Watch it for lovely Milla and the always watchable Iain Glen who gets to expand on his already killed-off character in a fun way, but everything else about the film is an overkill in editing, action and noisy effects. There is probably some cool stuff here, but nothing sticks in all the mess that is thrown around on the screen. It should be the final chapter if one only skips the last seconds of the film too.
Drops the interesting formalist strategies of Afterlife & Retribution in favour of an ugly colour palette, frenetic editing & horrible shot composition. Anderson seems to be striving for a post-Fury Road aesthetic, but the result is actually much closer to his own Death Race in terms of lazy, derivative filmmaking. At this point in the series narrative continuity & the relationship between characters is non-existent.
Resident Evil Marathon, Hour 10.6: The series' idea of Epic Installments has Dukes of Hazzard logic: "How are the ole Duke Boys gonna get outta this one?" but Anderson is so distracted by commercials for breast enlargement and opioid prescriptions, he forgets where he left off. Milla gives a mature and engaged performance, possibly her best. When it ends and the Illuminati explode, I smell reboot. My nose is bleeding
In which Paul W.S. Anderson largely abandons the intricate, symmetrical formalism of previous entries for a more desaturated palette and 'chaos cinema' style not unlike his "Death Race" remake. The impressionistic, "Gamer"-esque editing means fight scenes often fail to impress, but I was eventually worn down by the relentless onslaught of chunky violence and Anderson's sincere commitment to his own goofy mythology.
I wonder if these films work the other way around... studios will give Paul Anderson money if he manages to make appalling bad sequels to previously bad films? these films are mind bogging in its ineptitude at anything half resembling cinema. the hyper choppy incomprehensible editing posing for tension and kinetic, the 5 page script etc etc. ok they're dumb down blockbusters, but do they have to be so damn dreadful?
Do they promise it's the final one? Series comes to a potential finish by bringing us back to the locale of the first entry and gives us the surprise revelation that we all suspected from the beginning. Opening disappoints by avoiding the battle promised at the end of the previous chapter and the various creatures encountered lack the danger/menace expected. One leaves hoping this really is the end.
It's 2017, and this movie STILL HAVE A MAJOR RACE PROBLEM. They seriously killed Asians & Black people while leaving only white people with "fighting skills". The only reason I gave this movie 2 stars is because of Lee Joon Gi - who's such a bae, and Iain Glen's very convincing villain. They should have brought Ada Wong or Jill Valentine along side with Alice instead of Claire tbh.