Review: Resident Evil – The Final Chapter

Title: Resident Evil: The Final Chapter
MPAA Rating: R
Director: Paul W.S. Anderson
Starring: Milla Jovovich, Iain Glen, Ali Larter
Runtime: 1 hr 46 mins

What It Is: The final chapter in director Paul W.S. Anderson’s franchise based on the legendary Capcom survival horror video games. Alice (Jovovich) is determined to stop the Umbrella Corporation and the evil Dr. Isaacs (Glen), and now with some clues from the Red Queen (Ever Anderson), she may just have found the one thing that can stop them and their deadly T-Virus. Along the way both zombie and Umbrella Corps. enforcer Albert Wesker will try to stop her from reaching Umbrellas HQ The Hive.

What We Think: Let me let this be known the Resident Evil series is by no means a good franchise. Having said that I’d also like to say they’ve done a nice job of improving in quality from the awful first one in 2002. This might also be the best of the lot. Milla Jovovich I think only keeps making these because her husband is the director. Nonetheless, it is a structurally flawed film, especially when talking about the script and character motivation. Often times I’m not sure why a character is doing what he’s doing or whatever they are doing makes no sense with the established order.

Our Grade: D+, This will be the first film to earn anything above a D-. That in and of itself is a minor miracle. Milla Jovovich and Paul W.S. Anderson have finally put all the pieces together, sadly though those pieces don’t make anything that’s any good. I’d say try again, bu please don’t. This franchise can take solace in the fact that it is better than the Underworld series. Now those movies are a freaking mess. Look no further than our review of the last one.