In 2002, Screen Gems released an action horror film that was loosely based on Capcom's Resident Evil video games. Despite mainstream critical hatred (literally; it made Roger Ebert's list of most hated films), the Milla Jovovich-led flick went on to gross $102.4 million, nearly three times the film's budget. The film series follows Alice (Jovovich), who turns against her former employer, the Umbrella Corporation, after they trigger a zombie apocalypse. The success of the first film created an entire franchise, which, fourteen years later, is about to conclude with its sixth film, Resident Evil: The Final Chapter.
Fans of the franchise have been awaiting news about the final film for some time now, especially since the international teaser left us excited, but with a lot of questions. For those of us unable to attend New York Comic Con next month, there's still new information coming out about the film all the time -- most notably, Sony released a motion poster for The Final Chapter yesterday that looks absolutely awesome.
The poster features Jovovich as Alice, the steadfast protagonist of all six films, standing atop burning rubble holding one of her trademark pistols. Check it out below:
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It makes sense that this newest marketing release doesn't reveal much about the film itself, since it's just a poster, but it's a little irksome that this poster just draws on more of the same themes from the previous films. When a franchise comes to a close, creators have the choice to either go out with a bang or appeal to fans with a sense of familiarity, and it looks like this poster is going for the latter. While that's probably great for die-hard fans who love the franchise's hyper-CGI'd shoot-'em-up reputation, it's a little boring for followers who want to see the films do more, especially since the corresponding Resident Evil video games are trying something new.
Still, it is pretty cool to see Resident Evil produce a motion poster, proving that the franchise that adapted Avatar's groundbreaking camera technology for its fourth film is still dedicated to utilizing the latest in media presentation. Plus, Jovovich looks fantastic, and it's awesome to see her still kicking zombie keister at age 40, given Hollywood's -- and the action genre in general's -- issues with casting middle-aged women. We're waiting to hear more on the film's content, but until we do, it's nice to see materials like this give us a taste of what's to come. Since this sequel is likely to be another critical-flop-turned-box-office-success, it will really be up to the fans to determine whether this final installment has given them the ending they deserve.
Resident Evil: The Final Chapter hits theatres on Jan. 27, 2017.