The Final Chapter forces Alice (Milla Jovovich) back to Raccoon City in one final attempt to end the catastrophic zombie apocalypse and take down the remainder of the Umbrella Corporation.
The film opens with some background information on the development of the T-Virus. We learn its creator Dr. James Marcus was killed by Wesker (Shawn Roberts) under the command of Dr. Alexander Isaacs (Iain Glen) and because of his military intentions for it.
The mission, should Alice choose to accept it and trust the recipient (the Red Queen) is to return to The Hive, Raccoon City within a 48-hour time frame. The Red Queen tells Alice of an airborne anti-virus developed by the Umbrella Corporation> that will kill anything infected with the T-Virus before the last of mankind is wiped out. This is her chance to end it all.
For fans of the franchise, this is just another day at the Umbrella Corporation office. Unfortunately for anyone else, the film boasts its usual speedy pace that would make any sane filmgoer feel physically exhausted, with exceedingly dramatic music and an antagonist that just won’t back down.
It’s not all bad though: the zombies might not be those of prestigious Romero films but they quite literally ooze in impressively rotten detail. The monumental visuals of the droves of undead combined with the majestic but disgusting creatures Alice clashes with are enough for an enjoyable cinematic experience here.
The fast cuts of the action scenes take place at such a fast pace that ten seconds later you’re only just processing what’s happened, and by then you’ve already fallen behind. At times, it feels like too much hard work. By the end, you’ll question whether it was actually worth it.
The majority of the characters, as they always have been in the Resident Evil films, are zombie/Umbrella Corporation chow. It would have been a positive u-turn to see this final instalment not waste its cast on such pointless roles, potentially ending on what could have been a high note. Unfortunately, the film falls flat on character development across the board.
Iain Glen’s Dr. Isaacs is once again the insuppressible driving force of antagonism that, quite frankly, refuses to die – a bit like the franchise. How he carries on after being defeated so many times makes parallels with video games and the defeat of the exasperating final boss.
The Final Chapter provides a fitting end to the Resident Evil franchise. Whether we are to see Alice again in the future is left ambiguous, but it seems likely that this consistently negatively received franchise could possible rear its zombified head again…
If you go in to this expecting a more serious, less grossly dramatic film then you’re sure to be disappointed. But, if you’ve stuck with the franchise this long, you might just enjoy it.
Dir: Paul W. S. Anderson
Prd: Paul W. S. Anderson, Jeremy Bolt, Robert Kulzer, Samuel Hadida
Scr: Paul W. S. Anderson
Cast: Milla Jovovich, Ali Larter, Shawn Roberts, Ruby Rose, Eoin Macken, William Levy, Iain Glen
Music: Paul Haslinger
Country: Germany, France, Canada, Australia, United States
Resident Evil: The Final Chapter is in cinemas now.