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With: Milla Jovovich, Iain Glen, Ali Larter, Shawn Roberts, Eoin Macken, Fraser James, Ruby Rose, William Levy, Rola, Ever Anderson
Written by: Paul W.S. Anderson
Directed by: Paul W.S. Anderson
MPAA Rating: R for sequences of violence throughout
Running Time: 106
Date: 01/27/2017

Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (2017)

1/2 Star (out of 4)

Discontent 'Evil'

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Fans of this sci-fi/horror series series will no doubt be happy, but the latest entry feels cursory and carelessly made; the cluttered, clunky footage is nearly unwatchable, and it's difficult to care about the flat, lifeless characters. The title of part six, Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, sounds like a promise, but don't be fooled; if this one does well, there will most certainly be more.

In Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, Alice (Milla Jovovich) is still surviving, avoiding the nasty zombies and monsters infected with the T-Virus. She is contacted by the Red Queen (Ever Anderson), and informed that there is a cure for the virus. The problem is that it must be retrieved from the underground stronghold of the Umbrella Corporation, and it must be used within 48 hours.

She finds her old cohort Claire Redfield (Ali Larter), who has teamed up with a band of rebels. Alice enlists their help to invade the stronghold, but Dr. Isaacs (Iain Glen) is leading a zombie army to stop her, and she learns that there is a traitor among her group. Worst of all, even if Alice manages to use the cure, it could actually kill her in the process.

Writer/director Paul W.S. Anderson clearly doesn't care much anymore, and uses some of the laziest plot devices known to man, starting with the totally unexplained "48 hour" time limit. (If the time limit, and the movie, could have been shorter, that might have been a help.)

Milla Jovovich, still looking fierce, throws herself physically into her role, but she endures quite a beating in this one, and — as tough as she is — it's hard to watch. The others barely appear to have memorized their lines, and they look rather glazed as they recite the dumb dialogue. The footage is constantly shaking, and edited with jackhammer speed and finesse, and the sound design is loud and jumpy.

It's like being trapped in a washing machine filled with gray clothes, and occasionally someone bangs on the side. And there are explosions.

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