Has it really been 15 years since the first Resident Evil movie? I’m convinced Milla Jovovich is a vampire, she never seems to age. :D While I’m not a big fan of the series, I have watched all the films online. So when I heard that the ‘final’ instalment of the series was out, I thought it fitting to go and catch it at the cinema.
The film kicks off with an origin story, of how the T-Virus came to be. Dr James Marcus, the original founder of Umbrella Corp, had a daughter who was dying of premature aging. To save her, he developed the virus to cure all diseases on Earth. Initially it seemed to work, but the side effects were soon apparent, turning people into zombies. Marcus’ business partner Dr Isaacs wanted to use it as a military weapon, but when Marcus refuses, the Dr murders him.
Fast forward to the future, Alice (Jovovich) emerges as the only survivor at humanity’s last stand at the now-ruined White House. Searching for survivors, the Red Queen (computer from the Hive, Umbrella’s headquarters) appears and tells Alice to return there because Umbrella Corp has developed an airborne antivirus which will kill all organisms infected by the T-Virus before wiping out the rest of humanity.
Alice races against time to get there, but is captured by Dr Isaacs. She escapes and bands with a group of survivors, including Claire Redfield, to get to the Hive. On the way there are various obstacles to get through, including mutated dogs, monsters and more zombies, as well as the pursuing Dr Isaacs. Upon their arrival, the Red Queen tells them that there is an antivirus, and reveals the reason she is helping them is to put a stop to Umbrella’s plans which was all along to wipe out humanity with an apocalypse while their top employees remain frozen in the facility, and emerge in a ‘cleansed’ world which they could rebuild in their image. It’s up to Alice and her pals to put a stop to Umbrella’s evil plans and end the virus once and for all.
I was pleasantly surprised to find that The Final Chapter was a decent wrap-up, tying up some loose knots and ends of the story whilst delivering lots of action, guns and zombies. If you’re not familiar with the RE-universe, though, it can still be enjoyed as a regular action film. There are somethings that are overly cliche: too many jumpscares, for instance, and the usual ‘who dies next in Alice’s group’ plot, but the action sequences are well executed and there is some semblance of story. Still can’t live up to my favourite, the first RE, but it’s not a complete bomb. Fitting end to a franchise that hasn’t always been the best in terms of storytelling/logic, but still raked in lots of moolah all the same.