Resident Evil The Final Chapter is the sixth movie in the Resident Evil franchise and I really wish I could have said the movie went out with a bang – and while it did make a sound, it more of a thud.
Resident Evil: The Final Chapter Synopsis
The Umbrella Corporation’s deadly T-virus continues to ravage Earth, transforming the global population into legions of increasingly lethal undead. The human race’s last and only hope, Alice, awakens in the heart of Umbrella’s impenetrable operations facility. Attempting a death-defying escape from the vast, high-tech complex, with the help of a crew of elite commandos, Alice battles her way through the city-scapes of Tokyo, New York, Moscow and Washington, D.C. Along the way, she encounters a series of mind-blowing revelations that will force her to rethink everything she once believed. Aided by new-found allies and familiar friends, Alice finds a new reason to fight for the survival of a hostile world on the brink of oblivion. The countdown has begun.
The Good, The Bad, The Zombies
The visuals in this movie seem to be hit or miss. At times it was beautiful, hundreds of zombies on screen using practical effects, the outcome was awesome, only to have the next scene look completely half-assessed in the CGI department. You could definitely see that some scenes had much more care than others.
Additionally, when the scenes involved any fighting extensive jump cuts are used. This style of editing really only makes sense when you really need more than 1 view point, it doesn’t make any sense, especially for really static fighting sequences where a single view is fine.
Lack of Time
For those of you that love movies to at least acknowledge that if we need to use time as a point of reference, as viewers we will use our real world notion of time as a reference point. This style works, how many times in a movie when an actor dives under water to goto point A to point B do you think, “I can hold my breathe that long” or “nope, no way, can you hold your breathe that long”.
The movie makes a huge point to focus on “We only have X minutes” – the focus on time creates great intensity. This of course is true, up until the movie seemingly stretches 30 seconds into 10 minutes. This occurs multiple times throughout, Alice glances on her wrist clock, we see 5 minutes left on the count down, a fight ensues, she looks back at the clock, 1 minute has passed for a fight that was onscreen for 10 minutes.
At one point, The Red queen announces they have just 4 minutes and 33 seconds left before the last of humanity falls. Alice fights Dr. Isaacs runs outside to release the air-borne anti-virus. Alice glances at her watch. 1 minute left. Dr. Isaacs and his clone confront each other. The clone murders the doctor. zombies eat the clone. Zombies close in to Alice just as she drops the antidote.
In one of many final acts of face palm, once our heroes get to the Hive, The Red Queen informs them the that Umbrella corporations goal all along with the virus was to completely wipe out humanity and rebuild it in their image. The analogy used in the movie is that the T-virus is the flood and that the corporation is God – cleansing the earth. But why? I mean, the movie references that the corporation has killed billions of people; so the survivors simply could live out their days in a Zombie infested wasteland? A point is even made to ensure we know there are less than 5,000 survivors in the world. If the idea is that the company can rebuild the future in a manner they see fit, it may be a bit difficult when there’s no-one left in the world.