"Sometimes I feel like this has been my whole life."
Us too, Milla Jovovich, us too. Thus begins the all new trailer (watch below) out of #NYCC2016 for the final installment of the #ResidentEvil film series, Resident Evil: The Final Chapter. The sixth film in a franchise spawned by the popular video game series puts a cap (so say the filmmakers) on what started in 2002 as the first female-led zombie action/horror film.
Watch the trailer for Resident Evil: The Final Chapter below:
In the trailer Milla Jovovich reprises her role as Alice, this time returning to Raccoon City where the T-virus first erupted and where the evil Umbrella Corporation, led by super computer The Red Queen, claims to have a plan to rid the world of the T-virus and its mutant zombie infected for good. As anyone who's watched the previous films can attest, Alice has no reason to trust The Red Queen (no matter how cute that little British girl may be), but the little bitch knows how to appeal to Alice, with the promise of a good fight back at The Hive, of course.
The official synopsis for the film, which hits theaters January 27, 2017 states
Picking up immediately after the events in Resident Evil: Retribution, Alice (Milla Jovovich) is the only survivor of what was meant to be humanity’s final stand against the undead. Now, she must return to where the nightmare began – The Hive in Raccoon City, where the Umbrella Corporation is gathering its forces for a final strike against the only remaining survivors of the apocalypse.
The Resident Evil franchise, every film written and directed by Paul W.S. Anderson, has consistently been raked by critics, but in addition to being the longest-running franchise based on a video game series, it's also the only video game franchise to earn more with each sequel released. A rare feat and reason aplenty why we're getting a sixth installment of a series no one in particular is asking for, and which seemed to suggest by its earlier installment titles that it had already ended.
Just goes to show the words "Apocalypse," "Extinction," and "Afterlife" aren't quite the final terms we usually know them to be.
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Returning to the series are co-stars Eoin Macken, Ali Larter, Iain Glen, and William Levy, joined by newcomer Ruby Rose. At New York Comic Con, Anderson was asked if we can expect this to be a truly final chapter to the series, to which he responded:
This is the conclusion, we’re bringing it full circle, it’s coming back to where it all began.
For those who love seeing Jovovich kicking ass without a hair out of place (she really does do it quite well), or massive amounts of gun loading and utility vehicle plow-downs, there's no franchise that does it better — not to mention with the promise of decent horror scares thrown into the mix. On the franchise's horror roots in the video games and as a series straddling the action and horror genres Anderson said this of The Final Chapter:
“[The film] alternates between some big kick ass action scenes and also some of the most terrifying things I’ve put on the screen in my career.”
While we certainly get more action than horror from this new trailer, it's obvious Anderson and company aren't holding anything back for the final film. And despite the relatively low quality of story and consistency in the series, there's no denying it presented us with one of the raddest female action badasses ever put to screen.
Catch the film out in January and find more news from the 2016 New York Comic Con on Movie Pilot.
To tide you over until then, check out the most insane moments from the Resident Evil franchise below:
Will you be checking out the latest, and final, chapter of the Resident Evil series or do you think this has gone on too long?