Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Living La Vida Loca in a Post-Zombie Apocalypse Video Game, or Thoughts on Resident Evil: The Final Chapter

Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (2016) is the sixth installment in Milla Jovovich’s signature franchise, and finds Alice riding her motorcycle through a zombie wasteland.  There’s a completely unnecessary 4-minute recap before the movie kicks into gear, in a world reminiscent of Terminator: Salvation (2009) but you know, with zombies and giant pterodactyl Cthulu-bat mutants.  A zombie franchise always paints itself into a corner; there’s nowhere to go once the zombie horde takes over, unless there’s some magic bullet/deus ex machina cure, which of course Alice is now looking for.
Alice returns to Raccoon City, where it all started, which I’ve always found to be an odd name choice for a city. I know it’s a Capcom reference, doesn’t make it any better.  Chock full of stylish wire-work fight scenes and ridiculous stunts that somehow make sense, at least at the time, like Alice zip-lining over a flaming zombie horde, the movie attempts to bring closure to the franchise.  But in a world with cloning technology it’s never really over, and even if Alice dies she can come back like a restart in a video game.
Iain Glen, not pining after Khalisi for once, has been upgraded with predictive combat software like Neo from The Matrix (1999), so now he can fight Alice.  Watch out for the laser grid hallway from Resident Evil (2002), which was always one of my favorite scenes.  The breakout star is Ruby Rose, (Stella from Orange is The New Black), in her feature film debut.  Essentially this generation’s Michelle Rodriguez, Ruby Rose portrays Abigail, your basic post-apocalyptic zombie fighter.   She’s also in xXx: The Return of Xander Cage (2016) and John Wick 2 (2017).  Michelle Rodriguez, in case you care, and I know you do, will be appearing in Fast and the Furious 8: The Fate of the Furious, later this year.





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