Resident Evil: The Final Chapter Brings You Down

The Resident Evil series has been delivering spin-chilling scares around since 1996, with the original release of Resident Evil. Since then the franchise has seen different iterations of itself to not only shake things up but to keep players interested in the continuing storylines. It was only a matter of time until Hollywood came knocking on Capcom’s doors looking to turn the hit horror game series into a hit box office blockbuster. Resident Evil’s film series has struggled since the birth of its Alice storyline in 2002, and with each new installment to the six part series, the films only seems to get worse as they go on. Nevertheless, could the sixth and “final” film finally deliver a pay off that fans desperately need?

This week the weirdly long teaser trailer of Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, (which plays out more like an actual trailer rather than a “teaser”) was released online for the entire world to see and just as Axl Rose suggests, the trailer does indeed take you down, but not to a Paradise City — more so to the early 2000s era of cheesy action B movies. To begin with, it should be noted that the only reason the film series has survived for as long as it has rest solely on the shoulders of the oversees market, which seems to really enjoy these iterations of the long running action/horror franchise. It’s weird to think that fans reamed out Resident Evil 6 (the game) for being too much like an action movie blockbuster based on its gameplay and story, yet they praise the film franchise for doing the exact same thing.

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In regards to the teaser trailer we see main character Alice jumping on the back of a beat up motorcycle and taking off towards Raccoon City, where the birth of the Umbrella Cooperation had taken place. We see along the way she obviously runs into trouble with both human and mutated zombie kind as she tries her hardest to return to the hive while killing every last zombie along the way. It’s safe to say that the end product of the film will be filled with cringe-worthy moments from the beginning to the end credits, but the trailer does what trailers do best and is indicative of what the actual movie is going to play out like.

The trailer itself is spliced together fairly well with a fitting pop culture soundtrack running behind it, much like Suicide Squad did with its trailers, to get the general audience intrigued in its premise. If you have seen even one of the six Resident Evil films, however, then expect to see more of the same rather than something note worthy. Much like the rest of these movies the only thing the film really has going for it is Milla Jovovich, in the leading role and Iain Glen (Game of Thrones) as the possible main antagonist. Nevertheless, not only is Jovovich an excellent actress and does her best with what the script offers her for lines, but she personally has stated she enjoys making these films and watching her performance throughout each iteration of the on-going series and it really shows.

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Resident Evil: The Final Chapter not so surprisingly won’t bring anything new to this B Movie franchise and I don’t think anyone should have expected it to. The Resident Evil films know what they are and don’t intended to change their formula or shake things up into a horror-filled scream fest for their quote on quote “Final Chapter.” This film is and always was made for those who enjoyed the first flick all the way to the final flick. Diehard fans of the game series will want to stay far, far, away from this movie, as all it will bring them is pain, torment and flashbacks of Resident Evil 6 (the game). The only thing we can do is remind ourselves that Resident Evil 7 will be out soon and the justice the series deserves will be harbored inside of it.