Resident Evil: The Final Chapter – 1 out of 5
It’s been a bit since I’ve played a Resident Evil game but, boy howdy, did I enjoy them. The first three were so much fun on the old Playstation and I was wickedly in love with the new direction it took with the fourth one. On the other had, the film series loosely based on the game franchise doesn’t get the same amount of love. I will admit that I was cautiously optimistic about the first film but, sadly, was greatly disappointed with it because it haphazardly rode this line where it felt nothing like the franchise but contained enough reference where it at least seemed like it belonged—unfortunately, not belong strongly enough. Add in some cheesy acting, a story that is coming off like it is trying too hard, and a lead who just didn’t have the charisma needed to lead the charge and the film was just disappointing to me…albeit one that was kinda fun to watch because of how lame it was (it was easy to riff on, is what I am trying to say). Since then, it has been followed by weaker and weaker sequels (and yes, I’ve watched them all despite not liking them—like I said, they are easy to riff on). In 2016, the final film in the franchise was released (it’s been stated the franchise is going to get a reboot—hopefully it is a little more faithful to the original games). At the time, I didn’t see it and actually forgot it was made and released. Recently, I was reminded of it and since there is a pandemic on, I figured that I would finally check Resident Evil: The Final Chapter. Well, I watched it…and it delivers about as well as the other films.
|The face on this thing looks like the monster from Jeepers Creepers. I don't know...|
a crossover with a franchise made by a sexual predator is the last thing the Resident
Evil franchise needs.
The world is lost to a plague created by the Umbrella Corporation. A creation called the T-virus was made in order to stop a disease but used instead to cause a zombie apocalypse. A former security specialist for the company; Alice (Milla Jovovich), has been in a never-ending battle with them in order to stop them. After the events of the previous film, she finds herself in the remnants of Washington D.C. where she was left for dead (hey, that’s another zombie game). While there, she learns from the Umbrella Corp.’s artificial intelligence called The Red Queen (Ever Gabo Anderson) that she must return to where it all started; Raccoon City. There an airborne antivirus has been created and it can kill everything infected with the T-virus but she only has 48 hours to achieve this. Now it is a race against time to cure the world but Dr. Alexander Isaacs (Iain Glen), the maniacal CEO of Umbrella who wants to see the world recreated in his image, is out to stop her.
|Yes, Alice, listen to the creepy child A.I. and get to Raccoon City!|
|I definitely applaud how this franchise captured how|
cheesy Wesker is as a villain. Let's be real, he was
pretty laughable in the original game.
The Final Chapter is probably the least enjoyable movie of the series—and I mean that as it is not an easy film to riff on and laugh at. It honestly was a bit of a chore to sit through. The story is so far gone from the games that it is barely recognizable as a game adaptation, the characters are not interesting (to say the least), and the story is trying so hard to be interesting and dynamic but it just feels so painfully bland and sterile. To make matters worse, the plot moves way too rapidly. You make absolutely no connection to new characters that are introduced and then, when they get killed off, the story acts like it is this emotional moment—meanwhile, I am questioning if the story ever even mentioned the character’s name. Overall, the film just feels incredibly rushed and a lot of action sequences and moments of spectacle were added just to add some meat to a stew that was already very light and unfulfilling.
|"Hurry, my flock of characters barely even worth getting any development!|
We need to get to the next set of sequences where you die and we try to act like
it is an emotional impact to the overall story."
One of the hardest aspects about this movie to deal with (and definitely one of the biggest killers to its potential entertainment value for me) is the bland action sequences and the overly aggressive nature of the editing for these scenes. I’m not sure why but it feels like there are one thousand edits for every 5 punches thrown in these sequences. The film is so aggressive with its cuts during action scenes that it becomes very disorienting as it is too much for the brain to digest, it makes every punch and kick thrown impossible to watch, and made each fight sequence more of a potential creator for migraines than something that could entertain and excite. The editing is so atrocious during these action sequences that it literally made me wonder if it was being used as a bandage in order to hide really bad fight choreography or hide stunt performers. Either way, the action in this film is just atrocious due to horrible editing. Seriously, you blink during an action sequence and you’ve just missed at least 15 cuts.
|Okay, I will give you this one, Resident Evil: The Final Chapter. Having a human forced|
to run on a tether behind a vehicle as bait for a horde of zombies is pretty cool.
Concerning the cast, I’m not really going to knock this one. Granted, the performances are very much on the flat or cheesy side but this franchise has so many problems that even the greatest performance to ever exist (Vincent D’Onofrio as Edgar in Men in Black, that’s just a scientific fact that I just made up) can save this film or the franchise. If anything, the performances, as “meh” as they are, are probably one of the film’s saving graces. Sure, the characters are boring, lack dimension, and are impossible to feel anything for because they just aren’t interesting or commanding in the slightest but at least their inherent cheesiness offers up some mildly entertaining moments and something to at least chuckle at--even though this film is mostly a vast ocean of moments that are difficult to riff on.
|That's about the same level of enthusiasm I have|
when I watch a Resident Evil film.
Resident Evil: The Final Chapter is less of a bang and more of a whimper ending for this already pretty “meh” franchise. Despite it having a seemingly decent budget and excellent special effects, the film sorta feels like it is giving off a Direct-to-DVD vibe as it has an overall cheap feeling thanks to a story that is very shallow and a pace that feels like it is rushing to get things over with. I am hopeful that a reboot will not only get something a tad closer to the video game or, at the very least, just be something a little more memorable and entertaining. Overall, as far as video game adaptations go, this could have been far worse but due to the fact it feels so far removed from the game franchise it is hard to really put this in the game adaptation category.