<Review by: Sailesh Ghelani>
Directed by Paul WS Anderson. Starring Milla Jovovich, Ali Larter, Iain Glen, Shawn Roberts, Ever Anderson
Running time: 1 hour 46 minutes
The sixth and probably last film in this franchise isn’t so bad considering the last one I reviewed was awful (Resident Evil: Retribution).
Most of us will only remember Milla Jovovich and some random pieces of action from this video-game-turned-movie franchise. It has its fan following and has certainly developed a look and feel that is unique. Even if you don’t remember the previous films or what this zombie-apocalypse film is about, you don’t need to worry. They’ve neatly explained the gist of it. Kudos to the filmmakers on incorporating it so nicely into the plot.
Alice (Milla Jovovich) isn’t dead after all and she must yet again battle the evil Umbrella Corporation to try and save herself and the population of the world from total annihilation. Hordes of zombies chase and try to kill her, but they’re not the real enemy.
Dr Alexander Isaacs (Iain Glen), the part owner of the Umbrella Corporation and devious mind behind the events involving the T-virus, is her nemesis. His plans for a new world order can only be halted if Alice, with the help of the Red Queen (Ever Anderson, Jovovich’s daughter with director husband Paul WS Anderson) and her band of survivor rebels, can reach the Hive in Raccoon City and release an antidote.
‘Loud’ is the best word to describe this film. Paul Haslinger’s thumping metal soundtrack and multiple explosions, gunshots and severed heads get your adrenalin in overdrive as Alice rides her motorbike through explosions being chased by tanks followed by thousands of the undead. If you’re lucky enough to be in a PVR cinema where they actually use their surround sound then you’ll get to experience this sound mixing brilliance.
And what can I say about the look of the film, the camera work and action sequences? Impressive, yes. Milla Jovovich is astoundingly agile and magnetic. Put Jovovich and Kate Beckinsale from the Underworld films together in a movie please.
If this is indeed the ‘final chapter’, it is a worthy end. But let us see some more female firebrand action like this again soon.