Thursday, 20 April 2017
Resident Evil: The Final Chapter preview film review
Thanks to ShowFilmFirst my husband and I went to see a preview of this film at Showcase Cinema Leeds.
IMDB says: Alice returns to where the nightmare began: The Hive in Raccoon City, where the Umbrella Corporation is gathering its forces for a final strike against the only remaining survivors of the apocalypse.
In this Paul W. S. Anderson (Shopping, Death Race) written and directed film, Milla Jovovich (The Fifth Element, Ultraviolet) stars as Alice, hunted by Dr Isaacs (Iain Glen: Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, TVs Game of Thrones) of the Umbrella Corporation. Making her way back to The Hive she joins with last remaining survivors Claire (Ali Larter: Varsity Blues, TVs Heroes), Doc (Eoin Macken: Centurion, TVs Merlin), Abigail (Ruby Rose: xXx: Return of Xander Cage, TVs Orange is the New Black), Christian (William Levy: Addicted, The Single Moms Club) and Rola (Warratte iitomo!, TV Series Ataru).
Given warnings that she doesn't know whether to trust from Young Alice/The Red Queen (Ever Anderson in her first role), she is given the task to bring the Umbrella Corporation down from within, where she must face Wesker (Shawn Roberts: Jumper, TVs Wild Roses) again in order to find an antidote to the T-Virus within 24 hours.
*** CONTAINS SPOILERS ***
As someone who hasn't seen any of the other Resident Evil films, nor played the video game, it did explain what had gone before really well, so you can watch it as a standalone film but when it comes to plot, it seems to me very lacking. Because of this, I do not know whether this is to be expected of a Resident Evil film, or if this is just the case for this one.
I am not really a fan of zombie movies and I am not easily scared, so it was what I expected when the film was full of zombies and monsters, yet I did not expect the poor editing. The camera shakes, zooms in and out and then inexplicably switches camera over and over again until you feel like you are on a rollercoaster, but not in a good way. Strobe effect lighting and near constant dark scenes exacerbate this and sadly, the acting just is not good. Having watched Game of Thrones, Heroes and Merlin, I was surprised, but it may be because the script just wasn't very good and didn't give these actors much to work with. That and the main culprit of sub par acting was Jovovich (Alice), the main character, who is needed to hold the film and she just didn't. I get that everyone is a clone, but does that really have to equal bad acting?
We saw the 'twist' coming a mile away and if this film is supposed to be the end, why does it seem to set up Alice continuing?
So glad we saw this movie for free because I really would not want to have wasted good money on going to see it.
Tagline: Finish the fight. 4/10
Trivia: During filming stuntwoman Olivia Jackson suffered a severe injury to her left arm after a motorcycle crash and ultimately had to have the arm amputated. The alleged final instalment of the "Resident Evil" film franchise, however depending on domestic and international gross business decisions may or may not be revised. A TV series is supposedly in the works following the release of this final instalment to the Resident Evil film franchise. Ricardo Cornelius was a crew member on the film's shoot in South Africa when he was standing near a Humvee that was located on a rotating platform. Apparently, the Humvee was not properly secured and it slid off the platform. According to Deadline, when this happened it pinned Cornelius against a wall and crushed him. The crew member was rushed to the hospital and placed on life support, but he passed away a few hours later.
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