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Published January 25th 2017
There is Always an End before a New Beginning
A hurricane of the highest magnitude is what writer-director Paul W.S. Anderson delivers in the finale of Resident Evil leaving the audience hammered to their seats by the imagery of a noxious dystopian future and suffocated by an overload of explosive fight sequences. As the rain of kicks, blows and firepower pounds the screen, there is hardly any room left for word power. Dialogues are lost in a composite of SFX and VFX.
The Final Chapter is as much a race against time as it is a run against ghastly zombies and grisly monsters queued up on the destructed and desolate path leading to the hive. The story follows the cliched fanaticism of the greedy super rich gaining an upper hand over the powerless and struggling multitude. Umbrella Corporation, the company led by Dr. Isaacs (Iain Glen) that fueled the decimation of most of the human population through the T virus, is now threatening the numbered few with an impending doomsday.
Alice (Milla Jovovich) has escaped the onslaught of zombies on the White House in the penultimate sequel. Apprised by an unexpected ally, she continues her life of "running and killing" down a ruined Washington DC to find the antivirus. The last of the resistance along with Ali (Claire Redfield) aid her against a looming deadline to get past deadly obstacles in the pit leading to the hive. As twists unfold, truth is unveiled and clones are unleashed, the group battles against mutated and multi-fanged beasts coming at them from every turn. The plot hurtles down a rocky road as they attempt to outrun the army of zombies in a quest to find the airborne cure.
The breakneck speed and deafening soundtrack compound the surprise factor hastening the series to a predictable close. But the incessant fight sequences leave a metallic aftertaste making the whole violent affair a monotonous experience. Amidst the mind-numbing gunshots, the viewer's imagination is rendered powerless with much assault and little foreplay.
Although the barrage of action nullified any scope of acting, Mila Jovovich has covered quite a distance in expressions bridging the 10 years from being a confused and disoriented Alice to her vengeance-seeking and determined self in the last of the series. Iain Glen in his multiple clone forms as the antagonist remained rather under-harnessed compared to his Game of Thrones potential.
Resident Evil: The Final Chapter is an extra hot and ultra spicy blend of action leaving its predecessors far behind. For those of you who are adrenaline junkies and hardcore action film fans, the movie might prove to be a treat pumping up the excitement rush. Else, beware the heartburn!