Review: Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (2017)

Synopsis: Alice returns 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.
In the 6th installment of writer/director Paul W.S. Anderson’s film series Resident Evil we are reunited with franchise alums Milla Jovovich (Alice), Ali Larter (Claire Redfield), Ian Glen (Dr. Issacs) and Shawn Roberts (Wesker). As “The Final Chapter” begins, we pick up where Alice left off in Resident Evil: Retribution (2012) when our battle tested survivor arises from an ashy Washington D.C. monument to witness the aftermath of a massive assault from the Diabolical Umbrella Corporation. “The Final Chapter” wastes no time unleashing the action on it’s audience as Alice is immediately met by a rogue deformed zombie and a giant winged creature in succession. When our heroin of strife inevitably survives these vicious attacks, she comes across a computer projected hologram from the Umbrella Corporation’s evil computer entity known as the “Red Queen”, played by child actor Ever Gabo Anderson. Being the object of the Queen’s destruction in previous Resident Evil installments, Alice is surprised to find out that this time around the “Red Queen” has reasons of her own to take down the Umbrella Corporation as well, and wants to now help Alice fulfill her life long destiny. With this new information, Alice heads off to Raccoon to infiltrate the “Hive” where our saga all began 10 years ago in the Resident Evil Universe.
Alice’s journey to Raccoon City is filled with non-stop, epic, and non-sensical action sequences. Most of her threats come from the aforementioned Dr. Issacs, and his band of Umbrella Corp soldiers trying to prevent her return to the Hive. Alice eventually finds herself teaming back up with Claire Redfield (Larter) and a new group of rag-tag, one dimensional characters trying to survive the zombie apocalypse. As the body count rises, we witness some cool CG moments and throwbacks to Resident Evil films past, including a chase scene featuring the zombie hounds from hell, made famous from the franchise’s early installments. Ultimately our heroine finds herself back beneath the surface at “The Hive,”  learns the true origin of the Umbrella Corp’s ungodly plan, and her own personal backstory.
This is the first Resident Evil movie that I failed to view in a neighborhood movie theatre, so I opted to rent the Blue Ray. The CG effects are passable, but not great. “The Final Chapter” has it’s moments, but I probably should have went to the show like I always do for these movies in order to fulfill my visual needs. In regards to the direction of this film series, I haven’t expected great acting or deep character building since Resident Evil: Apocalypse. During the last two installments, I haven’t been too disappointed with the lack of depth. That being said, this movie went even lower than my expectations with that aspect. The make-up and action scenes are fun to look at. Milla Jovovich is always fun to look at it. And this film does provide plenty of action. However it’s not a good film. Hopefully, entitling this movie “The Final Chapter” will kill any possibility of another installment, but I fear a spin-off, or future sequel will be upon us in the coming years. After all, the franchise has totaled net earnings of nearly $1 billion dollars world wide. And lets face it, Hollywood is only about the bottom line these days. And who could blame them? No-one goes to see any independent films anymore.
I rate this film 4 stars out of 10.

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About me in Horror: My love for horror can be attributed to one man, my Father. I was maybe 5 years old when he showed me some of his favorites such as Halloween, The Thing (Carpenter), Night of the Living Dead, and Jaws. While some parents would shelter their kids from such violent films, my father saw no problem in taking the family out to the Hillside Theatre in Hillside, Illinois for a horror movie. We saw films such as Hellraiser, Aliens, and Pet Semetery when I was but a wee, little lad. I love my father for doing this, and to this day these films and many more stay with me as some of my favorites. My favorite sub genre of horror would be the zombie genre. There’s something about the way zombie films reflect society as a dwindling, mindless horde of sheep that I believe appealed to me on a subconscious level as a kid. This look at society hits me at a more conscious level as an adult. Romero, is of course, the god of these films. However, I will watch pretty much any piece of crap Hollywood churns out simply because I cannot refuse an old fashioned zombie story. I would hate to rank all the other sub genre’s because I enjoy them all. Slasher’s, creature feature’s, creepy, killer doll movie’s, whatever. It’s all good to me as long as it’s well done, and sometimes not so well done. I’m not nearly as well versed as other Syndicate writers with horror before 1970. The 70’s, 80’s and 90’s are my favorite decades for horror, but I have seen and loved classics like The Creature from the Black Lagoon, The Wolfman, King Kong, and Pyscho. Recently, thanks to The Horror Syndicate, and a good friend of mine, I’ve also been getting more familiar with the Italian horror films that so many seem to love, and that I missed out on as a kid. About me personally: Im the youngest of two boys, born in Mel Rose Park, Illinois, an originally Italian populated suburb West of Chicago. My father, full blooded Polish, and my Mother, full blooded Italian, gave me a wicked temper, and a love for sausage. I grew up playing tons of sports. Baseball is however my favorite. I started playing guitar at age 12. I had my first metal band at age 17, and to this day I still write and record music for fun in my little home studio aka my living room. I’ve never been married, nor have I ever had children, but I’ve been close twice. I graduated from the Joliet Junior College Culinary School in 2011, and have been working as a chef or cook at various levels, and positions in the food industry ever since. In closing, I’ve seen the Exorcist about 167 times, and it keeps getting better every single time I see it!! Not to mention that you’re talking to a dead guy!! My top 10 Favorite Horror in order (subject to change) Jaws Aliens The Texas Chainsaw Massacre The Exorcist Halloween Alien Night of the Living Dead A Nightmare on Elm Street The Thing (Carpenter) The Lost Boys