By Shelby Fielding (Lubbock, Texas, US)
Resident Evil: The Final Chapter. Let’s hope so…
The final chapter to the Resident Evil franchise has arrived in the sixth installment of this story that follows the evil corporation of Umbrella bringing society to its knees with the T-virus that turns ordinary people into cannibalistic monsters. This, in particular, the chapter focuses upon how our main character Alice is intertwined with this corporation conspiracist ideas and prophecies. Giving the audience unimaginative reasoning for her reappearance in Raccoon city where this all started, so she can release the airborne antidote to the world so society can give re-approach normality. Resident Evil has always been a franchise with many problems but always contained resolve in its intriguing screenplay and character development. This sixth episode provides an example of how atrocious, convoluted, and incohesive the art of filmmaking can become if put into improper hands.
Vertigo is the sensation of feeling off balance. If you have these dizzy spells, you might feel like you are spinning or that the world around you is spinning. Some have considered this symptom in movies like Cloverfield, Taken 3, and Alex Cross. This sensation can be created with non-fluid or distorted filmmaking, better known as “shaky cam.” In Resident Evil: The Final Chapter this is not the case. This film decides to create this sensation through the abysmal use of editing. The editing is incohesive, disastrous, atrocious, sickening, and indeed an abomination to the art of editing in filmmaking. There are multiple occasions of more than ten camera shots being used to film a simple dialogue scene, and sometimes more than 15 different angles being used to shoot an action scene in an intense and rapid succession. While viewing that movie I had multiple occurrences of when I needed to look away from the screen for my eyes to readjust to a normal and healthy perception.
The film editor known as Doobie White needs to go back to the drawing board after this one, and refocus upon slight transitions and controlled cutting to reinforce cohesiveness in the perception of a film. This terrible apprehension is also thanks to the dreadful directorial efforts of Paul W.S. Anderson who provides no comprehensive or productive aspects throughout the entirety of the 99 minute run time. He tries to use this rapid and disorienting shot design to create urgency but fails miserably due to the incomprehensible footage that he creates that fail to provide any sense development in the narrative. This desire for importance is also reflected in the dialogue, as words are spoken in rapid transition to create this perception that everything needs to be done in an accelerated effort because the world is at stake. Instead, it comes off as an aggravating and frustrating example of detrimental filmmaking. Milla Jovovich continues her regular performance to bring us the interchangeable character of Alice. Her performance is fine for what it is.
The screenplay provides little to no character advancing dialogue for the actress to sink her teeth into. Instead, it focuses on the rehashing of past narratives, instead of creating an imaginative and intriguing narrative that expands upon the story. This lack of ingenuity continues the depressing and aggravating problematic filmmaking that continued to provide me with hilarious confusion on why this movie was made? With Box office failure and terrible critical reception, Resident Evil: The Final Chapter continues to become an example of wasteful filmmaking.
From beginning to end Resident Evil: The Final Chapter fails to create a sense of purpose for existence and continuously personifies the terminology of abysmal filmmaking. If you are a fan of this franchise, you will probably continue to provide this franchise with your unreasonable appreciation. I, however, will continue to notice the atrocity and abomination that this particular installment is with its endless display of incomprehensible footage, disastrous editing, horrendous screenplay, and it’s appalling potential of another sequel.
Alice: [voice over] My name is Alice, and this is my story. The end of my story. Ten years ago in Raccoon City there was an outbreak. It spread across the world within days.
Alice: [voice over] I worked within the Umbrella Corporation. There was an incident. The virus escaped, everybody died. Trouble was they didn’t stay dead.