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Saturday, February 04, 2017

Resident Evil: The Final Chapter
Director: Paul W.S. Anderson
Cast: Milla Jovovich, Iain Glen, Ruby Rose and others
Rating: * ½

There must be an audience for this video game inspired mayhem if yet another installment of Resident Evil has been inflicted on the world. This Paul W.S. Anderson film threatens to be The Final Chapter, but the way it ends, it doesn't seem so. Maybe, till Milla Jovovich wants to star in them and someone wants to produce and direct them, they will carry on.

The franchise commenced in 2002, with Jovovich playing Alice, a tough fighter. In the new film, the world is a dystopian mess of twisted metal, wrecked buildings and most humans reduced to flesh-eating zombies.

The cause is Dr. Isaacs (Iain Glen), the megalomaniacal head of the sinister Umbrella Corporation, who imagines himself as a Noah of this age. He wants to destroy humanity and rebuild it the way he wants it.

When the film opens, she wakes up in a devastated landscape and starts battling monsters springing at her and the action never stops.

Her mysterious foe, the Red Queen, an artificial intelligence programme that appears in the form of the hologram of a little girl, tells her to go to the Hive, the gleaming hi-tech headquarters of the Umbrella Corporation. She is to get the antidote to the deadly T-virus that the indestructible Dr. Isaacs used to destroy humanity.

She gathers up a bunch of cohorts and reaches the Hive, chased all the way by armies of the undead. It is a bit difficult to watch this film with all those ghastly creatures in 3D. Jovovich is sexy and lithe with one stylish cut on her face after all the battering she is subjected to. She miraculously musters up the enthusiasm to play Alice yet again.

Anderson uses a familiar sci-fi doomsday scenario to make a save the world actioner that is laughably silly; worse, it takes itself too seriously. The film is grim, ugly, humourless and mostly unimaginative.

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