Friday, February 3, 2017

Movie Review: "Resident Evil: The Final Chapter" (2017)

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Director: Paul W.S. Anderson
Rating: R
Running Time: 1 hour, 46 minutes

Alice (Milla Jovovich) faces off against the Umbrella corporation one last time, and under the advice of the Red Queen, must invade The Hive at Raccoon City to find an airborne antivirus. 

"Resident Evil: The Final Chapter" is the sixth film in the "Resident Evil" franchise. It is once again written and directed by Paul W.S. Anderson. Of course, as always, this installment stars Milla Jovovich as former Umbrella security agent Alice. She continues her fight against the Umbrella corporation and now, due to a tip from the computer system known as the Red Queen, Alice learns of an airborne antivirus that can wipe out all of those infected with the T-virus. To get it, she just has to head back to Raccoon City and down into The Hive where the madness all started.

The one thing that has always held true about the "Resident Evil" franchise is how inconsistent the narrative is from film to film. For those who have watched the entire series, the previous installment had a Mr. Smith-knockoff called Wesker, played by Shawn Roberts, betraying Umbrella. That installment ended with him re-injecting Alice with the T-virus, supposedly giving her back the superpowers she had through parts two, three, and the beginning of four, which Wesker took away in the first place by giving her the anti-virus. Well, wouldn't you know it, "The Final Chapter" opens with the Red Queen artificial intelligence system telling Alice and us, the audience, through exposition, that allllllllll of those plot points were complete and utter bullshit, that Wesker never actually betrayed Umbrella at all and never actually re-injected Alice to give her back her powers. Like you do. Beyond completely negating all the events of the previous film, this is just another stupid, trite plot device used to make surprise twists with each new installment. More will happen throughout this film that continues to negate plot points from other installments as well, but if we named them all, we'd be here forever.

For this film, director Paul W.S. Anderson must have thought to himself, "you know what was wrong action movies like "Taken 3" and other films like it? They didn't have enough shaky camera and didn't have enough quick cuts throughout the action sequences!" Anderson not only doubles down on the shaky cam and billions of cuts per second, he triples downs on these things. From the first monster-zombie attack, we knew this was going to be a problem. Within the first three seconds of this attack scene, we see what is about 15 edits and unnecessary cuts. There is another sequence shortly after it that is only a couple of minutes in length with well over a hundred different shots and camera angles, and finally, there is the big battle scene which is an all-out assault on the eyes, which pushes 500 cut edits, making sure you see every piece of action up close from 50 different angles.

We left "Resident Evil: The Final Chapter" feeling like we did when we left "Hardcore Henry." As our eyes dizzied and twitched, we exited the theater angry with not only witnessing this horrible filmmaking but angry about how we wasted our time watching this entire god awful series. As one would expect, on top of all of this horrendous action, the acting is still just as terrible as ever, the plot is contrived, and it is by far the most inconsistent with the previous films. Despite it being called "The Final Chapter," it very well may not be. Regardless, we won't be seeing another one of these garbage films in the theater.

My Rating: 2/10
BigJ's Rating: 2.5/10
IMDB's Rating: ~6.3/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: ~34%
Do we recommend this movie: AVOID LIKE THE PLAGUE!!!

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