Movie ReviewsResident Evil: The Final Chapter – A Fitting End

Keith NoakesJanuary 27, 2017

Films based on video games have mostly been hit or miss with one of the best being the Resident Evil series. I didn’t realize that the series has been around for 15 years and 5 films so it’s only fitting that the series end now with its sixth entry, entitled The Final Chapter.

Synopsis: The human race’s last hope against apocalyptic obliteration is supersoldier Alice, but she’s been stripped of her psychic powers. Alice is soon forced to form alliances and rally survivors in Raccoon City for the climactic battle against the Umbrella Corporation and its ravenous hordes of the undead. (Rovi)

Starring: Milla Jovovich, Ali Larter, and Iain Glen.

Writer: Paul W.S. Anderson

Director: Paul W.S. Anderson

Rating: R

Running Time: 106mins


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For those who may missed any part of the series (such as myself), the film offers a short retrospective near the beginning but seeing the other films would be ideal. The film picks up where the last one left off in Washington D.C. with Alice (Jovovich) still alive but now powerless. She is given new hope when she learns of the way to rid the world of the T-Virus for good but in order to do so, she would have to go back to Raccoon City, where everything started.

Being the last film in the series, it does a good job at filling gaps in the story and answering lingering questions (I haven’t seen the whole series so I don’t know for sure). We know how it started and why it started as well as the truth about Alice. It all came as a surprise but it really wasn’t a surprise considering the film foreshadowed this early on.

Getting back to Raccoon City wasn’t easy as Alice had to face stiff competition from all the various T-Virus infected creations and the rest of the Umbrella Corporation and the evil Dr. Isaacs (Glen). Alice was not alone, however, as she was reunited in Raccoon City with her friend Claire Redfield (Larter) and a few other disposable characters. The characters were with Claire at the time but they did not matter whatsoever, making it easy to not care about what happened to them.

The Resident Evil series has never been the most cerebral and it continues here. The action is mindless, the dialogue is mindless, everything was pretty much mindless. Fans of the series won’t mind this but others might. The best part of the film had to be the action. It was very well done as it was quick and relentless, along with the rest of the story. It seemed like there was always something going on which was entertaining and also engaging. Sure, some of this takes away from the story and the characters but being the sixth film of the series, it didn’t bother trying as hard.

The acting was good with Jovovich being the standout. Even after six films in fifteen years, she is still compelling to watch, especially while mostly alone early on. She handled herself in the many action scenes, proving that she is still perfectly capable. Glen as Dr. Isaacs was the only other compelling character, serving as the main villain. He was also fun to watch, going toe to toe with Alice during their great final showdown.

The title means exactly what it says, The Final Chapter, so it would be surprising to see anything else from this series, barring the inevitable reboot.

Overall, this was an entertaining but mindless finale for one of the best video game film series with some great action and performances.

Score: 7.5/10

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  • thoughtsallsorts

    January 27, 2017 at 11:50 PM

    Thanks for this super review. I’ve been tempted to watch this one but, like you, had never watched any of the previous ones. I can now do this because, yaaay, I don’t have to see the others. I’m just curious about this series…looking forward to it!

    • Keith Noakes

      January 27, 2017 at 11:53 PM

      I’ve seen maybe the first two movies but seeing them all would probably be better. You’re probably fine though because of that retrospective at the beginning.

      • thoughtsallsorts

        January 28, 2017 at 12:05 AM

        Great! Thanks. Honestly, I probably won’t watch the rest…so will just give it a try. Have a super duper weekend!

      • Keith Noakes

        January 28, 2017 at 12:06 AM

        You too!

  • Gavin

    January 28, 2017 at 3:40 AM

    Nice post. I think I’ve seen all the past films, although I’m not so sure! They got a lot weirder towards the end.
    They are a bit of a guilty pleasure really, though know that they aren’t going to break much news ground but they are at least entertaining, especially if you enjoy wild, video game violence. And zombie type things! Looking forward to seeing this last one, get it all finished!

  • Reads & Reels

    January 28, 2017 at 11:03 AM

    Glad you liked it . You’ve got to watch the other ones. I will be so pissed if there is a reboot in 5 years lol

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