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Review: Resident Evil: The Final Chapter

Resident Evil: The Final Chapter
01.27.2017
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Resident Evil The Final Chapter review Milla Jovovich Ali Larter

PLOT: Alice is (once again) determined to put an end to the evil Umbrella Corporation's attempts to wipe out the last remnants of humanity while also searching for an anti-virus that might destroy the hordes of zombies and creatures once and for all.

REVIEW: You'd think they'd want to bring out the big guns for "The Final Chapter," but no. Somehow, even by RESIDENT EVIL standards, THE FINAL CHAPTER is a fail. It actually brings me no joy to say this. While these movies have never exactly qualified as "good," they've soldiered on admirably for 15 years, frequently changing their looks, always adhering to a particular "guilty pleasure" atmosphere that was often hard to screw up too much. Far from art, but they knew their place in the world. The last film, RETRIBUTION, was the low point, a laughable video game movie in the worst sense; just the pits. Now, against all odds, THE FINAL CHAPTER comes along to usurp its short reign as the worst RESIDENT EVIL.

This is an ugly, incomprehensible mess. Not a single action sequence is shot or edited coherently - and believe me, there are a lot of action sequences. There had better be, because things like character development and dialogue are below substandard here. The world-building in APOCALYPSE and EXTINCTION are positively sublime in comparison. Even poor Alice, the heroine of this silly series, doesn't come across well. She often looks flummoxed and put off by the whole thing. If Milla Jovovich and hubby/director Paul W.S. Anderson wanted to leave Alice with a shred of dignity in her (alleged) final adventure, they have mucked it up completely.

Resident Evil The Final Chapter review Milla Jovovich Ali Larter

What's the plot this time, you ask? Well, it's pretty much the same plot of the other RESIDENT EVIL flicks. Alice is the only survivor of the epic, apocalyptic fight that was seen brewing at the end of RETRIBUTION - a fight the movie decides not to show us - and wanders around the smoldering ruins of D.C. for a bit before getting a tip from usually sinister A.I. The Red Queen (Ever Gabo Anderson) that she needs to head to Raccoon City in order to snag an anti-virus that'll wipe out the zombie plague for good. Along the way, Alice meets another ragtag crew of rough and tumble survivors, mostly made up of characters so forgettable and uninteresting you'll barely react when they inevitably die. Old friend Claire Redfield (Ali Larter) is there, but she and Alice have zero chemistry; it's like they've never met before.

Determined to stop Alice is, once again, Dr. Isaacs (Iain Glen), who we last saw as a particularly gruesome mutant in the franchise's third film, EXTINCTION. That was a clone, you see, so the "real" Isaacs is the main villain here, and now he's a maniacal religious zealot for some reason. Lurking in Raccoon City's secret base The Hive is Alice's other nemesis, Albert Wesker (Shawn Roberts), who is relegated to pacing around a lame set and having conversations with the Red Queen, who is secretly plotting against him. Why? Does it matter? The film is wall to wall with exposition but it's all so monotonous you'll be lulled to sleep in no time.

A quick note on Iain Glen. The man does not phone it in. I'll spoil a minor plot point by saying he actually plays duel roles in the film, and hams it up heartily in both. The things his characters have to say and do are utterly ridiculous, and probably embarrassing, but luckily for Anderson and Co. they had a real pro on their hands here, one who wasn't about to give anything less than his all for his paycheck. It's a little thing to hold on to, but if I'm going to give an MVP award to anyone involved with this sad charade, it goes to Glen.

Resident Evil The Final Chapter review Milla Jovovich Ali Larter

In an attempt to get away from the artificial, glossy, green-screeny look of the last two movies, Anderson goes for something that could be called faux-MAD MAX, with grit, grime and dust taking over. Early on the film definitely tries out a FURY ROAD thing - there are motorcycles, fights on top of speeding caravans, etc. - but everything is so dreadfully put together that this film ends up having as much in common with FURY ROAD as it does with HAPPY FEET. We can barely make heads or tails of what's going on most of the time. The fight scenes actually get worse as the movie goes on; no shot seems to last longer than a second, nothing appears to be choreographed. The camera jitters and bounces, making damn sure we can barely tell who is in the frame or what they're doing. It's enough to burn your eyes, fry your brain and make you nostalgic for all the slow-mo Anderson once utilized. I'm so glad I didn't see THE FINAL CHAPTER in 3D.

The sad truth is, I don't think even the most devoted RESIDENT EVIL movie fan will find anything to like or care about here. It's a dismal, disheartening product. Not that this series necessarily deserved a fitting ending, but I suppose it would have been sort of nice if they gave Alice a worthy note to go out on. I won't spoil the conclusion, but it's a complete and utter cop out. How they messed up this bad is anyone's guess, but they did. Shovel some dirt on this rotten corpse... until it inevitably shambles out of the grave once again.

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6:49PM on 02/03/2017
I'm one of the few that enjoyed RE: Afterlife and RE:Retribution. Together with RE: Apocalypse it had some sort of coherent story line, but The Final Chapter ignores everything that happened in the last movie. What a waste. It's baffling Paul WS Anderson wrote both movies. No wait he wrote all of them, yet it seems with every installment he tried to retcon the story of the previous movie, like he saw it and thought "nah I don't like where that writer is heading, I'm going to change it a bit".
I'm one of the few that enjoyed RE: Afterlife and RE:Retribution. Together with RE: Apocalypse it had some sort of coherent story line, but The Final Chapter ignores everything that happened in the last movie. What a waste. It's baffling Paul WS Anderson wrote both movies. No wait he wrote all of them, yet it seems with every installment he tried to retcon the story of the previous movie, like he saw it and thought "nah I don't like where that writer is heading, I'm going to change it a bit". But even worse, and yes besides ignoring all the characters and story from the previous movies, there is something worse, the worst part is the editing that butchers every action scene. It's terrible. As someone who enjoyed the last RE films even I have to admit this one is a stinker.
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8:19AM on 01/30/2017
I'd say the second movie was the worst the series has offered so far. I don't think anyone's heading into this one expecting a work of genius though, are they?
I'd say the second movie was the worst the series has offered so far. I don't think anyone's heading into this one expecting a work of genius though, are they?
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9:34AM on 01/29/2017
Well, it's a Resident Evil movie. There's no logic here. Just action scenes so I'll check it out.
Well, it's a Resident Evil movie. There's no logic here. Just action scenes so I'll check it out.
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10:55PM on 01/28/2017
Wow, I couldn't disagree more with this review! I don't see any possible comparison between the mess that was 'Retribution' and this... As a matter of fact, along with 'Extinction', I think this one tops over the others in the series--just mindless fun yes, but it's a linear film, you can clearly see where's it's coming from and where it's going; it comes full circle in the end; it answers most questions left by the other movies and actually, it provides a cool background to the whole outbreak
Wow, I couldn't disagree more with this review! I don't see any possible comparison between the mess that was 'Retribution' and this... As a matter of fact, along with 'Extinction', I think this one tops over the others in the series--just mindless fun yes, but it's a linear film, you can clearly see where's it's coming from and where it's going; it comes full circle in the end; it answers most questions left by the other movies and actually, it provides a cool background to the whole outbreak that makes sense and is kinda socially relevant. Action is great, they really elevated the scope of the series. Milla is invested in Alice, and it's just fantastic to see her commitment after 6 movies. Honestly, I don't think I could've expected anything better out of a sixth RE movie.
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11:38PM on 01/27/2017
I wasn't expecting much, but 2 out of 10? Is it really that bad? Maybe I'll catch it on dvd. I've never watched any of these at the theater. I reserve my money for films I REALLY want to see on the big screen.
I wasn't expecting much, but 2 out of 10? Is it really that bad? Maybe I'll catch it on dvd. I've never watched any of these at the theater. I reserve my money for films I REALLY want to see on the big screen.
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12:17AM on 01/28/2017
On Rotten Tomatoes the Audience score which iw what I care about gave it a 79%. I usually don't care about what the Joblo reviewers say. They are pretty biased in my opinion.
On Rotten Tomatoes the Audience score which iw what I care about gave it a 79%. I usually don't care about what the Joblo reviewers say. They are pretty biased in my opinion.
7:45PM on 01/28/2017
Yes it really is that bad, and I'm a resident evil fan. It's a complete disaster that barely acknowledges the last 5 films at all.
Yes it really is that bad, and I'm a resident evil fan. It's a complete disaster that barely acknowledges the last 5 films at all.
5:29PM on 01/27/2017
I persoanally loved the "artificial, glossy, green screenery" of the last two. Sure it didn't always look that good but it certainly does go to show that even on a crap budget a movie can look stunning if they are willing to green screen almost everything. As for the Mad max feel, they already did it in part 3 so them going back to it doesn't bother me. Frankly they stopped giving a shit about story and anythign other than the action and visuals after 3. I'll see it on Netflix and just hope
I persoanally loved the "artificial, glossy, green screenery" of the last two. Sure it didn't always look that good but it certainly does go to show that even on a crap budget a movie can look stunning if they are willing to green screen almost everything. As for the Mad max feel, they already did it in part 3 so them going back to it doesn't bother me. Frankly they stopped giving a shit about story and anythign other than the action and visuals after 3. I'll see it on Netflix and just hope it's near as fun as the last one. Far from being the series nadir I found it be the first or second most enjoyable in the series.
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4:26PM on 01/27/2017
Nice review
Nice review
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4:04PM on 01/27/2017
Skip this mess in favor of The Resident Evil VII video game that came out earlier this week. That should tide over fans who are tired of the movies.
Skip this mess in favor of The Resident Evil VII video game that came out earlier this week. That should tide over fans who are tired of the movies.
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3:58PM on 01/27/2017

FIx the editing please.

I try to insert (Friday 13 had the same title...Final Destination fourth movie was titled THE Final Destination) and it doesn't even change. You guys need to work on your scripts, PHP, or something. But your edit button just refreshes the page, there is no function to it other than that.
I try to insert (Friday 13 had the same title...Final Destination fourth movie was titled THE Final Destination) and it doesn't even change. You guys need to work on your scripts, PHP, or something. But your edit button just refreshes the page, there is no function to it other than that.
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3:37PM on 01/27/2017

The "Final" Chapter, The "Final" Destination, Apocalypse, Extinction

What do those titles have in common? They're all saying "this is it folks! Last one, we swear!" I understand these franchises need to make money (in reality, they shouldn't be made) but come on, at least come up with a title that is truthful. Those are just three franchises, I know there are many more examples. Fuck you Hollywood. And for the record, the Residential Evil series is horrible. They should have just made it like the game.
What do those titles have in common? They're all saying "this is it folks! Last one, we swear!" I understand these franchises need to make money (in reality, they shouldn't be made) but come on, at least come up with a title that is truthful. Those are just three franchises, I know there are many more examples. Fuck you Hollywood. And for the record, the Residential Evil series is horrible. They should have just made it like the game.
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5:23PM on 01/27/2017
To me Extinction was the best of the franchise.
To me Extinction was the best of the franchise.
2:48PM on 01/27/2017
This is sad news. I was really hoping they'd do something great with this. But then I forgot it was still Paul W.S. Anderson writing and directing. Don't get me wrong, he did a great job with the first movie. The second was a step up with a different director. I think the third was by far the best one they did. But after that when they gave indefinite directing reigns to Paul W.S. Anderson the movies just kept spiraling down more and more. Paul W.S. Anderson has ruined Milla Jovavich's
This is sad news. I was really hoping they'd do something great with this. But then I forgot it was still Paul W.S. Anderson writing and directing. Don't get me wrong, he did a great job with the first movie. The second was a step up with a different director. I think the third was by far the best one they did. But after that when they gave indefinite directing reigns to Paul W.S. Anderson the movies just kept spiraling down more and more. Paul W.S. Anderson has ruined Milla Jovavich's career. She was a promising actress. I guess I'll wait for it to come out on video. I'll watch just for the sake of finishing the franchise.
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6:17PM on 01/27/2017
Finially someone that agrees with me about the third one being by far the best. Honestly It's the only one I would actually call a good Resident Evil film. Five is pretty entertaining but it's an objectibley horrendus film as far as plot and charecter goes.
Finially someone that agrees with me about the third one being by far the best. Honestly It's the only one I would actually call a good Resident Evil film. Five is pretty entertaining but it's an objectibley horrendus film as far as plot and charecter goes.
11:35PM on 01/27/2017
the third one was my favorite too, besides the first one. The others were just blah to me.
the third one was my favorite too, besides the first one. The others were just blah to me.
2:35PM on 01/27/2017
This franchise just needs to end already along with the Underworld series. Or hell, just combine the two at this point.
This franchise just needs to end already along with the Underworld series. Or hell, just combine the two at this point.
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2:32PM on 01/27/2017

Of course it sucks

Its Paul WS Anderson...he's only just slightly behind Uwe Boll as the worst writer / director ever. Remember how bad AvP was. He takes great ideas and sh*ts on them.
Its Paul WS Anderson...he's only just slightly behind Uwe Boll as the worst writer / director ever. Remember how bad AvP was. He takes great ideas and sh*ts on them.
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5:32PM on 01/27/2017
Don't know about that. Anderson sucks and botching both these and AVP is an unforgivable waste of potential but I just feel there have to be filmakers in between. At least Andersons movies always look cool and usually have a good soundtrack.
Don't know about that. Anderson sucks and botching both these and AVP is an unforgivable waste of potential but I just feel there have to be filmakers in between. At least Andersons movies always look cool and usually have a good soundtrack.
2:13PM on 01/27/2017

I love the movies

They are just mindless fun. This was the best RE movie besides the first one. The last two weren't that good. This was just what I wanted a fun action flick. Yeah the ending should of been better. But its what Alice wanted all along so that was nice. Good way to end the flick. Even though they will be another 6 or so. LOL. And I'm a huge RE fan so I'm saying this as a fan its really good. Not in terms of RE games, its just what you want to have fun at theaters.
They are just mindless fun. This was the best RE movie besides the first one. The last two weren't that good. This was just what I wanted a fun action flick. Yeah the ending should of been better. But its what Alice wanted all along so that was nice. Good way to end the flick. Even though they will be another 6 or so. LOL. And I'm a huge RE fan so I'm saying this as a fan its really good. Not in terms of RE games, its just what you want to have fun at theaters.
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3:43PM on 01/27/2017
I like mindless fun. I don't like these movies. Sorry, but it is what it is. I have to disagree with their decision to not make these movies like the game. I have no doubt that the RE franchise would have been great if they stayed closer to the game. I'd say it's pretty telling when those games have me watching other playing them on Youtube and I can't sit through one of these movies and not get bored.
I like mindless fun. I don't like these movies. Sorry, but it is what it is. I have to disagree with their decision to not make these movies like the game. I have no doubt that the RE franchise would have been great if they stayed closer to the game. I'd say it's pretty telling when those games have me watching other playing them on Youtube and I can't sit through one of these movies and not get bored.
7:13PM on 01/27/2017
You are what is wrong with video game movies. You go see them even when they are complete dog shit.

These movies are a cancer to film and the reason why video games will never be taken seriously as films.

You are what is wrong with video game movies. You go see them even when they are complete dog shit.

These movies are a cancer to film and the reason why video games will never be taken seriously as films.

12:21AM on 01/28/2017
sergeantsnugglez,

The main cancer to video game adapted movies was Uve Boll. Paul W.S. Anderson did a decent job with Mortal Kombat and the first Resident Evil. But he is quickly turning into another Uve Boll. It's like they don't care.
sergeantsnugglez,

The main cancer to video game adapted movies was Uve Boll. Paul W.S. Anderson did a decent job with Mortal Kombat and the first Resident Evil. But he is quickly turning into another Uve Boll. It's like they don't care.
7:49PM on 01/28/2017
We must've watched two different movies. I'm a resident evil fan and it was terrible. Looked like they just threw it together at the last minute with no thought given to incorporating the events of the rest of the series.
We must've watched two different movies. I'm a resident evil fan and it was terrible. Looked like they just threw it together at the last minute with no thought given to incorporating the events of the rest of the series.
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12:59PM on 01/27/2017
Man, Resident Evil: Vendetta looks so good. Can't wait for that.
Man, Resident Evil: Vendetta looks so good. Can't wait for that.
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2:15PM on 01/27/2017
Ya don't listen to this review, hes a moron. And clearly can't have fun at the movies. We as fans already knew these movies had nothing to do with the games. They are just fun movies, you lose yourself in, no more, no less. But Vendetta looks amazing, but those flicks are always solid.
Ya don't listen to this review, hes a moron. And clearly can't have fun at the movies. We as fans already knew these movies had nothing to do with the games. They are just fun movies, you lose yourself in, no more, no less. But Vendetta looks amazing, but those flicks are always solid.
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