What's the verdict on 'Resident Evil: The Final Chapter'? | The Tylt
What's the verdict on 'Resident Evil: The Final Chapter'?
In the "final" installment, Alice (Milla Jovovich)—a former security operative fighting against her ex-employer, the Umbrella Cooperation, which caused the zombie apocalypse—is taking one last stand against the cooperation and the undead. While critics know the film was made for fans—is "The Final Chapter" any good?
Some critics actually like "The Final Chapter"—acknowledging it's a good conclusion to the original film.
That’s part of why “The Final Chapter” works as well as it does: It dovetails with the original movie more elegantly than any of the four sequels that precede it. To that end, Alice of course ends up back at the Hive where “Resident Evil” first began in 2002 — a familiar trope in series-concluding installments, but one that feels right in this case. For the first time, the story supports and adds to the action rather than distract from it; it’s almost as though Anderson was holding back in the earlier films because he wanted to save the best for last.
But overall, the film only has a fresh rating of 43 percent on Rotten Tomatoes—at the time of this poll's publication. Fans are more receptive with a 79 percent audience rating. But after six films, the franchise still isn't for everyone—especially critics looking for a strong storyline on top of the action.
Critic Scott Mendelson thought the film was dull and pointless entry in the franchise. He wrote:
Aside from the action, Anderson’s screenplay runs in place for much of its first hour, only really coming to life in the final few reels as the would-be final conflict comes about and we start getting tasty exposition nuggets. Before that point, especially after the big first-act action sequence, the film is frankly a little dull.
Like some critics predicted—"The Final Chapter" will please fans.