It feels like yesterday when I saw the first Resident Evil film at the movies back in 2002. I was a huge fan of the infamous video game series and seeing it finally make it to the big screen was a dream come true. While it didn’t play out exactly as I had hoped, it was still a fun action movie that would go off to spawn quite a few sequels. Five films later, we come to the supposedly final entry of the movies in the appropriately named Resident Evil: The Final Chapter. It’s not the best of the film series and you can drive a tractor trailer through the numerous plot holes, but it has plenty of fun action that makes as good of an ending fans are going to get.
The Umbrella Corporation is still doing its evil thing by making monsters and zombies take over the world thanks to the T-virus that’s nearly wiped out mankind. At the head of all of this is Dr. Isaacs (Ian Glen) and his partner in crime, Wesker (Shawn Roberts) who are on the verge of finally completing Umbrella’s plan to wipe out everyone and create a new, better world. Of course there’s a glimmer of hope with our heroine Alice (Milla Jovovich) who learns there’s an antivirus that will kill anything infected with the T-virus, giving people a chance at reclaiming the world again. Teaming up with a small band of survivors made up of such people as video game favorite Claire Redfield (Ali Larter), and others like Doc (Eoin Macken), Razor (Fraser James), Abigail (Ruby Rose), and Cobalt (Rola), Alice and her team will have to return to where all this horror started, Umbrella’s underground headquarters known as The Hive where all sorts of deadly creatures and traps await them.
As long as you don’t go in expecting an action masterpiece, you’ll have a fun time with this one. It makes for a good movie if you’re looking to turn your brain off and just have fun watching things blow up or cool stunts involving guns and martial arts. One thing you won’t be coming here for is the acting / writing as even fans will tell you it isn’t the best. It’s really abundant in this film though, and it comes off as though they made the movie up as they went along while checking off every action flick cliche in the process, right down to the one person that doesn’t trust Alice at first, but is okay with her being in the group five minutes later after she owns some zombies. Being a Blu-ray release, the visuals and audio are detailed and on point, which makes watching this a bit more fun thanks to seeing and hearing the action rip through your home theater setup.
As far as special features go, the main cool one is “Retaliation Mode” where husband and wife Paul W.S. Anderson with Milla Jovovich team up to discuss filming the movie, how certain parts were done, and more as they pop up during the film. “Stunts and Weaponry” goes into what you’d expect, which the actors going over their stunts and also learning how to handle all sorts of weapons featured in the film. There’s some other behind the scenes stuff along with a sneak peek at the upcoming Japanese CG film, Resident Evil: Vendetta, which looks to be really good.
Fans and those looking for mindless but fun entertainment will want to fight their way through the zombies and pick up Resident Evil: The Final Chapter. As long as your expectations are low, you’ll have a good time here, especially with the Retaliation Mode special feature. Add in the high definition visuals and audio that place you in the middle of the action, and you got a decent end to this film series.