Picking up immediately after the events in Resident Evil: Retribution, Alice (Milla Jovovich) is the only survivor of what was meant to be humanity’s final stand against the undead. Now, she must return to where the nightmare began – The Hive in Raccoon City, where the Umbrella Corporation is gathering its forces for a final strike against the only remaining survivors of the apocalypse.
A IMDb rating of 5.7 isn’t a good rating by any definition. RE6 was rated even worse than Kate Beckinsale’s latest Blood Wars vehicle, which received a slightly better 5.9. And that in times when female action heros are very fashionable in Hollywood and the audiences are as undicscerning as never before. We’re not talking about arthouse movies here but senseless action spectacles. So both movies stumbled at a remarkably low hurdle.
Me, I love the bad rating since it proves my own judgement wasn’t as clouded as I initially feared. Because, believe it ot not, I found RE6 super underworldly (subterranean) bad. Just an overall bad flick.
Ok, let’s not talk too much about the actors and their abilities here, but when in the year 2016, with all the technological possibilities, the director has to resort to ultrabad CGI and confusingly ultrafast editing, then there is something wrong with the direction and production. Milla Jovovich is still a very beautiful woman, and as the franchise’s main protagonist, Alice, she deserves the camera lingering on her features for longer than splitseconds, not? And the fights are galore but very unimpressive and cut for total lack of impact but to meet PG-13 requirements.
Ok, the actors. Stil can’t do totally without them, unfortunately. So Iain Glen plays his Dr. Isaacs not half as well as his Lord Friendzone role in Game of Thrones but is still the best thing about RE6. Milla delivers as usual. Meaning she nails the runny shouty shooty thing. And she does better than ScarJo does in GitS but that’s not the topic of today’s movie rant.
Ali Larter is the second best actor after Glen but she’s so pale and averagely boring as Claire Redfield and even outperformed by the, at least physically impressive, Ruby Rose as Abigail.
That’s it. All the rest of the ensemble are more or less just glorified extras and/or stuntmen/women.
And the plot? What fukn plot?
CONCLUSION: Guys, Resident Evil peaked qualitywise in the 3rd movie, the following installments we didn’t even watch out of fear they might be bad. But as the last chapter of the franchise I’d hoped for at least a spectacular finale. But no. This was bland filmmaking by numbers. Not just bad but sad, very sad.
WATCH IT? Only if you’re bored out of your skull and can’t find anything better to do like i.e. doing the dishes or hanging the laundry. For me RE6 only delivered in the one single point all earlier installments did already so well: Girls Rule, Boys Drool! But why aren’t girls ruling in better movies?
LET’S SEE WHAT YT’S REVIEWERS THOUGHT ABOUT RE6:
“causing my eyes to bleed out of my face”
“This might be the best Resident Evil ever because it’s over now.”
“For this kind of movie: Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, Pretty darn good!”
Ok, for this overly friendly review Grace falls from grace. 😮