After six films and 15 years the Resident Evil series closes out (with rumors of a reboot already starting). It was a fun ride. In this film Milla Jovovich's Alice once more fights her way through armies of zombies, monsters and goons to save the few remaining human survivors. There's a secret underground lab, a laser corridor, clones, revelations, retcons and director Paul Anderson steals a joke from Robocop. It's a clever joke though so I don't mind. If you've seen any of the previous films (or even the trailers) you know what to expect.
I was a bit disappointed with the opening. The last film left Alice and other survivors in a fortified White House surrounded by endless hordes of zombies. This film opens with Alice in the burnt out ruins of the White House, her friends presumably dead, and goes from there. I really would have liked to see the battle of the White House. Instead we get a battle in a ruined apartment block in Raccoon City which is not nearly as fulfilling.
The ending has some revelations and annoying retcons. Wesker the former Chairman of Umbrella is now a mere employee, Dr Isaacs is promoted from head of the science division to co-founder. We also learn the T-virus was created by a scientist to save his young daughter, but not the scientist who created the T-Virus to save his daughter in the 2nd film, a different scientist, with a different young daughter...
But with secrets, lies and clones these can be waved away. Heck, at this point there's no guarantee that anyone, including Alice, is who they think they are.
I was also saddened to read that the filming was accident-plagued with one accident killing a crew member and another crippling a stunt woman. It tempered my enjoyment, I kind of prefer my horror without real world blood.
But overall, guns, zombies, Jovovich, explosions... Everything you might want to finish off this series.