For nearly a decade and a half, model-turned-action star Milla Jovovich has been slaughtering zombies and fighting the Umbrella Corporation as Alice in the Resident Evil movies. That series is coming to an end with the sixth and final entry in the big screen video game franchise as Resident Evil: The Final Chapter is heading to theaters in January. Now, we know a lot more about what to expect, as the first trailer for the movie has just been released.
As promised, the trailer for Resident Evil: The Final Chapter dropped today, and it looks very much like what we have come to expect from the series. Jovovich teased the release of the trailer last week via her Twitter account, where she also released a very brief clip from the trailer. In the clip, Alice says she is going to "kill every last one of them," and by the looks of the trailer, she is going to do her very best to deliver on the promise.
Resident Evil: The Final Chapter follows Alice Abernathy (Milla Jovovich) as she continues to wage her battle against The Umbrella Corporation's hostile AI system, The Red Queen (Megan Charpentier). She is doing so with the help of her partners Jill Valentine (Sienna Guillory), Leon Scott Kennedy (Johann Urb), Ada Wong (Li Bingbing), and her daughter Becky (Aryanna Engineer). She is also keeping up her uneasy alliance with the former head of Umbrella, Albert Wesker (Shawn Roberts). Along the way, they will reconnect with former comrades Chris Redfield (Wentworth Miller), Claire Redfield (Ali Larter), and Kmart (Spencer Locke). Their battle will lead them back to where it all started, in the dark mansion built by Umbrella founder Lord Ozwell E. Spencer and the deep underground research and development center known as The Hive, where The Red Queen plots total destruction over the human race.
Resident Evil started out as a critically lauded and beloved video game series, and was adapted for the big screen in 2002. The movies have diverged substantially from the plot of the games, but have retained certain important elements, such as The Umbrella Corporation and zombies. Not only that, but as far as movie adaptations of video games go, the Resident Evil franchise is by many metrics, the most successful of all-time. They fit the bill of not being loved by critics, but they have fared well at the box office, having grossed $915 million worldwide. Also, no other video game movie franchise has even come close to getting six major studio movies made. The series has been a staple, but it is nearly time for fans to say goodbye.
The movie will be coming up against Warner Bros.' comedy Bastards, which stars Owen Wilson, Universal's comedy A Dog's Purpose starring Dennis Quaid and Britt Robertson and EuropaCorp's thriller The Lake starring Sullivan Stapleton. So in terms of direct competition, Resident Evil should be wide open for a good opening weekend. However, the movie will be opening a week before XXX: The Return of Xander Cage, and the nationwide expansion of The Founder, which stars Michael Keaton who is on a serious hot streak. Be sure to watch the first trailer for the movie below courtesy of Sony Pictures. Resident Evil 6 is set to hit theaters on January 27, 2017.