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It’s admirable to be positive and sometimes if you cannot say anything nice, don't say anything at all. However, in the case of the movie, Resident Evil - The Final Chapter, I think that being silent would be a disservice to whoever was contemplating going to the theater to watch this movie. I just saw the movie, and wanted to quickly get my review out to you as sort of a warning about it. As the saying goes -- “To be warned is to be forearmed.” But I’m getting ahead of myself. Here is my review of Resident Evil - The Final Chapter.
Hodgepodge of Meaningless Actions and Jump Scares
I recently watched an episode of Celebrity Apprentice where the task was to create a video. Once the final product reached the team to be edited, they realized what a mess it really was. Faced with a deadline, the editors instructed the videographer to add all kinds of sounds, to cut scenes out and to just do whatever with the footage -- since it was going to be a disastrous product anyway. This is what I felt was done to Resident Evil - Final Chapter. Regarding the jump scares -- The first one was fine - I must admit I did jump a little. But with each of the other jump scares (which there were many) they became just a time filler, a waste of time and generally ignored by me and probably the rest of the movie audience.
Convoluted Plot of Resident Evil - Final Chapter
If you are an adult, or over 17 years old for that matter, would you take direction and information from a 10 year old child, or a child in general? Of course you woudn’t, if you are of normal intelligence. Even if the child is now superimposed as a computer of some sort, the fact remains that you are looking to a 10 year old for advice and the next steps to take. When I saw the 10 year old “adviser” in the beginning of the movie, I saw this as one of the many red flags to let me know this movie was one I should have passed on and saved my time and money. However, for the sake of spreading the news to you, I endured sitting through the whole movie, but suffice it to say, I was the first to get up and leave.
Realism of Resident Evil - Final Chapter
This is a movie involving monsters, zombies, creatures, including flying ones, skeletal dogs or wolves and all other types of weird organisms, which is par for the course for these types movies. However, the scene showing what looked to be millions of zombies running behind Alice, played by Milla Jovovich as she was being pulled by a tank -- took movie-magic too far. Not only were there legions of zombies chasing her, it was hard to believe that not one could catch up with her or that she didn’t become tired and end up being dragged by the tank. I think Milla Jovovich via the director took having superhero powers to another level when she managed to escape all of her altercations not only with zombies but with enemy fire, lasers, and other ammunition that would easily have defeated an ordinary human.
Plot of Resident Evil - Final Chapter
Spoiler Alert. Even though the movie starts off giving a backstory of what took place previously in this story, which centered around a child who would age to be an elderly 90 year- old when she actually would only be 25, in my opinion, there were no rhyme or reason with the plot of the movie itself. It looked like the whole world was already destroyed but for a few humans, zillions of zombies and monstrous creatures left behind -- so I did not see any reason for this movie.
Was the plot to save the few people left? Was the plot about a vaccine to cure the sickness of this child? Was the plot to fight off the zombies? Your guess is as good as mine. My answer would be there was no plot to the movie. Watching this movie, you realize that it is just an humongus compilation of disjointed, action explosion scenes interspersed with creatures with no plausable storyline.
Regarding unnecessary action -- there was a scene that showed Alice seemingly imagining how she would use a fountain pen to defend herself as she walked toward it as the enemy was getting ready to attack her. Would you believe instead of saving this maybe for deleted scenes for the DVD when it comes out, this movie actually wasted more time showing each way she would battle against her opponent with the fountain pen.
Spoiler Alert. There was a hint of a plot when towards the end of the movie Alice, an elderly woman and the 10 year old child (in computer form) was in the same room and the child, of course in all of her 10 years of wisdom told the Alice (the main character) that Alice was not really who she thought she was, but was a clone, with no memories or any real feeling. I sighed with belief, because this would explain why she did not show any feelings when her comrades were destroyed even if the information was coming from a 10 year old. However, this moment was short lived when the movie veered to some more unnecessary action scenes that did not move the story along.
By the way, if you are prone to having nightmares about falling into large holes, being in very tight places, being stuck in tunnels, or being chased by skeletal wolves, I think you should stay away from this movie. To be honest, you should stay away simply because Resident Evil-Final Destiny is a bad movie -- period.
Assessment of Resident Evil - Final Chapter
I think your time and money would be better spent elsewhere instead of paying to watch Resident Evil-Final Chapter. Unless you like watching a movie with no plot, random fight scenes that have no basis, like to see grotesque looking creatures, hanging corpses, violence and mindless explosions, I suggest you pass on this movie.
Resident Evil - Final Chapter is by no means entertaining and you will probably lose lots of brain cells as you watch it. Want an example? Well towards the end of the movie, the child gave the clone hero, Alice, a data set of memories, as if that was all that was needed to make her human. The positive of this movie is the star is a female and she is starring in an action role; however, the movie itself needs a lot of work.
In short -- and to not mince words -- None of the actors stood out or gave good performances, there was no plot, the action scenes were repetitive and the jump scares were a joke.
Rating of Resident Evil - Final Chapte
On a basis of 1 star to 5 stars, with 5 stars being the best, I rate Resident Evil - Final Chapter 1 ½ stars.