At least the first one had momentum. RESIDENT EVIL: THE FINAL CHAPTER represents a tired franchise thankfully put to bed (until the reboot). The competent action is made far less enjoyable by Paul WS Anderson’s usual janky editing and tendency to rip off Guy Ritchie. The script doesn’t even have the decency to entertainingly bad, it’s just completely uninspired and too much of it amounts to goodie Milla Jovovich and baddie Iain Glen snarling “damn you” at each other. The returning characters are asuninteresting as ever and the new ones don’t really leave a mark, other than Doc (Eoin Macken), who’s cool because he fights zombies with a nail gun. There’s a big twist as well, which is staggeringly easy to guess if you pay attention to the stuff from the previous movies they’re recapping at the beginning. It’s dumb even by the standards of this series, with the undead – walking corpses – shown to give off heat signatures and Alice repeatedly abandoning her teammates or making the same mistakes she has done previously in retreads of earlier films’ action scenes. Yes, they do the laser corridor for a third time, because of course they do. SSP
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