There are legion of fans as well as legions of detractors for the Resident Evil film franchise, but I am firmly in the fan camp. While the films don’t have much to do with the games, they are still fantastically fun and action packed films and Milla Jovovich’s Alice has become a genre icon. The last couple of films have dipped a little in quality but this newest film (and supposedly final?) takes us back not only in story and characters, but in quality.
Resident Evil: The Final Chapter picks up immediately after the events in Resident Evil: Retribution, with Alice (Jovovich) as the lone survivor of what was meant to be the end of humanity. But now she must return to where it all started, The Hive in Raccoon City, to face Dr. Isaacs (Iain Glen) and the Umbrella Corporation for a final standoff that will determine the fate of mankind itself.
Yes, it seems like every film is the ‘final battle’ but let’s just give the story a pass when it comes to the Resident Evil films. The thing that really matters is whether it keeps things interesting, has lots of action and looks good. And on those levels Resident Evil: The Final Chapter scores big. Jovovich is in top form once again as Alice, a role she no doubt feels incredibly comfortable in by now. She is kicking ass like never before and always doing so with style. It is also nice to some kick ass supporting cast members this time around like Iain Glen, Ali Larter returning as Claire Redfield, the always fun Ruby Rose, and Shawn Roberts returning as Wesker. The action scenes in Resident Evil: The Final Chapter are really what elevates it above the couple previous films, there are some really brilliant and well-choreographed sequences here that go down as some of the best of the series thus far. The purpose of this series must be taken for what it was intended. Pure unadulterated popcorn fun. And Resident Evil: The Final Chapter does it well. Recommended, highly for fans of the series.