Much like the mutated, zombified characters that make up its core group of antagonists, the Resident Evil film franchise just refuses to die. It’s been 14 years since the original film (and still the only decent one) hit theaters, and early next year we’ll be treated to a sixth installment which purports to be the end of the line for the series and its tough-as-nails hero, Alice (Milla Jovovich).
The most recent film, 2012’s Resident Evil: Retribution, ended with a setup for what could have been a spectacular battle in the nation’s capital, but this new look at Resident Evil: The Final Chapter seems to hint that things didn’t exactly go as planned. Now Washington D.C. is a wasteland, and Alice is on the run back to the source of the madness: Raccoon City.
It’s been a long time since I actually enjoyed a Resident Evil film, but I have to admit the second half of this trailer piqued my interest. Director Paul W.S. Anderson has an eye for crazy action, and there are some flat-out ridiculous sequences on display here that could actually turn out to be a lot of fun – provided, of course, that we aren’t expected to become invested in the narrative, because that’s never really been the series’ strong suit.
Here’s the official synopsis for Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, because at this point only someone from the studio could manage to make sense of the franchise’s hopelessly complicated storytelling:
Picking up immediately after the events in Resident Evil: Retribution, humanity is on its last legs in Washington D.C. As the only survivor of what was meant to be humanity’s final stand against the undead hordes, Alice must return to where the nightmare began – Raccoon City, where the Umbrella Corporation is gathering its forces for a final strike against the only remaining survivors of the apocalypse.
In a race against time Alice will join forces with old friends, and an unlikely ally, in an action packed battle with undead hordes and new mutant monsters. Between regaining her superhuman abilities at Wesker’s hand and Umbrella’s impending attack, this will be Alice’s most difficult adventure as she fights to save humanity, which is on the brink of oblivion.
Returning alongside Jovovich will be Ali Larter as Claire Redfield, Iain Glen as Dr. Alexander Isaacs, and Shawn Roberts as Albert Wesker. If you’ve managed to stick with the franchise this long, you might actually be rewarded for your efforts when Resident Evil: The Final Chapter hits theaters on January 27, 2017.
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