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Resident Evil: The Final Chapter

Score: 78%
Rating: R
Publisher: Sony Pictures Home
                  Entertainment

Region: A
Media: 4K Blu-ray/2
Running Time: 107 Mins.
Genre: Action/Sci-Fi/Horror
Audio: English Dolby Atmos (Dolby
           TrueHD 7.1 compatible), Czech,
           English - Audio Description
           Track, French (Double au
           Quebec), Hungarian, Italian,
           Polish VO, Portuguese, Russian,
           Spanish (Castilian), Spanish
           (Latin American), Thai, Turkish
           5.1 Dolby Digital

Subtitles: English, English SDH, Arabic,
           Cantonese, Chinese (Simplified),
           Chinese (Traditional), Czech,
           Danish, Dutch, Estonian,
           Finnish, French, Greek, Italian,
           Korean, Latvian, Lithuanian,
           Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese
           (Brazil), Portuguese (Classic),
           Romanian, Russian, Slovak,
           Spanish (Castilian), Spanish
           (Latin American), Swedish, Thai,
           Turkish


Features:

  • Retaliation Mode: Director Paul Anderson & Milla Jovovich Break Down Key Moments & Discuss The Franchise - Blu-ray Exclusive
  • Sneak Peek: Resident Evil: Vendetta - Blu-ray Exclusive
  • Stunts & Weaponry - Blu-ray Exclusive
  • Explore The Hive
  • The Bad Ass Trinity & The Women of Resident Evil

Resident Evil: The Final Chapter starts off with a healthy recap of what has happened in the series so far, including some integral info as to why the T-Virus was created in the first place. It seems one of Umbrella Corporation's founders, Dr. James Marcus, was searching for a cure for his young daughter, Alicia (Ever Anderson), whose rare, incurable disease caused her to age at a rapid rate. When he realized the horrifying ramifications of the T-Virus, he ended his research, but his partner, Dr. Alexander Isaacs (Iain Glen, Game of Thrones) had other ideas. Hence, the disaster at Raccoon City.

Meanwhile, Alice (Milla Jovovich, the Resident Evil franchise, The Fifth Element, Ultraviolet) is trying to survive in the ruins of Washington, D.C. when she is contacted out of the blue by the Red Queen (Ever Anderson), who seeks her help. What!?! It seems Umbrella is out to eliminate the last strongholds of humanity with a horde of zombies and a handful of armored vehicles headed up by - you guessed it - Dr. Isaacs, previously thought dead. The only hope for the last shred of human holdouts is a fancy new airborne antivirus located deep within The Hive. If released, it will kill all things T-Virus. But why is the Red Queen helping Alice all of a sudden? It seems she came upon some nasty info about Dr. Isaacs hiding in her database and it allows for some slight fudging in her directives. So Alice heads off to where it all began, The Hive, but not before stopping to warn a nearby stronghold, where she finds not only a new motley crew of survivors, but also old friend and fellow female badass-in-arms Claire Redfield (Ali Larter, Heroes, Final Destination). Things aren't quite right among the group and Alice suspects a mole, but joining in the fight for The Hive are Claire's boyfriend Doc (Eoin Macken), spunky mechanical whiz Abigail (Ruby Rose, Orange is the New Black), Razor (Fraser James), Christian (William Levy) and Cobalt (Rola). Not everyone will make it... because it's a Resident Evil movie aaaaannnnnd... bloodshed.

Wesker (Shawn Roberts) also has no intention of letting Alice and company anywhere near the antivirus and makes sure the Red Queen is following orders, although he aims to handle all of the security provisions himself, and he is going to make it damn hard for the group to get anywhere. It's pretty cool to go back to the location of the original movie and the wonderfully vicious laser hallway makes a welcome return. After lots of ass-kicking is had, we are treated to some eye-opening storyline advancement about Alice's origins, a satisfying ending, and a fitting close to the long-running franchise.

Included on the Blu-ray disc are several exclusive special features including a featurette with Paul Anderson and wife, Milla Jovovich, discussing the franchise and pivotal moments throughout, a sneak peek at the upcoming CG animated movie Resident Evil: Vendetta, and an interesting look at the stunts and weaponry on set. It's pretty cool that Milla does many of her own stunts, but they left out the two horrible accidents that occurred on set (Google it - yikes!). There are also featurettes on The Hive and the ass-kicking ladies of Resident Evil: The Final Chapter. Fans of the series will enjoy all of it, but I was surprised and a little disappointed at the lack of deleted scenes.

Resident Evil: The Final Chapter looks pretty darn amazing in 4K and although there is a ton of action happening on screen, the picture never flinches and treats your eyes to every pixel of danger and gore to be had. If you have a 4K setup, this is the only way to go.

For me, as a fan of Resident Evil in general and a lover of Capcom's game series from day one, watching this was a no-brainer (no "zombie lunch" pun intended). While the movies have never really stuck to the story of the game, they do have nods in them and have always been fun, mindless action romps and this is no different. If you aren't a fan of the series, Resident Evil: The Final Chapter won't change your mind, but it's a decent send-off to the movie series.



-Psibabe, GameVortex Communications
AKA Ashley Perkins

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