Movie Review: Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (2016)

Synopsis: While still on the run from the Umbrella Corporation, Alice is contacted by the Red Queen and learns she can save what's left of humanity by returning to Raccoon City and the Hive and retrieving an airborne cure to the zombie-causing T-virus. As she travels to the city and invades the heavily-guarded underground lab, she also learns the truth behind the zombie apocalypse and her past.

Who's in it? The movie stars Milla Jovovich, Ali Larter, Iain Glen, Ever Anderson and Ruby Rose.

Review: My wife loves the Resident Evil movies and, when I saw there was a newer one we had not watched together yet, I ended up getting it through Netflix. We watched it earlier this week and, overall, I have to say I was impressed with the movie.

The thing that I found I really liked about this film was the way it had non-stop action. A lot of "action" movies tend to get bogged down by introducing various backstories and a little too much focus on relationships. That was definitely not the case with this film. I don't think the movie went more than a couple minutes without Alice (Jovovich) in some sort of fight against a zombie or a heavily-armed member of the Umbrella Corporation. And, it did this while still giving us enough information about each new character to make them human and relevant to the plot.

The action scenes themselves were also very impressive. If she wasn't facing an army of zombies, she was fending off tanks or flying gargoyle-like creatures. Some of the scenes were very intense to the point I was on the edge of my seat (instead of dozing on the couch, as I often do).

I also liked how the movie took the time to reveal the various secrets the other films kept hidden, such as the truth behind the T-virus and the zombie apocalypse as well as finally revealing who Alice really is and why she has no memory of her life prior to waking up in the first film. These revelations did an excellent job tying the rest of the films together and helped bring closure to the franchise. Plus, it was one of those things (along with the non-stop action) that kept me interested in the movie because I wasn't sure what was going to be revealed next.

Final Opinion: The movie is fast-paced and, because of that, if you blink, you might miss something important. But, as long as you can watch it without being distracted, it is definitely an exciting and fun movie to watch, especially if you are a fan of the franchise. Despite the title, I'm not completely convinced it is the end of the franchise (it wouldn't be the first time a "final chapter" wasn't). But, if it is, the writers did a good job of ending it.

My Grade: A


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