How strange that within a month two cult action-horror franchises with badass female leads should come to an end. ‘Underworld’ went first, and now Paul WS Anderson’s ‘Resident Evil’ series goes out in a blaze of glory.
Alice returns to Raccoon City with a simple mission; find the cure for the T-virus, save the last remnants of humanity and destroy the Umbrella Corporation for good.
This film is pure fun. Every single scene is turned up to eleven and the film revels in its excess. However, the real surprise is just how well executed ‘The Final Chapter’ is. The plot is tight, the action sequences are masterfully choreographed, and there’s enough tension and well placed jump-scares to keep you on the edge of your seat.
Milla Jovovich’s Alice has always been the beating heart of the series, and she carries the film forward with confidence and poise. Iain Glen and Shawn Roberts are back as Dr Alexander Isaacs and Albert Wesker, bringing their best pantomime villain routines to the mix.
For fans, it’s a joyous end to the series with some satisfying nods to the first film. For newcomers it’s slick, high-octane, ludicrous fun. Sorry, ‘Underworld’, but ‘Resident Evil’ won.