While the franchise has slackened into dependably dumb post-apocalyptic thrills, star Milla Jovovich has only gotten better, seasoning her long-legged athleticism with a commanding stare.
Jovovich has found her niche as the Brunhilde of movies, the shield maiden, the strong and vigilant Valkyrie who doesn't need a man to save the world until the next apocalypse.
The climax makes for a satisfying conclusion to the franchise-an ending which this writer expects, and even hopes, all concerned will studiously ignore when they get around to making the next one.
Boasting a higher body count than its IQ, "Resident Evil: The Final Chapter" is violent, idiotic fun.
True, the movie's intense, and Jovovich is certainly in fighting shape. But after 15 years of this franchise, it's getting hard to tell Alice from the things she's fighting. It's all squint and grunt, slash and groan.
Resident Evil: The Final Chapter may not be the ideal final note for the series but as long as Jovovich is up there doing her thing, most people will be too enthralled to notice.
To the extent that knowing exactly what a movie holds in store for you in advance is a virtue, Resident Evil: The Final Chapter is almost saintlike. Still, there are some pleasant enough surprises.
Yes, the movie is called "Resident Evil: The Final Chapter," but don't let that get your hopes up.