Next year Resident Evil: The Final Chapter will hit theaters and finally end a story that began 15 years ago. The video game based franchise has five movies under its belt, and one of the issues for any long-running series is making each entry unique and different for the last. Whether or not Resident Evil has done that up to this point is up for debate, but according to director Paul W.S. Anderson, _Final Chapter _will be unlike all its predecessors.
I think more importantly it's a journey of discovery for Milla's character, Alice. Because when we introduced her in the very first movies, you had a protagonist who had memory loss and that memory has never come back. So you really have a woman who doesn't really know who she is at the center of the franchise and I think that's a question mark that has always been hanging over the franchise. This movie narrative wise is not just a physical return to the beginning, when the movie began, it's kind of a journey for her to discover the truth about herself. The truth about the umbrella corporation and what its real agenda is and the truth about the Red Queen as well.
There's also a giant dragon monster in the film, so that helps too.
Paul W.S. Anderson has directed every single Resident Evil movie, and he sat down with Collider to talk about the series he's been with since its conception. When asked how Final Chapter comes full circle and ties into the first film, Anderson answered that it wasn't just about physically going back to Raccoon City and the Umbrella Corporation, but emotionally going back for Alice (Milla Jovovich). Fans of the series will know that Alice has very little memories of her life before the events of the first film. She hasn't gotten many answers throughout the series, but it looks like Final Chapter will answer lingering questions.
The film won't just answer the questions about Alice's past, but also some of the biggest loose threads in the entire series. What is the Umbrella Corporation and why would they make a virus to wipe out all humanity? What's the deal with the Red Queen, the little girl in the computer? Thankfully, these are questions the movie hopes to answer satisfyingly.
In case you haven't seen it, here's the trailer for Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, in which it makes it very clear that this will be the final movie.
Resident Evil: The Final Chapter is directed by Paul W.S. Anderson and stars Milla Jovovich, Ali Larter, Ruby Rose, Ian Glen and Shawn Roberts. The film is scheduled to release on January 27, 2017.