Resident Evil: The Final Chapter Reviewed by Mikey Lance

The Premise
Picking up immediately after the events in Resident Evil: Retribution, Alice (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.

The Review
This is 6th and self-proclaimed ‘final chapter’ in the Resident Evil franchise and by now, it’s pretty easy to lose track of the story. Fortunately, in true Resident Evil fashion, they recap everything at the beginning of the film, and give the viewer a broad scheme of what’s been happening over the last 10 years (story wise). This film actually marks 15 years since the first Resident Evil back in 2002 and the longest gap between films at nearly 5 years since Retribution.

I’ll have to admit, I had low expectations for this film, and with a very jarring, almost visually offensive opening sequence, I thought my expectations were set at the right level. However, this film grew on me. It seemed to get better as it went on, save a few scenes here and there. The trouble is, these films can fall into a narrative trap where the main character, Alice in this instance, has nothing left to defeat. A ‘Who’s the bad guy now?’ kind of scenario. All they can do is continually upgrade the baddy to make it half-way interesting. But this film went where I didn’t expect, which was nice. It kind of ‘bloomed like a flower’ for lack of a better, grittier metaphor. Bloomed like a mushroom cloud?

Paul W.S. Anderson (director of all six films) had some awesome sets to work with in this film – they make for good immersion after staring at endless miles of post-apocalyptic CGI madness, which can get tiresome. One scene in particular has a really creepy Silent Hill-type vibe going on with the most terrifying t-Virus creature yet. That took me by surprise for sure.

What I really like about this final chapter is they close the story nicely, all the while not losing track of its origins and the events back in 2002. Without giving away any spoilers, let’s just say this film is just as much about Alice as it is Umbrella Corporation and their greed for power… with a few twists here and there. I’d take anyone who like zombie apocalypse films or if they just want to see how it all ends.

The Verdict
Makes for a fun movie night viewing with friends. Hard on the eyes at times but a good finish to the franchise.

The Trailer

The Info
Releases: 26th January 2017
Rating: R16 – Contains violence and horror
Duration: 106 minutes 
Genre:  Horror
Starring: Ruby Rose, Milla Jovovich, Ali Larter
Director: Paul W.S. Anderson (Resident Evil Films)

The Extras
A TV series is supposedly in the works following the release of this final installment to the Resident Evil film franchise.

During filming stuntwoman Olivia Jackson suffered a severe injury to her left arm after a motorcycle crash and ultimately had to have the arm amputated.

The alleged final installment of the "Resident Evil" film franchise, however depending on domestic and international gross business decisions may or may not be revised.

The film was originally slated to start filming in Fall 2013 for a September 12, 2014 release date but was canceled for a 2016 release instead. The reason for the film delay was due to the series star Milla Jovovich becoming pregnant with her second child.

The film will see the return of Ali Larter as Claire Redfield. The character was last seen in Resident Evil: Afterlife (2010).

Sienna Guillory will not be reprising her role as Jill Valentine. She announced on Twitter that she was never asked to join the project. She did however acknowledge thanks from all the fans for their support for her performance as the character.

Ricardo Cornelius was a crew member on the film's shoot in South Africa when he was standing near a Humvee that was located on a rotating platform. Apparently, the Humvee was not properly secured and it slid off the platform. According to Deadline, when this happened it pinned Cornelius against a wall and crushed him. The crew member was rushed to the hospital and placed on life support, but he passed away a few hours later. This was the second accident on the set of the movie albeit a fatal one. The first crew member to get injured was Olivia Jackson (see trivia above).

Final day of filming took place 10th December 2015 in Belhar, South Africa.