Even after watching the rest of the series from a bunch of free codes that I got from a theater loyalty program, I didn't end up seeing the final entry in theaters because, quite frankly, there was always something else I wanted to see more. After renting it on Redbox, I found that, while it was enjoyable, I don't regret my decision of staying away.
If you take this film for what it is, it does pretty well. The writing of the film definitely restores the series to the survival horror found in the first film, ending the series on a high note. Still, the writing of the film is ridiculously convoluted. Elements involving cloning carried over from previous films are just confusing and wreck character development. There are also some really cheesy lines, and the actors don't put much emotion into their performances. The film tries to incorporate some religious commentary, and what is there is very interesting, however, it is definitely underdeveloped. Still, it manages to be an enjoyable action-horror film.
The execution of the film, on the other hand, was actually somewhat impressive. The cinematography and CGI are both rather good. It isn't revolutionary, but the camerawork helps make the action sequences more exciting. The production design is also impressive, with the premise allowing the incorporation of many cool "traps". The editing is a bit too erratic for my tastes, though.
Overall, I enjoyed "Resident Evil: The Final Chapter" more than most of the rest of the series, and I would say that it is also a step up in terms of quality. Regardless, it is still a mindless action horror film, so you must judge it for what it is.
Resident Evil: The Final Chapter
Big Tuna's Rating: C
How Did I Watch It?: Redbox rental.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: I doubt it.
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