt that. Also, 'Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter', not really a good sign is it. Yet you could say this present day horror franchise is the modern equivalent of the trashy slasher franchise of the 80's, just glossier looking. I mean lets be serious here, who in their right mind thought we'd be at movie number six with this franchise. Anyway this movie starts off by giving us a complete backstory flashback right from square one. This is presumably because many folk will have forgotten everything that has come before in this fast food throwaway franchise. I'm not really surprised, there has been so many characters dying, surviving, disappearing and coming back its easy to get confused. So what's the new angle this time? There is no angle, its back to Raccoon City! ugh!! Yep all the way back to the hive where it all began, but why? (other than cash grabbing on nostalgia porn). Because there is in fact an antivirus to the T-virus which has been developed by Umbrella. But why would Umbrella develop an antivirus? Well because they intend to keep all the rich and important people frozen in cryogenic pods underground in the hive. Then once the T-virus has wiped out mankind (Umbrella released it on purpose), they will wake up, release the antivirus to kill off the T-virus and then start Earth over as they want. Was this the game plan all along? I dunno because I can't remember and there's no way in hell I'm rewatching the last five movies. This beginning does also mean that we don't get to see the rather epic looking mega battle that was hinted at in the finale of the last movie. You know, where the last remnants of the human race were all holed up and barricaded in the White House with a humongous army of undead creatures and mutants trying to break in. Yeah that looked awesome...but we don't see it, just the aftermath where everyone has been killed and Wesker apparently betrayed everyone...again! So Alice must reach the hive and retrieve the antivirus within a set time limit. Why the time limit? well according to the Red Queen the remaining human outposts will fall when this time limit expires. Not really sure how the computer would know this, how could it tell when every last human is dead? Anyway one of the earlier things we learn is not everyone from the previous movies is actually dead. There are still numerous clones running around which all equals lots of convenient and contrived twists and reveals. And as to be expected, the movie raises many many questions concerning the plot and possible errors. So on her way to Raccoon City Alice inevitably comes across numerous obstacles or traps, obviously these are Umbrella orchestrated. There appears to be a small band of survivors in Raccoon City and Umbrella are determined to kill them off. They aim to do this by moving towards the city in tanks very slowly (led by the thought to be dead Dr. Isaacs, same actor), leading a vast undead army behind them, no clue why. Eventually Alice winds up with the survivors, gains their trust (mainly due to the reemergence of Claire Redfield, same actress) and decide to make a stand against the incoming hordes. Low and behold Alice and co win, destroying both tanks in the process. Yet in the next scene we see Alice and co using one tank (was there more than two? only saw two). Stage two, off to the hive with her new band of gun totting badasses (some white blokes with beards and muscles, a few sexy women, one token black guy, the usual), which is briefly interrupted by zombie dogs. Cue a sequence where most of the team somehow manage to outrun said zombie dogs accept for the obligatory odd member who gets mauled. Once inside the hive they discover it to be a giant funhouse of deadly traps being controlled by Wesker (whose face looks oddly plastic and CGI). Here most of the team get killed off at various stages by various traps. Its all highly obvious but actually highly entertaining. In fact the whole deadly funhouse angle is actually a neat way to go, shame it doesn't last very long. In the meantime there are more Umbrella tanks with armies of the undead moving slowly towards Raccoon City, not really sure why though. One tank picks up Isaacs (he survived the first attack with his other tanks), he informs one soldier to head for the hive. Said foot soldier says he can't he has other orders...but from who?? Is there someone else we don't know about higher than Isaacs? Its at this point that Isaacs kills the foot soldier. These movies amuse me, in a world where the human race is on the brink of extinction, people still go around killing each other en mass. And apparently Isaacs can afford to kill his own Umbrella foot soldiers, surely they must be running out? Stage three, Alice reaches hive central so to speak and confronts Wesker who has thawed out some of the rich important people. Said people turn out to be the real Isaacs (UGH!!!) and an old lady in a wheelchair. So I don't wanna spoil anythi...ah fuck it, the old lady is actually the real original Alice. Yes the Alice we've all been following through all these shitty movies was in fact a clone all along...oh...my...God! We then get a whole load of spiel from Isaacs who explains his entire dastardly plan and how much he hates both Alice's. The real Isaacs also has the antivirus which he goads clone Alice over. Thing is, if Isaacs hates old lady Alice so much, why doesn't he just kill her? If he doesn't want clone Alice getting the antivirus, why not lock it up in a hi-tech safe? Stage four, the finale. Its incredible but somehow, some bloody how, that flippin' laser beam corridor is back. You know, the one that cuts people up...well except Alice. Yes the finale sees clone Alice and the real Isaacs having a good brawl which leads them into the laser beam corridor. Alice again manages to dodge the beams, for some reason the beams don't form the deadly diamond mesh formation which allows Alice to evade them. Alice then sticks a grenade in Isaacs pocket which doesn't blow him up? and doesn't kill Alice also? I guess it wasn't a grenade? whatever. Stage five, the final part of the finale (oh please!). Well what do you thinks gonna happen here?? Clone Alice manages to kill everyone of course, Wesker (wasn't he a monster at one point or something?), the real Isaacs and even all the cryogenically frozen people (geez!). The antivirus is released into the atmosphere and literally wipes out all the zombies within seconds, doesn't even need time to spread through the air apparently. We could of at least seen some cool decomposing or melting or breakdown of the zombies as the antivirus destroys the T-virus, nope they just drop like flies. Luckily it will take years for the antivirus to spread across the globe so that leaves plenty of time for yet more undead monster killing adventures from Alice, hurrah! OK credit where credits due, this franchise started way back in 2002 for Pete's sake, its now 2017 and its still (apparently) going strong. Despite the fact I literally cannot understand how this is happening, I have to admit that's impressive, come on admit it, it is. Considering almost every one of these movies is virtually the same shit but in different locations, I have to give congrats even though it pains me to do so. Yet despite all the questions, flaws and stupidity this movie is actually one of the better ones in the franchise. Its not completely ridiculously overblown nonsense as you might expect, its actually a little bit toned down, much darker, a smidgen more serious and you don't get as many mutants, monsters or zombies. Its still a total videogame-esque rampage of blood 'n' gore that feels like its played out in stages with boss fights, of course (obviously nothing like the actual videogame). Its simply not as daft and thusly that little bit more engaging in a good way.
    Phil H Super Reviewer
  • Mar 29, 2017
    This is a convoluted mess of sloppy action and failed storytelling. How does the final 30 minutes take an hour of movie time? This is not a final chapter to the franchise, that final scene is a slap in the face to people devoted to this guilty pleasure series. The film starts well and hits a downhill spiral of poor storytelling along with relentless editing cuts that renders a action film, tiresome. The film drags to a very boring finale, it's probably the reason they thought another film might be needed. The first film is probably the best of the series and we are robbed of the conclusion to all the other characters we met along the way. This film was a giant f you to the fans and I won't pay for another sequel. I think it's time to reboot with a direct adaption of the PS game that kicked it off. 04/05/2017.
    Brendan N Super Reviewer

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