Resident Evil: The Final Chapter : Movie Review

Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (2016)
Director: Paul W.S. Anderson
Script: Paul W.S. Anderson
Starring: Milla Jovovich, Ali Larter, Iain Glen
Released: OUT NOW
Run time: 106 minutes
Rated: 15

In this final instalment of the computer-game-turned-movie-franchise Alice (Milla Jovovich) finally learns the truth about the T-Virus and her past. But with only 48 hours to save the human race can she and Claire Redfield (Ali Larter) finally put a stop the evil plans of Doctors Issacs (Iain Glen) and Wesker (Shawn Roberts)?

In the past I have felt that the Resident Evil series of films have often favoured style over substance… not that doing so is a bad thing… the films are action packed, fun filled zombie-killing romps and that’s exactly what they should be, but they have also been a bit short on plot, and the plot that they do have does tend to change from film to film. In this Final Chapter I think it’s fair to say it’s not a lot different, the answers to the questions that Alice has been trying to learn for ten years come thick and fast, although I’m not sure if they are quite in line with previous instalments. But does it really matter? No, this is a fluid storyline in a make-believe world and just as in the games the storylines change so do they here too.

The level of acting has always been pretty decent in this series of films, but Jovovich, Larter and Glenhave always been the best actors in the franchise so it’s good to see them all front and centre in this final instalment with plenty of screen time and each have a major involvement in the plot.

The film and of course the obligatory fight scenes are all excitingly fast-paced and full of inventive smack-downs for zombies and T-Virus deformed super-creatures alike, such as a pack of Cerberus zombie dogs that chase Alice and her group of survivors.

This is the sixth movie in the series. It’s been a long ride with Milla Jovovich over ten years. She’s been amazing in this series of films. Always game and up for anything. She’s been an fantastic supporter of Resident Evil and she really deserves a lot of credit, as does Paul W.S. Anderson who has written and directed the series from the very beginning. It’s not often that actor and director stay together over six films! They really do love the franchise and I believe that the audience loves them too. It’s been a fun ride. The time has probably come for it to end but I wouldn’t say no to a seventh movie!

Author : Kevin Stanley