Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (NC16: violence)
Starring Milla Jovovich, Ali Larter, Shawn Roberts Directed by Paul WS Anderson
The Resident Evil apocalyptic sci-fi splatterfests based on Capcom’s media franchise have grossed US$1 billion (S$1.4 bil) globally to be the most successful video game movies. Who are we to say they are loud assaultive nonsense?
We are only relieved that it will be game over for the loud assaultive nonsense with this sixth installment titled Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, which continues from the events in the 2012 Resident Evil: Retribution to tie together 15 years of storyline: nothing challenging; just how the evil Umbrella Corporation unleashed the T-virus in a world-domination conspiracy, turning our planet into rabid zombies.
Paul WS Anderson is the series writer-director-producer. Milla Jovovich, aka Mrs Anderson, is the heroine Alice.
The couple’s daughter Ever debuts as the artificial intelligence avatar the Red Queen, who tells Alice the Umbrella have hidden in their underground lab, the Hive, an anti-virus.
Alice has 48 hours to save what remains of humanity. Shooting and slaying myriad monsters, blowing their heads off, she joins with a group of survivors including Resident Evil: Afterlife (2010) ally Claire Redfield (Alice Larter) in racing back across a ruined de-saturated dystopia to Raccoon City for epic showdown against antagonist Albert Wesker (Shawn Roberts) and his forces.
Somebody is sucked into a turbine and shredded. Alice herself is at one point chained to a speeding tank, chased by hungry undead hordes like she were Mad(ame) Max on Fury Road.
The CGI action is kinetic, with Jovovich, as ever, a hardy fem-warrior.
The filmmakers have given this finale their all. Never mind if still loud aggressive nonsense: The fans will leave happy. 2.5/5