Never-ending battle against evil

NEVER SAY DIE: Zombie-fighting warrior Alice returns to save the day in ‘Resident Evil: The Final Chapter’, now showing in 3D at Rosehill Cinema

Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, with Milla Jovovich, Ali Larter, Iain Glen, Shawn Roberts. Directed by Paul WS Anderson.

4/5

FANS of the Resident Evil franchise won’t be disappointed with this long-awaited follow-on to 2012’s Resident Evil: Retribution.

Milla Jovovich is back as Alice, the genetically engineered warrior who faces down hordes of the undead and horrifying mutations caused by the T-virus, which killed most people on the planet.

It all started in an underground genetic research facility run by the nefarious Umbrella Corporation in Raccoon City, where Alice first awakened after the T-virus was released by a seeming lab accident.

Teaming up with ever-dwindling groups of survivors, Alice fought her way across the US and around the world, seeking sanctuary and battling the Umbrella Corporation who used the global plague to further its own ambitions, creating more abominations to wipe out the remnant of humanity.

In this final chapter, the action heads back to Raccoon City. Audiences may remember Alice and her comrades making a last stand in Washington DC at the end of Retribution, reluctantly teaming up with her sunglasses-wearing arch-foe Albert Wesker (Shawn Roberts), or one of his clones.

Surprise, surprise, she was betrayed. She wakes up in the rubble of the Capitol and soon has to fight a flying nasty. Satellites are tracking Alice’s movements and she once again encounters the artificial intelligence the Red Queen (Ever Gabo Anderson), who tells her to go to Racoon City for humanity’s sake and where a great revelation awaits.

The revelation turns out to be a bit of a no-brainer, but there are enough fights, explosions, terrifying monsters and dramatic escapes along the way to keep things interesting.

Alice is taken hostage by another man she thought she had killed, Dr Alexander Isaacs (Iain Glen), one of the masterminds of the Umbrella Corporation. Following the trusted formula of: fight, escape, team up with another small band of survivors; Alice is reunited with an old friend Claire Redfield (Ali Larter).

Of course we can expect their ranks to be thinned by various threats before Alice gets to the source and a final showdown with Wesker and Isaacs. Based on a video game, there are parts it really feels like a video game.

This may be called the final chapter, and there was a lot of satisfying resolution, but it was open-ended enough to leave room for a sequel. Jovovich still looks good.

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