Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (2016)
: Dear God, will someone please give the editor of this movie a very large dose of Ritalin? During the action scenes, the camera angles change literally 3 times a second. Outside of the action scenes... well, actually, there really isn't much outside of those scenes, but what little there is, while a lot better, still feels extremely hyperactive. I don't need six different angles on someone taking a knife out of it's scabbard, OK movie? There is zero time to process anything; I didn't even have time to get scared of thefreakingmutantmonsterbeforeit'skilledbysomeguyIdidn'tevenrealizewasintheroomandwe'vealreadymovedonwithaonelinersoshortitdoesn'tevenregister. I can't say I'm a huge fan of the RE series. In fact, I don't remember anything about any of the other movies except for the first one, which was OK as far as it goes. So I knew none of the secondary characters that I'm supposed to know, and I didn't care at all as these unfamiliar faces perished one after another (or, more frequently, several at a time). I could tell who the
secondary bad guy was mainly because he was such a badass that he chose to wear dark sunglasses in his dimly lit underground lair. In typical villain style, he can kill the protagonists pretty much at any point during the movie, but instead he decides to let them into the Hive and takes them out one at a time. The acting is fine, as far as it goes but the characters are so zero dimensional, they're indistinguishable from nothing. But it doesn't really matter anyway, as the movie has about as much substance as the vacuum of outer space - though to it's credit, it never pretends to be anything it isn't. There is, as far as I can tell, no real story beyond "mankind is doomed unless I get to the antivirus in 48 hours, better kill everything in my path including most of what remains of the humans" (well, except for the inevitable plot twist). The motivations of the bad guys make zero sense (I'll spoil it for you: We're facing an apocalyptic future because of climate change and overpopulation. Better murder all the humans! Also bible!).
Actually, I think this might be a moderately entertaining mindless non-stop action horror movie if your brain actually had time to process all of the visuals they're throwing at you. As it is, though, it's not even that. Just an endless stream of weakly correlated images that pass in front of your eyes in a blur. With someone like Milla Jovovich in the lead, they should really have been able to produce something much better than this. It's not even got enough of a story to be a dumb story, really. Almost bad enough to be "so bad, it's good", but not quite. 4/10