Just over one month after Ubisoft Motion Pictures attempts to launch a new (and lucrative) video game-based movie franchise with Assassin's Creed, the most successful video game film series of all time will be coming to a close, with the release of Resident Evil: The Final Chapter. The sixth Resident Evil film is hitting the scene nearly fifteen years after the release of the first big screen Resident Evil installment: a zombie horror-flavored action/thriller that introduced the world to the superheroine that is Alice (Milla Jovovich). Resident Evil writer/director Paul W.S. Anderson, who has either written and/or directed every installment in the movie franchise to date, is calling the shots on The Final Chapter too, in order to bring his run on the property to a proper close.
Whereas the fifth Resident Evil film, Resident Evil: Retribution, in particular wound up being criticized for unnecessarily convoluting the (already somewhat-muddled) overarching mythology of Anderson's previous movies, that shouldn't be a problem with The Final Chapter. Indeed, judging by the trailers released for the film so far, Alice's final battle against the evil Umbrella Corporation looks to unfold as a pretty straight-forward mad dash to the finish line between Alice (and her allies) and the zombie hordes.
Sony has now released a second international trailer for The Final Chapter that likewise paints the film's plot as being pretty simple: Alice has 48 hours to find and unleash an airborne antivirus (one which was also created by the Umbrella Corporation) to save the world from being completely ravaged by the zombie-apocalypse. In order to do so, however, Alice ends up having to work alongside some unexpected allies (see: the Red Queen) and taking on some of her old enemies; Dr. Alexander Isaacs (Ian Glen) and Albert Wesker (Shawn Roberts), among them.
Resident Evil: The Final Chapter also seems poised to deliver the best action sequences and set pieces featured in any of Anderson's Resident Evil movies to date, judging by the footage on display in the newest international trailer. Whereas the fourth and fifth movies in the series (2010's Resident Evil: Afterlife especially) were arguably hampered by Anderson going overboard with the 3D elements, The Final Chapter bears a stronger resemblance to the earlier chapters in the franchise in terms of visuals - but with more of a modern polish, after fifteen years of improvements in filmmaking techniques since the first Resident Evil was made.
Joining Alice for her final trip back to Raccoon City in The Final Chapter is Ali Larter back as Claire Redfield, as well as such recognizable faces as Rubie Rose (Orange is the New Black) - who, between her work here and her role in John Wick: Chapter Two, could make a real name for herself as an action star in 2017 - and Japanese model/actress Role, among others. That's not to say The Final Chapter will necessarily offer much that will convince those have resisted jumping aboard the Resident Evil bandwagon thus far to finally make the leap - but for fans of this series, it looks like Anderson and Jovovich will be closing out their run with a worthy bang.
Source: Sony Pictures Entertainment
- Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (2017) release date: Jan 27, 2017