Resident Evil : The Final Chapter Movie Review
Movie Review by Anirudh Madhav (Rocheston Certified Movie Critic)
Fifteen minutes into the movie, the storyline becomes quite predictable – Alice (Milla Jovovich) has returned to the hive to destroy what originally started the apocalypse. Game of Thrones star Iain Glen (Dr. Isaacs) returns as a villain with a massive army of zombies by his side, his sole aim being to destroy the last oppressors, i.e. survivors of the apocalypse.
Set in an apocalyptic scenario, the movie has its share of jump-scares, with zombies getting hacked, slashed and shot on a regular basis. The storyline moves at a brisk pace with action sequences in various situations leading up to the Hive. It’s delightful to watch the seemingly invincible Alice battle dragons, fight villains and blast armored vehicles while also burning thousands of zombies.
It’s hard to miss the film’s resemblance to Mad Max: Fury Road, in particular the sequence where Alice is used as bait for an army of zombies by being tied to an armored van. With Alice on the final mission to find an antidote to the virus, Director Anderson ensures that his storyline does not divert from its sole mission.
Alice meets a group of survivors which includes Clare Redfield (Ali Carter) – a character from the previous installment – and new entrants such as Ruby Rose who fail to deliver a punch in the movie. The screen presence of the movie is largely dominated by the menacing clones of Dr. Isaacs and Alice who mows down infected creatures with her acrobatic skills, all the while maintaining her ice-cold expression.
The movie lacks a polished narrative, featuring frequent chaotic action sequences with several CGI creatures appearing out of nowhere. The film can be watched without audio simply because it includes several dialogues and a soundtrack that are both straight out of the video game. Although the movie does end as you would expect it to – with the wiping out the zombies and the elimination of the virus – it does leave room for a sequel. Alternatively, a completely new storyline for Alice cannot be discounted as a possibility. However, compared to the previous installments of the Resident Evil series, this movie has improved on the CGI front, enhancing the appeal of zombies and its apocalyptic setting.
The film could have offered a slower narrative with dialogues that would have added depth. With action sequences dominating every scene, there was scope to impress with some mind-blowing action sequences,something the film failed to do.