Tuesday, 10 October 2017
Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (2016)
The conclusion to 2012's Resident Evil: Retribution had the heroes teaming up with their former arch-nemesis Albert Wesker for a final stand against the mutant zombie horde that has overrun the planet. I'm not sure what writer/director Paul Anderson originally planned to do with that scenario, but I suspect that the delays in making this film - it was originally intended for 2014 release, and instead only just snuck into the 2016 season - probably changed them significantly.
We start here with another account of the "T virus", which caused a zombie outbreak and the collapse of civilisation; and with the news that the apparent "last stand" was a trap. The only survivor - other than the villainous Wesker - is Alice (Milla Jovovich, returning to punch and shoot zombies for a sixth and presumably final time).
After being chased by monsters for a while, Alice stumbles into another big dump of exposition that justifies all the rest of the being-chased-by-monsters she'll do in the rest of the film. Humanity's last remnants will be destroyed in 24 hours, and only Alice can save them. How, you ask? Why, by penetrating to the heart of the evil Umbrella Corporation and releasing an anti-virus that destroys the T-virus, and anything infected by it.
Which includes Alice herself. Tough break.
If you've ever seen a Resident Evil film before, there's absolutely nothing to surprise you here. It's the sixth instalment in the franchise and it's very much in the footsteps of those that have come before it. Alice teams up with a bunch of other folks, and they tangle with monsters until almost none of them are left, and then she faces off with scenery-chewing bad guys.
So yes, it's pure formula. But - for me at least - it's a fun formula. If you like the idea of monster-action, you could well have a good time.
(The first movie is still by far the best in the series, though)