Film Review: Resident Evil: The Final Chapter

by Evan Brown

Rated M. Starring Mila Jonovitch, Ali Larter, Shawn Roberts. Directed by Paul W. S. Anderson.

It’s the final chapter of Resident Evil, and after seven instalments Alice is finally bringing the zombie horde to extinction and the evil Umbrella Corporation into receivership. Yes, there’s been seven films in the Resident Evil franchise and The Final Chapter comes full circle to bring everything to a close in biblical proportions.

‘Who the heck is Alice?’ I hear you ask. Well, we don’t really know much about Alice (even after seven films).  She’s got amnesia but she’s pretty good at killing zombies with her guns and martial arts. In The Final Chapter Alice must travel back to where it all began – The Hive, and find the vaccine for the T21 virus (the zombie virus) and save the world! What follows is a seemingly never-ending barrage of violence and action interspersed with an occasional jump scare which is then immediately followed by more action. Sounds like fun!

The pacing of The Final Chapter is particularly fast so there is no real time for character development which meant I found it hard to find empathy for Alice when she winds up in a pickle. The shaky camera work and quick shot transitions during action sequences became quite frustrating, making it extremely hard to actually figure out what was happening. I couldn’t actually see the fight scenes as they were too fast and too dark. Adding 3D made things worse.

If you are a fan of the Resident Evil series then you know that Alice is in fact infected with the T21 zombie virus however instead of turning her into a zombie it gave her superhuman abilities. To release the T21 virus into the world would mean certain death for her.  Alice would need to sacrifice herself to save humanity.  The Final Chapter is full of biblical analogies however this idea of sacrifice is the linchpin of the entire movie.  Similarly, Jesus Christ’s sacrifice is the linchpin of the Christian faith.  Romans 5:8 tells us:

“God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were sinners, Christ died for us”

There are many things that make up the Christian faith however it all revolves around God making himself human to sacrifice himself to pay the penalty for our rejection of God.  Jesus’ sacrifice is the linchpin of the Christian faith.

The Verdict: Resident Evil: The Final Chapter is similar to every other film in its franchise so if you’re a fan you know what to expect.  Just do yourself a favour and watch it in 2D. 2/5

Resident Evil: The Final Chapter is currently screening in Australia and the USA.

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