Resident Evil: The Final Chapter

Resident Evil: The Final Chapter ★★★

This series has a proud history of each successive film just blatantly ignoring the sequel hook in the previous film and doing whatever they want, and usually it feels like that was the right choice. This is the first time it's really felt to me like something was lost in abandoning the previous film's blatant sequel fodder. And the way the characters talked their way around it felt super clumsy.

About half of this felt like by far the weakest entry in the series other than Apocalypse. The beginning and middle just dragged like crazy, and even in a series that's known for its frequent bouts of exposition dumps, it felt like The Final Chapter was pretty easily the worst offender of the bunch. Also, Dr. Isaacs' "predictive combat software" was a pretty blatant case of Paul W. S. Anderson seeing Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes and going, "Oh, that's cool! Is there any way I can steal it?" There was no real purpose to it.

You have to tip your hat to the endgame, though. I didn't really expect there to be so much emotional resonance, and while there was yet another sequel hook in a film literally called "The Final Chapter," it also felt like this could be the end of the series. And if it is, it's a fitting one.

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