Sunday, January 29, 2017

Resident Evil: The Final Chapter

Movie Name: Resident Evil: The Final Chapter
Year of Release: 2016
Director: Paul W. S. Anderson
Stars: Milla Jovovich, Iain Glen, Ali Larter, Shawn Roberts, Eoin Macken, Fraser James, Ruby Rose, William Levy, Rola, Ever Anderson, Milton Schorr, Joon-Gi Lee
Genre: Action, Horror
Score out of ten (whole numbers only): 4
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Director Paul W.S. Anderson is back, following the underwhelming "Pompeii" with the supposedly final chapter in the "Resident Evil" series. The film follows the events of the last chapter , that left Alice in DC having thwarted the plans from the villainous Wesker, one of the Umbrella Corporation's main men. Alice discovers that the Red Queen (the artificial intelligence operating system that runs Umbrella) is trying to salvage what is left of humanity, and that the Hive, located in Raccoon City actually contains an anti-virus that can successfully save what is left of the planet. On her way to Raccoon City, Alice discovers that Claire Redfield is still alive, and alongside a few other survivors, she sets out to defeat both Dr. Isaacs (and his clones) and Wesker, who is secluded in the underground bunker that is part of the Umbrella Corporation. What Alice discovers along the day changes her life forever.
The "Resident Evil" saga which began in 2002, with a rather straightforward plot about zombies running amok in the fictional Raccoon City, and the sole heroine who battles them, has apparently come to its closure. In this sixth chapter, writer & director, and main creative source, Paul W.S. Anderson, maintains his habitual traits of privileging action over substance, but does end giving Alice more dimension, and a certain level of humanity that the previous films never managed to create. By going deeper into the source of the virus, in the quest to find a salvation, the director actually managed to give its leading lady some depth, something that Milla Jovovich successfully brings to life, in a role that she has made her own (mixing just enough wit, warmth and the tired stance of the bruised warrior). The film continues to have enough brainless action to appease the fans, but this time around also gives its main villain some extra edge, introducing in the story some relevant religious and sociological overtones, that though undercooked, still add some extra dimension to a rather flat plot. It's a film that has sufficient allure to keep the viewer interested, and though better than most of the films in the series, it still lacks enough bite to make it memorable.