Review: Resident Evil: The Final Chapter

Milla Jovovich as Alice / Resident Evil 6

Resident Evil: The Final Chapter is written and directed by Paul W.S. Anderson, starring Milla Jovovich, Iain Glen, Ali Larter, Eoin Macken, Ruby Rose, and William Levy, and is the sixth film is the Resident Evil series.

This film finds Alice (Jovovich) hunting for the cure to the zombie virus that she learns about from an unexpected source.

Though the Resident Evil films have never exactly been great or even good, Resident Evil 6 takes things to a whole new level of awful. The acting is deplorable from everyone involved, but it is the writing that is really at fault for this. The film expects you to care about the characters you already know from past films — as if the characterization was any better in those films — and the new characters are given literally nothing to differentiate them from each other or make you care.

The shoddily written film is filled to the brim with awful one liners, inconsistent character skills and motivations, and forced conflict that adds nothing to the overall piece. But perhaps the biggest sinner of this film is the editing. The direction is lazy and generic, but the editing makes this film virtually unwatchable. The average shot length during any given action scene in this film is somewhere around half a second. There’s never enough time to focus on anything that’s going on in any of these scenes and you’re left essentially having to imagine what might have just happened rather than actually knowing.

As I said before the writing is subpar and the plot is so incoherent and nonsensical that it can actually be aggravating to try and follow. The ending contains a twist of sorts that’s meant to shock the audience and change the meaning of what’s been going on, but it instead feels like a slap in the face to everyone watching.

Though not necessarily offensive in any ideological way, Resident Evil: The Final Chapter seems to care so little about its audience that the result is a film that is completely forgettable and headache-inducing. If you were hoping to watch it for fun, dumb action and were willing to overlook incoherence and poor quality, you won’t even get that. Hopefully, as it claims to be, Resident Evil 6 is the last one.

-Aidan Kelly, Contributor 

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