Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, brought to you by a cheap BMW plug, managed to cause me quite a headache. Both figuratively and literally.
The film presumably takes place immediately after the previous movie, Resident Evil: Retribution. We are given some background to how the zombie outbreak began as well as some information about the past films, but mostly just jump right in. It stars Milla Jovovich as Alice, an apocalyptic survivor who is tasked with saving whats left of the world from extinction. Alice and the rest of the apocalypse survivors must face off against the evil Alexander Isaacs (played by Iain Glen) and the Umbrella Corporation before they end all life on Earth.
To start, the dialogue in Resident Evil was about as standard and dull as you could get. All the basic and predictable lines from the directors screenwriting 101 course are included in the script. To enhance my enjoyment of the film I actually started guessing what the characters would say next whenever there was a pause between lines. The overwhelming majority of the time, I was correct.
The character development in this film is completely nonexistent. We are given little to no introduction (or acknowledgement) to any characters brought into the film. I guess the filmmakers had assumed that we already know these people from the past films so they didn’t need any kind of intro. However if you didn’t just get done watching Resident Evil: Retribution, I’m sure you wont know who many of these people are.
The acting of Jovovich and Glen felt awkward and stilted. They really weren’t being themselves because they are both very talented actors. I’ve seen Jovovich in The Fifth Element and I’ve seen Glen in Game of Thrones, and they can be great. However their performances in Resident Evil are subpar, at best.
There are some nice visual scenes and sets in Resident Evil. However they aren’t anything special that viewers haven’t seen in a million other post-apocalyptic films before. So while the big blue screen effects are entertaining enough, I’m sure they won’t be dazzling anyone.
The audience is rarely given any breathing room to experience any emotion or drama. Very serious or heartfelt moments in Resident Evil are always summed up in ten words or less, and then the film moves on. They seemed too preoccupied with finishing this overly milked and drawn out series that they forgot to write characters the audience might care about.
The action sequences in Resident Evil are all shot way too quickly with too many jump cuts strung together. At times it was hard to tell exactly what was happening because the camera was switching its position once every second or so. The shaky cam (mixed with a lot of obnoxious strobe effects throughout the film) made for one nauseating experience. At one point I started developing a headache from how fast the camera was shaking and changing angles.
So if you’re already a fan of the previous Resident Evil films, you will probably like the experience of watching this. I for one did not like Resident Evil: The Final Chapter at all. The film felt way too boring, directionless, and just too poorly made to enjoy. The editing was messy, the dialogue was dull, and there was no emotion or heart put into any single character or performance. One can only hope that this is, truly, The Final Chapter.
The Verdict: D