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Fans Can't Believe How Bad The Editing Is In Resident Evil: The Final Chapter

The gory, frightening, and action-packed franchise "Resident Evil" has been popular for decades partly because of the video game series, which first debuted in 1996, but also because of the movies, which kicked off in 2002. Like many game-to-movie adaptations, the films stray significantly from the storyline of the games and introduce entirely new characters and directions. Still, the "Resident Evil" movies garnered a big enough fanbase of zombie-loving viewers to warrant a whole plotline of their own, spanning six installments.

In the films, Milla Jovovich plays Alice, a woman who finds herself at war with an evil pharmaceutical company trying to clone her after learning that she may be the only human immune to a widespread zombifying virus. By the time of the events of the grand finale of the film franchise, "Resident Evil: The Final Chapter," the world is said to have only around 4,000 people left unaffected by this deadly virus. Needless to say, the stakes are high and the action is intense. However, while fans were no doubt excited for another "Resident Evil" movie, there were some pretty harsh criticisms made after the film's release.

Fans found the movie's editing to be way too choppy

As far as fan reactions go, nothing is sacred, especially when it comes to a franchise whose devotees are as invested as those who love "Resident Evil." On Reddit, one fan, u/MintyBBQSauce, had a particular gripe with the quality of the final film in the franchise. They wrote, "Resident Evil: The Final Chapter has some of the worst editing I've ever seen in a movie." Another commenter, u/DPTHEAWESOME, posted a clip from the movie that showcases exactly what u/MintyBBQSauce was talking about, namely an action sequence that features so many cuts to so many different characters and places that it's hard to tell what is going on. "Wow that is bad. I had trouble finishing that 36 second clip. I even had trouble counting all the cuts!" u/Ascarea added.

As it turns out, though, the editing for the movie may have been partially intentional. Post Perspective interviewed an editor for "Resident Evil: The Final Chapter," Doobie White, who spoke about a regular note he got from director Paul W. S. Anderson. '"There is a lot of great stuff in there... all you need to do now is move it all closer together,'" White recalls Anderson saying, going on to explain, "Paul really wanted this film to be non-stop — for the story to always be propelled forward. I took that as a mission statement: to always make the audience feel like Alice, caught in this crazy post-apocalyptic world ..."

The chaos certainly shines through in the final cut of the film, and whether fans enjoy it or not, it seems it's exactly what the creators were going for.