Resident Evil: The Final Chapter
Release Date: February 21, 2017
Released By: Sony Pictures
Cast: Milla Jovovich, Ali Larter, Ian Glen
Run Time: 107 Minutes
“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.”
‘Resident Evil: The Final Chapter’ is the sixth and final installment in the Resident Evil franchise. The movie is a direct sequel to the previous film ‘Resident Evil: Retribution’, and takes places after it’s events. Alice is one of the only survivors left in the Apocalypse, and she decides to make her way back to where it all began…Raccoon City. Once there, she finds another group of survivors, including her old friend Claire, and they team up to defend their safe zone from the Umbrella Corporations attacks. After a massive battle against an army of zombies, the remaining survivors head to the birthplace of the Umbrella Corp to finish this once and for all. ‘Resident Evil: The Final Chapter’ is packed with action but lacks in just about everything else in my opinion. For starters, a good sequel should be able to stand on it’s own, in addition to relating to the previous films in the franchise. This film struggles to do that in many ways. The story throws you right into the mix of it all with little explanation, which could very well leave someone confused if they aren’t already familiar with the past films. Some of the interactions between recurring characters are hard to understand if you haven’t seen the other movies as well. On a brighter note, as I stated before, I did enjoy a lot of the action throughout the movie. Some of the stunts were very unique, and the explosions & zombie kills were a lot of fun to watch as well. With that being said, a lot of those scenes were also heavily edited and fast paced which downgraded it a bit for me. I don’t have a problem with editing if you have to mask some imperfections but it was way over done in certain scenes, often making it a little hard on the eyes. As far as the cast and their characters go, they all did a good job with their roles. Occasionally you get some overacting but it wasn’t really an issue. Milla Jovovich does a great job as ‘Alice’, and she once again proves to be a strong, powerful, and independent female role model for younger girls. I’d also say the same for Ali Larter’s character ‘Claire’, even though she’s not exactly a lead character per se. Overall, I felt that ‘Resident Evil: The Final Chapter’ was a mess. Yes it has some positives scattered throughout but the negatives outweigh them for me. The only way I would recommend it to anyone is if they’re a fan of the previous films, and/or you don’t care about story and you just want a mindless action/popcorn flick.
Picture & Audio Quality:
The Picture & Audio Quality are probably my favorite parts of this Bluray set. Yes, the movie has a gritty tone to it but it didn’t take away from the sharp quality and amount of detail that was put in. Whether it was on the characters themselves or within the surrounding environments, ‘Resident Evil: The Final Chapter’ doesn’t disappoint when it comes to Picture Quality. The Audio Quality is right up there as well. This movie was full of action scenes which meant lots of explosions and gunshots. Both of which felt very life like and close. You don’t have to have a surround sound speaker system installed to notice that. The score/soundtrack really added to the overall experience as well.
Included in this Bluray set are a nice amount of Special Features. Some of which that actually made me appreciate this film and the Resident Evil franchise a bit more. “Stunts & Weaponry” shows just how much actually goes into each stunt and action scene. You get a look at how they set certain stunts up, and how they make it possible for it to look the way it does in final product. It was also really cool and interesting to see which actors do their own stunts, and what they go through while doing so. This Special Feature also shows off some of the awesome weapons that were used throughout the movie. Another one of my favorites was a Featurette called “The Badass Trinity & The Women Of Resident Evil” which talks a lot about how some of these characters & actors are great models for the younger audience. Even though I wasn’t a big fan of this movie, I always appreciate seeing how much actually goes into the process of it all. All of the Special Features included will be listed below.
– “Explore the Hive”
– “The Badass Trinity & The Women of Resident Evil”
Sneak Peek: Resident Evil: Vendetta
“Stunts & Weaponry” Featurette
6.8 Out Of 10 Stars