Praise be, yet another damn video game adaptation! As much as the latest Resident Evil film, sub-titled The Final Chapter, touts itself as the last installment in the frankly unbearable series of zombie films, which was argued as B-movie art in its last volume by some rather desperate critics, there’ll always be room for another chapter, whether in reboot, reimagining, retooling, or whatever you’d like to call it. Like it or not, the latest Resident Evil film is currently in production, with Milla Jovovich leading a cast that includes Iain Glen, Shawn Roberts, Orange is the New Black breakout Ruby Rose, Eoin Macken, William Levy, Fraser James, and Rola, a Japanese model and television personality.
One might hope that one final hurrah for the franchise would mean that the makers of the franchise would get a bit more ambitious and play it to the hilt, but underneath all the clever futuristic gizmos, creature designs, and inept dialogue, the Resident Evil films are, first and foremost, safe. The chances of Resident Evil: The Final Chapter suddenly being the one that breaks out from its dull, exhaustively formulaic predecessors is not exactly likely, but, hey, who knows? Production did just start, after all.
Here’s the official synopsis for Resident Evil: The Final Chapter:
Picking up immediately after the events in Resident Evil: Retribution, humanity is on its last legs after Alice is betrayed by Wesker 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 losing her superhuman abilities 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.