Resident Evil: The Final Chapter Trailer Analysis
Resident Evil: The Final Chapter Film Details
Director: Paul W.S. Anderson
Writer: Paul W.S. Anderson
Release Date: 27 January 2017 (USA)
Release Format: Cinemas
MPAA Rating: TBA
Genre: Action, Horror, Sci-Fi
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.
It does not take long before Milla Jovovich graces screen time in her portrayal of Alice. This occurs in milliseconds to the opening of the trailer. The “Alice franchise” is a Hollywood concoction. These films barely touch the surface of the Resident Evil (aka Biohazard) video game mythos. Of course, being the wife of the franchise writer and occasional director has its perks. Case in point, a recurring lead role.
0:00-0:05 Resident Evil: The Final Chapter opens with a climatic fight scene on top of a moving train. Some close ups of Krav Magra hand to hand combat. A gravity defying maneuver is performed. The sequence closes with the superimposed film title. The editors did good work in highlighting action-oriented footage for this marketing treat.
0:07-0:31 – Fade in; product placement is in full effect with the following scene. Is this the zombie apocalypse or enticement to buy this motorcycle? Touchscreen engine activation! Is that an optional feature? Twenty-six seconds are focused on someone riding a motorcycle. Guns n’ Roses’ “Paradise City” serves as the soundtrack to this commercial spot for BMW… Is this not the trailer for Resident Evil: The Final Chapter. Where are the zombies? Any hint of a plot?
0:34-0:40 From an overpass, two zombies dangle from a hangman’s noose. The viewer is now reminded of the theme to this trailer. The highway sign reads; Racoon City. This is the fictitious metropolis from the Resident Evil mythos. The camera pans upwards to reveal apocalyptic ground zero. Dark clouds hover above the ruins of a once grand city.
0:41-0:55 Let’s just forget about the zombies. The slate of extra characters, perhaps a hint of something called a plot are absent. How about some more footage of that awesome motorcycle? Nice. Insert some screen time from Alice. Her smile is a seal of approval, she is selling this product.
Look at the way that vehicle handles the rough terrain. The first minute of the trailer ends. The one-woman-army Alice stands on a hilltop, looks over the dilapidated remains of the city. Provided is a wide overhead view of the destruction. The screen cuts away.
1:00-1:13 Alice is inside the ruins of some type of facility. Here Milla Jovovich interacts with the Red Queen. The role is portrayed by Jovovich’s and Anderson’s eight-year-old daughter, Ever.
Jovovich’s real-life daughter will take on a key role in the zombie series’ conclusion
A key role, of course, why not. It is at this point the viewer gets a sense of the plot. Finally. The sinister holographic supercomputer states the following:
Humanity will cease to exist. Unless you return to the Hive….
Wait? Six films over the course of several years had Alice traveling all over the world. Is the Red Queen telling us all Alice had to do to stop The Umbrella Corporation was to return to The Hive?
Did the set designers have a theme going on with hanging zombies as festive ornaments? For dramatics, inserted here is a brief clip of a fight scene between Alice and a CGI monster. A horrible rendering of anything monstrous and frightening. The segment serves to keep the viewer entertained.
1:14-1:17 This is the first glimpse of the supporting cast. The film franchise always revolved around Jovovich’s character. It is no surprise to see the supporting cast portrayed as background characters. In fact, the astute viewer will notice each character is placed behind Alice. Strategic. The scene cuts to a throng of CGI zombies descending with rapid stride. CGI zombies did not work in Marc Forster’s 2013 zombie scenario. Why should it work here?
1:18-2:22 A nonsensical exchange of dialogue cues a montage of action sequences. Of course, an action-oriented film is not complete without the British villain, how cliché.
Resident Evil: The Final Chapter will release on the 27th of January 2016. Movie studios reserve the first month of the year as a dumping ground. January is the month for films with a lack of box office value. It would make sense to reserve a film of this caliber for the Memorial weekend or as a summer blockbuster. Yet, Sony Pictures Entertainment doesn’t see it that way. Then why should the general public?
The first part of the Resident Evil film franchise released in 2002. Although different conceptual wise, the film offered a decent video game to movie adaptation. Yet, over the course of six films, audiences were subject to a one-woman showcase.
The Resident Evil video game is rich with its storyline. Intricate plots center on every hero and villain. it is unfortunate how the added characters in the films had no focus. Their only purpose, to get Alice from point A to point B. If they perished along the way it wouldn’t matter. The film was never about them.
Milla Jovovich stated the following during a Facebook chat;
“When I first did Resident Evil, I was just a big fan of the game… I always wanted to play a video game character…”
The statement is a contradiction. Alice was never a part of the video game franchise. In contrast, characters in the video game never had the spotlight in Anderson’s vision. To make such a statement displays the obliviousness to the source material.
The current state of the Resident Evil video game franchise offers action-packed instant gratification. Thus, the film follows suit. Is this the last chapter to the film franchise? Not likely. If it is, good riddance. Hollywood has a great track record in milking a product. A close film adaptation (without the Anderson/Jovovich influence) would be the following: