Resident Evil: The Final Chapter

Resident Evil: The Final Chapter ★★★★★

"You're fast, but you're not too smart."

What was I thinking with that rating last night? Talk about a film that demands to be seen in theaters; I can't even imagine seeing this on a smaller screen than the RPX, and I'll be hard pressed to find a '17 release that I believe to be more fluidly and precisely edited (though with each frame feeling like it was hand-spliced to the next in such a way as to fight against the process of the interwoven moving image). Visual forced upon consequent visual, the image firing past us at such an intense and overwhelming speed that it inherently must demand the next before we've had time to process the last (completely opaque frames almost feel superimposed because more than a trace of the past and future image remain vivid in one's mind while experiencing the present). Can't say I'm surprised that this was cut together by the same man who edited Gamer and acted as an additional editor on Crank: High Voltage & Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, as he's an inordinate and radical maverick in the cutting room with a love it or loathe it methodology that I happen to marvel over. Fast indeed, and even smarter yet. Anti-corporate destruction of dichotomy, the AI and the human being; W.S. is more interested in the grey space between. Memories or, at the very least, the notion of remembering, is all that matters.

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