Sunday, 12 February 2017

'Resident Evil: The Final Chapter' Review

The T-virus that was unleashed by the evil Umbrella Company has spread all over the world, infecting everything that it touches. Former Umbrella employee and now rogue warrior Alice (Mila Jovovich) continues to do whatever she can to take down the corporation for good. With a handful of survivors to help her, Alice will go into a final battle at the depths of Raccoon City.

'Resident Evil 7: Biohazard' has recently just been released on many gaming platforms. The survival-horror game has been met with good reviews with the likes of IGN and Gamespot giving the game a fair amount of praise. The horror elements have been praised for a tense atmosphere providing a great experience for the player. With a new movie being released simultaneously, you'd hope that the quality of the latest game would transfer into the film. Unfortunately for us film fans, 'Resident Evil: The Final Chapter' has brought us one of the worst movies of the year. If you are a fan of terribly filmed action or lazy, predictable horror movies, then you will love the latest 'Resident Evil' film. If there has ever been such an atrocity to two film genres at once, it is this film.

'The Final Chapter' starts off with a recap of the previous films, much like 'Underworld: Blood Wars' did earlier this year. This gives you a chance to remember all the terrible moments in the previous films before you get to experience a whole new level of terrible. And you don't have to wait too long as Mila Jovovich bursts onto the screen, allowing the final chapter to begin. The first scene features a giant winged creature screeching ever so loudly as it looks to feast upon Alice. The scene is completely ridiculous as Alice faces off with the monster in the only way she can, with a huge vehicle. The action, as a must with all bad action movies, is jumpy and hard to look at without getting a headache. This only is a taster as it gets worse as the film progresses. In a month where a film like 'John Wick 2' is being released - a film that will show you what is happening - 'Resident Evil' provides a contrast showing exactly what an action movie should not do. The action takes inspiration from the likes of 'Tak3n' where it tries to fit as many cuts as possible into a single moment of action. Due to this, it feels as if you are constantly being blasted by different images as you can't make out what is actually happening in the scene. This, unfortunately, makes the film insufferable as it doesn't let down throughout the whole movie. If you can't see what is going on and the action is a very large part of the film, you cannot expect it to be a pleasant experience. This filmmaking is lazy, unbearable, headache inducing and most importantly, lacking any sort of quality.

I guess that it isn't surprising to see that the laziness from the action was carried on throughout the horror elements of the film too. In horror, there are tropes that make you roll your eyes such as jump scares, fake scares, loud noises for scares and fake deaths. Guess what? This film has each and every single one of them and is all that they use throughout the film. This becomes so predictable as you know all of the film's tricks and can see exactly what is going to happen. There are so many moments when the music starts to slowly disappear and then a few seconds later there is a huge noise in the films attempt to try and scare you. Sometimes there isn't even anything happening, it's a just a noise from far away which makes it even less worthwhile. The first time it happens you hope that's it but the film beats this trope to death and it never gets any more effective. It's incredible to think that Paul W.S. Anderson has been making these kinds of films for two decades and still isn't able to shoot competent horror or action.

And what Anderson shows a lack of quality in directing, he matches in screenwriting, providing a terrible screenplay for this film. The dialogue for one is laughably bad, there are plenty of moments that will have you chuckling and even laughing out loud at how bad they are. As far as the story goes, it is clearly just being made up as the film goes on. The story does whatever is necessary to keep characters showing up or try to swerve the audience especially with its ending. What doesn't help the film is that the film takes itself a bit too serious at times which is completely out of tone compared to the ridiculous events that are going on. It's expectant that a film series like this would be running out of ideas at its sixth film and with Anderson on board, its no surprise that there is a lack of creativity. Thankfully, this is apparently the last film of the series, although the ending of the film does not suggest that entirely.

'The Final Chapter' sends the 'Resident Evil' franchise out with a whimper as this tragic franchise seems to have lived its final life. Hopefully, we won't be seeing this franchise for a while and hopefully without Anderson being linked to the franchise at all. You won't see a more poorly shot or edited film this year, making 'The Final Chapter' one of the worst and most unbearable films of recent times.

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So have you seen 'Resident Evil: The Final Chapter'? If so, what did you think of the film? I hope that this review was useful for if you were planning on seeing this film, I recommend that you stay far away from this one. Once again, thank you for taking the time to read my review, it is much appreciated!

By Angus McGregor