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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Somewhere in the midst of this jumbled movie is the idea that self-risk and sacrifice can be worth it for the greater good.
Positive Role Models
Alice is a tough, strong woman, but, forced to fight for her survival, she's also ruthless and brutal. She seems to have some hope for the future, but she's also very cynical.
Violence & Scariness
Gory, graphic fantasy/zombie violence. The main character is knocked unconscious twice and beaten up constantly. Monsters, zombies, and plenty of sudden, noisy jump-scares. Characters die. Blood is shown and sprayed; cuts and wounds. Brief scenes of children in peril. Severed hand, severed fingers. Several car chases, crashes, explosions. Frequent guns and shooting, missiles, fireballs, grenades, etc. Stabbing with ice pick, etc. Falling from height.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Female characters are somewhat objectified, shown in revealing/tight outfits.
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Infrequent language includes "s--t," "bitches," "hell" "damn," "my God," etc. Middle-finger gesture.
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Products & Purchases
Tied to video game franchise.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Villains drink whiskey in a background way.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Resident Evil: The Final Chapter is the sixth -- and possibly (possibly not?) last -- movie in the sci-fi/horror series that began in 2002. The violence is gory and graphic, especially where the main character is concerned. Although Alice (Milla Jovovich) seems to be able to take it, she's constantly beaten and is knocked unconscious twice. There are also monsters and zombies, loud jump-scares, and plenty of blood. Hands and fingers are severed, there's guns and shooting, and viewers see stabbing, explosions, fireballs, car crashes, etc. Children are briefly in peril. Language is infrequent but does include "bitch," "hell," "my God," and a middle-finger gesture. Villains drink whisky in a background way, and female characters are somewhat objectified. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
The sixth movie in this violent sci-fi/horror series feels cursory and carelessly made. The cluttered, clunky footage is nearly unwatchable, and it's difficult to care about the flat, lifeless characters. The title of part six, Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, sounds like a promise, but don't be fooled: If this one does well, there will most certainly be more. Writer/director Paul W.S. Anderson clearly doesn't care much anymore; he uses some of the laziest plot devices known to man, starting with the totally unexplained "48 hour" time limit. (If the time limit, and the movie, could have been shorter, that might have helped.)
Jovovich, still looking fierce, throws herself physically into her role, but she endures quite a beating this time around, and -- as tough as she is -- it's hard to watch. The other characters barely appear to have memorized their lines, and they look rather glazed as they recite the inane dialogue. The footage is constantly shaking; it's edited with jackhammer speed and finesse, and the sound design is loud and jumpy. It's like being trapped in a washing machine filled with gray clothes, and occasionally someone bangs on the side. And there are explosions. All of that said, fans of the series will no doubt be happy.
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