Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (aka Resident Evil: Insurgence / Resident Evil: Rising) review by Adrijan Arsovski - Cinema Paradiso
“It’s over, it’s done”, paraphrased Frodo as he and his friend Sam witnessed the final instalment of the boringly epic train-wreck of consecutively worse films in a franchise that was creatively done some long time ago. Up to this point, the films actually had something that resembled a plot, but all of that is thrown away to introduce the shakiest of shaky cams into the mix. I’m not saying this to cast an unforgiving shade over Resident Evil: The Final Chapter; I’m saying it because, in this day and age, the hardest thing for one to do is to remain intellectually honest to themselves (in all manners possible). And so, the final chapter of the Resident Evil saga has come to an, in a surprise to no one, its befitting end.
Let’s address the latter part of this film franchise for what it is: a begrudging cash grab. Which does not equal a foul – as long as there’s someone who’s willing to pay money to see these kinds of films. Everything that one can expect from the Resident Evil film franchise is ticked: car explosions, shaky cams (too much even for my taste), weak protagonists (either super strong or terribly weak), subpar villains, no sense of pace, tone, editing, direction, spacing, and all of those little details that make a movie not suck. To clarify, Resident Evil: The Final Chapter has none of that, but hey, at least Mila Jovovich is a beautiful woman, so there’s that.
As far as visuals go, the film has something going for it; they’re slick and modern-looking, nothing fancy or out of the ordinary. The problem is however the majority of the CGI scenes are competently shot, but the editing of those same scenes feels somehow rushed. Not Transformers: The Last Knight kind of stroboscope-y, but damn close if you ask me.
As far as characters go, there’s only the one of Mila (playing Alice Marcus), but that’s only because the writers had several movies before to establish her arc. The other ones: meh. Some of them were killed off, some survived, but at the end it didn’t really matter since the filmmakers (Paul W.S. Anderson mainly) chose to leave out room for growth. And by room for growth I mean a desire from their fans (by this point you have to be a hardcore fan in order to watch these films) to come back for more. A reboot maybe?
All things considered, Resident Evil: The Final Chapter is not what you’d call a good film. Sure it has its moments, but those are far and few between for the audience to really care by the point the curtains roll. As said, recommended ONLY for fans of the film/games franchise; everyone else, enter at your own peril.