You’re damn right that’s a Fifth Element reference in the title.
I thought it apt for the experience that has come from 5 films over…*checks dates*…FIFTEEN YEARS…
Holy smokes, that’s some mileage.
Any way, Milla Jovovich returns as Alice to get money and write cheques for Umbrella who keep doing crazy shit.
But what does that really mean?
Picking up three weeks after the events in Resident Evil: Retribution, humanity is on its last legs after Alice and her comrades were betrayed by Wesker in Washington D.C.
As the only survivor of what was meant to become the humanity’s final stand against the hordes of undead, Alice must return to where the nightmare began – the now-destroyed Raccoon City.
It means we’ve done this dance before, that’s for sure!
And it’s not a bad dance.
It’s not a good one also.
But it’s that type of dance that’s had us out on the dance floor for 15 years, so it must be a dance we like; Something like a ‘Movie Macarena‘.
It has enough cheese and pizzazz to it which has the audience always taking another hit of that good Resident Evil buzz.
A lot of that is thanks to Jovovich. As head of the franchise since it’s inception, her ownership of the role has ensured its success, even when it wavered from the path of the video games.
Ultimately this is what this “final chapter” ends up feeling like; Little nods to the game, with Jovovich owning the screen while a crap-load of killing and action happens.
Continuity wise, I’m impressed with how well they’ve kept it all together, especially after so many films.
But look…you’re not here for a good time with these films, you’re just here for a long time.
As long as zombies get shot.
Why re-invent the wheel when you can smash it to pieces with Milla Jovovich's hands?