Picking up after Resident Evil: Retribution, Alice (Milla Jovovich) is the only survivor of what was meant to be humanity’s final stand against the undead. Now, she must return to where the nightmare began – The Hive in Raccoon City, where the Umbrella Corporation is gathering its forces for a final strike against the only remaining survivors of the apocalypse.
What We Thought:
With this film being called The Final Chapter one can assume it will be the last film in the series. Add in the fact that it did nothing at the US box office (but did solid overseas) and that’s a pretty good assumption. If Resident Evil: The Final Chapter is the last film, it was a pretty solid way to close out the franchise.
I’ve always had a soft spot for this series. It’s sort of like the Underworld movies, the first one is good, the rest are always at least watchable. The sequels have never been great, but they are always good for at least one watch.
That describes this latest sequel perfectly, it’s good for at least one watch. Myself and Asst. Editor Rocky Maxwell watched it together and we both enjoyed it for what it is. Of course it feels like a ton of other movies, but they always have.
There are these tanks that lead an army of undead that look like GI Joe’s HISS tanks. The way the tracks are and the black color immediately reminded us of COBRA’s tank. There are slow motion scenes straight from The Matrix. A previous sequel had way more, but it was still noticeable here. Sure at this point in time most action zombie films look similar, but you can tell this has definitely borrowed from other movies.
The Final Chapter finds Alice having to go back to The Hive in order to release the antidote to the T-virus. You see her on the road riding a motorcycle, fighting a flying creature in a Hummer and running into old friends. It’s a good mix of all the movies. There’s enough that takes place on the road and at The Hive in Raccoon City. You get plenty of undead, a scene in the laser room, Iain Glen as the bad guy, lots of violence and explosions.
It also explains a bit more and wraps up the story pretty well. There’s enough of an opening to have another movie, but with the disappointing US box office and the story being fully told, I don’t see it continuing unless it’s straight to video or streaming or opening overseas only. Alice learns more about herself, young Alice and Alicia Marcus and overall that storyline works. You get enough explanation for everything to make sense and how Umbrella Corp developed the T-virus and its original use. I think it ends the series well and should stop there.
The Blu-ray looks really good. The films have always looked great, crystal clear with solid special effects and this is no different. Explosions pop and the undead look great in HD. Audio is just as good with easy to hear dialogue, loud effects and so on. There are also some good bonus features to check out.
Resident Evil: The Final Chapter like previous sequels didn’t do much here in the US, but was a pretty good hit overseas. Milla Jovovich still looks good as Alice and still handles the role and the action quite well. The franchise has been helped by the overseas market, but with the way the story is wrapped up I don’t see the need to continue. I’ve always enjoyed watching these films and this one is no different. If you are a fan of the video game turned movie series definitely watch this film.
RECOMMENDED FOR THE FANS OF THE FRANCHISE!
- Retaliation Mode
- Sneak Peek: Resident Evil: Vendetta
- “Stunts & Weaponry” Featurette
Cast & Crew:
- Milla Jovovich
- Ruby Rose
- Ali Larter
- Director Paul W.S. Anderson
Recommended If You Like:
- The Resident Evil films
- The Underworld franchise