Is the newest ‘Resident Evil’ really the last chapter?
Fifteen years ago, we were introduced to Alice (Milla Jovovish), the zombie-slaying heroine of the Resident Evil franchise. We’ve been waiting for the final installment, “Resident Evil: The Final Chapter,” for five years, and I couldn’t be more upset that it’s ending.
I feel like I’m losing one of my best friends because the series is over, even for those of you who have been following Alice since 2002, when the first “Resident Evil” movie was released and introduced Jovovich as Alice. She is a favorite on-screen heroine and one of the toughest.
Flash back to the beginning when we first saw Alice. We learned that she was head of security at the Hive, an underground laboratory of the Umbrella Corporation, the world’s largest corporation. Umbrella was a seemingly humanitarian company that made enormous profits, and gained immeasurable political influence, through computer and healthcare ventures. But hundreds of miles below Raccoon City lies the real agenda behind Umbrella: Weaponized viruses and genetic experimentation.
The experimental T-virus was released in the Hive and transformed several of the facility’s researchers into flesh-eating zombies. Since then, Alice has grown stronger, faster and more resilient. She has gained, lost and regained super powers, as well as witnessed the loss of survivors, friends and, most importantly, the zombification of almost the entire human race.
In the previous film, “Resident Evil: Retribution” (2012), we last saw Alice with her enemy, Albert Wesker (Shawn Roberts), who is head of Umbrella, standing on top the White House in Washington D.C witnessing mankind making its last stand against the horde of zombie monsters. I won’t spoil the film, but in the new and final installment, Alice wakes up in D.C in what seems like the aftermath of the final battle that went on. Wesker has betrayed her, and Alice learns that the world’s last surviving humans and those who managed to survive avoid getting infected by the T-virus are down to mere thousands. She has 48 hours to return to Raccoon City, where it all began, or Umbrella will claim its final victory on the world.
Writer and director Paul W.S. Anderson, who produced all the Resident Evil films, is married to Jovovich. In addition to finally closing concluding the video game adaption’s story, the fight choreography and battle scenes in the final film is by far the best I’ve seen in all the films.
The individual hand-to-hand combat scenes are exciting, and seeing Jovovich wow us with her athleticism is truly amazing. I think overall the constant repetitiveness and nonstop action leave the viewers exhausted after the first few films. The bad lighting during the scenes and special effects doesn’t help either — especially during the 40 fiery explosions you see throughout the film — I will say, that 50-story tower being drenched in gasoline flames was the best action scene I’ve seen in awhile. Even though I’m sad to see the story end, I am glad see Alice finally stop fighting. It’s been 10 years of this (for her). Supposedly, this may not be the last film.