If you’re reading this review to determine if you should see the sixth and (supposedly) final Resident Evil movie, I need you to do something for me. Turn off whatever device you are on right now, go outside, and think about how you got to this point in your life.
Assuming you’re still reading, I can safely assume you already know whether you plan to see this movie or not. After all, this is a franchise movie based on over the top action, violence, apocalyptic scenarios, absurd contrivances, and coincidences that border on miraculous. Oh, and it is nominally related to a video game series. In other words: it’s guaranteed to be a trainwreck of a movie just like all the other ones in the series.
That doesn’t mean it can’t be mindlessly entertaining fun.
This “final chapter” of the series picks up some point after the last movie but never really explains what happened in the interim. This is something that happens with most of the movies, so it’s already keeping to tradition. At the very start, you are treated to a short recap of the story so far. In case you were unaware: Umbrella Corporation caused a zombie apocalypse and humanity is on the brink of extinction. Whoops. Also, Ser Jorah Mormont (Sorry, Dr. Isaacs) is a bad guy, and Alice (played by Mila Jovovich) is the hero.
There is a plot device basically telling Alice she needs to go back to The Hive (the location of the first movie) to stop the extermination of the remaining human survivors, and she only has 48 hours to do it.
Commence travel, zombie butt kicking, fighting with Umbrella Corporation soldiers, meeting up with other survivors, seeing another familiar face (who has somehow maintained perfect hair during the apocalypse when no one else has). Blah blah blah.
Less than two hours later, the movie is over as well as Alice’s story arc. Supposedly. You can never tell with Hollywood.
Overall opinion is that the movie is worth seeing as nothing more than mindless entertainment and a decent wrap-up to the series and storylines. You will not be a better person for having seen it. You can at least be entertained, as long as you know what you’re signing up for (which at this point, if you don’t, then I can’t help you). Keep your expectations low, and you won’t be disappointed.
Well, maybe. Even with low expectations, these movies are pretty terrible despite the fun.
TL;DR Summary: See the movie for mindless entertainment only. Or don’t. Whatever decision you make on this one, you won’t really be any worse off for it.
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