This is it. The Resident Evil series will finally come to an end! What? You are skeptical? Resident Evil: The Final Chapter must be the end! It has “final” right in the name! I mean that marked the end of the Friday the 13th franchise right? It isn’t like there were 6 more movies in the series, a crossover, and a reboot after that. Nah, nothing like that.
What started 15 years ago as an adaptation of a popular video game series has become a long running horror movie franchise. And not a franchise with the greatest reception either. I know I enjoyed the first one quite a bit when it came out. Personally, I thought it was quite good for a video game adaptation. I remember wanting to like the second one and then giving up hope for the franchise altogether after either the third or fourth movie. But they just kept making more. And here we are at sixth movie, Resident Evil: The Final Chapter. And I suspect we’ll get more of some sort whether it continues the series, spins off or reboots somehow down the line. These movies still make enough money to make some profit, so I think they won’t die.
Resident Evil: The Final Chapter starts off with a summary of everything we know so far. Or a summary of what is useful to those who haven’t followed the series or who have forgotten. Which is probably a good thing to include at this point in the franchise. After this, we are caught up on how we got to the problem to begin with. The founder of Umbrellas Corporation, Dr. James Marcus once had a daughter who was dying from premature aging. And much like any father, he wanted to save her more than anything else. As such, without thinking too much of the consequences, he created the T-virus. The T-virus we now know begins to reanimate the dead and created the zombies that in turn led to the zombie apocalypse.
Now, we are all caught up and ready to start right in the action following shortly from the last film. The Red Queen alerts Alice that she needs to return to Raccoon City to stop Umbrella corporation. She has to stop them because, well, they are the big bad. And they are doing bad things. And she is the hero who has to stop her. So, after she dispatches a rather sizeable flying mutated creature, she heads off on her way.
And so the story begins. Alice journeys across the ruined landscape, encountering peril along the way, fighting people who have her trapped and hung upside down by her foot. She even gets dragged behind a truck as bait and must fight off those captors as well as the zombies chasing after her. Eventually, Alice makes her way to the remnants of Racoon City and finds a group of survivors. After they work together to fend off an attack, the group enters Raccoon City so Alice can stop Umbrella once and for all and release the antivirus to save mankind.
So, Resident Evil: The Final Chapter is not entirely unlike its predecessors. The plot is often buried amongst heavy action. The action certainly overtakes the majority of the movie. It is certainly full of the standard quick cuts that we’ve come to expect from run of the mill action movies. The soundtrack is likewise full of action beats almost nonstop. After watching this, I had lazily let the movie run while I was doing some work around the house. I could hear it from the other room most of the time. It sure felt like at least half of the movie was full of sounds of either fighting or that high tempo action beat. Suffice it to say, character development and dialog is not the central focus of this flick.
In the end, Resident Evil: The Final Chapter is pretty sub standard action fare. The story doesn’t matter much and you are there for the zombies and action. Unfortunately, most of this just feels bland at this point. It doesn’t have a lot of flavor to it. It just plays out and doesn’t really pull you in. This entry is probably better than some of the others, but at this point I’m just not interested in this series anymore. There are much better zombie flicks out there now. Go watch one of those. For fans of the series only.
Picture Quality: 4/5
Resident Evil: The Final Chapter might be a pretty bad movie, but the image isn’t. For the most part, quite clear except in the worst dark scenes. The colors look good despite an intentionally muted and tinted presentation overall.
Audio Quality: 4/5
Much like the image, the audio track is far nicer than this movie deserves. It sounds nice and has good power and surround. That action beat that seems to play for 90 minutes straight sounds pretty good when you actually care about the movie.
Special Features and Packaging: 3/5
Retaliation Mode with Paul & Milla: Not a commentary, but pretty interesting. Paul (director) and Milla (star) discuss the series and the movie. As the movie plays in this mode, their conversation is spliced into key moments. They discuss how things were done with some behind the scenes footage. My favorite part of the special features.
Stunts & Weaponry: Behind the scenes featurette on the action set pieces and equipment created for the movie.
Explore the Hive: A short featurette look at the location.
The Bad Ass Trinity & The Women of Resident Evil: This franchise features a number of strong female characters. This featurette takes a moment to try to give them their due.
Sneak Peak: Resident Evil: Vendetta: Preview for the upcoming digital animation feature.
Resident Evil: The Final Chapter comes in a single disc release. While a slipcover comes with it, unfortunately the artwork is the same as the cover art.
Look everybody, don’t buy Resident Evil: The Final Chapter. I’m not sure you really need me to tell you this, but it isn’t good. It looks and sounds nice and has a rather cool extra, but the movie kind of sucks. Rent it if you must, but I think the only reason to own it is if you want a Resident Evil Complete Collection. So just wait for a cheap sale on the collection.