Designed to cure his young daughter Alicia’s Progeria, an incurable, progressive and fatal malady, Professor James Marcus makes a breakthrough by discovering the T-Virus, however, the miraculous remedy with the unforeseen side-effects, in reality, it was not the cure humanity was led to believe. Instead, this scourge that devours the flesh spitting out undead hellish abominations, spread across the world within days, bringing humankind to its knees and the last remaining human outposts facing impending extermination within hours.
Under those circumstances, Alice must race the clock and break back into the ruined Umbrella Corporation Headquarters in Racoon City to retrieve the last vial of an airborne anti-virus to save the remaining persisting human survivors that are still uninfected. But the Hive, the underground stronghold, is deep, still riddled with the hordes of the ravenous animated dead, while at the same time, Alice’s arch-nemesis, Dr Alexander Isaacs has a plan for immortality of his own. Is there any hope left for humanity?
Resident Evil: The Final Chapter is a 2016 American-Canadian-French-German science fiction action horror film written and directed by Paul W. S. Anderson. It is the sequel to Resident Evil: Retribution (2012) and the sixth and final installment in the Resident Evil film series, which is loosely based on the Capcom survival horror video game series Resident Evil. The film stars Milla Jovovich, Ali Larter, Shawn Roberts, Ruby Rose, Eoin Macken, William Levy, and Iain Glen. In the film, Alice and her friends are betrayed by Albert Wesker, who gathers the entire forces of Umbrella into one final strike against the apocalypse survivors.
Resident Evil: The Final Chapter grossed $26.8 million in the United States and Canada and $285.4 million in other territories for a worldwide total of $312.2 million, against a production budget of $40 million. In North America, the film was released alongside A Dog’s Purpose and Gold, and was projected to gross around $13 million from 3,050 theaters in its opening weekend. It made $1 million from Thursday night previews and $5.1 million on its first day. It ended up opening to $13.9 million, the lowest debut of the franchise, and finished 4th at the box office.
Principal photography on the film began on September 18, 2015, in Cape Town / Hartbeespoort Dam, South Africa. During filming, Jovovich’s stunt double, British stuntwoman Olivia Jackson, was severely injured when her motorcycle collided with a camera crane, leaving her in a medically-induced coma for two weeks. She had been riding at high speed without a helmet, leading to the accident ripping off half her face, and crushing her facial bones.
Among Jackson’s injuries were cerebral trauma, a crushed face, a severed artery in her neck, a paralyzed arm, several broken ribs, a shattered scapula, a broken clavicle, torn fingers with a thumb that needed to be amputated, and five nerves torn out of her spinal cord. The camera crane had malfunctioned and failed to move out of the way. Jackson announced in December 2015 that her paralyzed left arm will need to be amputated. Her arm was amputated above the elbow.
A second accident occurred during filming on December 3 when crew member Ricardo Cornelius was crushed to death by one of the film’s props, a U.S. Army-issue Hummer, while on set. The Hummer was placed on a rotating platform, and fell off, crushing Cornelius, who was assisting with the scene, against a wall. He later died in hospital.
Filming ended on December 9, 2015. According to Paul W. S. Anderson, the director, Resident Evil: The Final Chapter was fully shot with 2D cameras and post-converted to 3D by the company: Legend 3D. It’s the first time that a movie from the Resident Evil saga has a 3D post-conversion, since the last two installments were shot in 3D.
About the Story
Dr. James Marcus, the original founder of the Umbrella Corporation, had a daughter who was dying of premature aging. Desperate to save her, Marcus discovered the T-virus. Unfortunately, the virus had the side effect of sudden and uncontrollable mutation; in Cape Town, South Africa, a boy dies in a cable car ascending to Table Mountain, then suddenly reanimates and kills the other passengers. Marcus tried to have the program shut down, despite protests from his colleague Dr. Alexander Isaacs (Iain Glen) to continue to use it. When he refused, Isaacs ordered Albert Wesker to kill Marcus. The Red Queen is then created using childhood images of Marcus’ daughter.
Some time after the events of the previous film, Alice awakens in the now-ruined White House, after being betrayed once again by Wesker. While she is searching for survivors, the Red Queen appears and tells Alice she must return to the Hive, over 400 miles west on I-64 in Raccoon City, within 48 hours. The Umbrella Corporation has developed an airborne antivirus, which can kill every organism infected by the T-virus (which may or may not include Alice), and is just waiting for the remaining 4,472 (and falling) humans, spread across the 510-million-square-kilometer surface of the Earth, to be wiped out. When asked why she is betraying her creators, the Red Queen says that she will explain once Alice arrives at the Hive.
On her way to Raccoon City, Alice is captured by Isaacs, learning the one she previously killed was just a clone, but she escapes his convoy. Alice later arrives in Raccoon City and is captured by a group of survivors, consisting of Doc, Abigail, Christian, Cobalt, Razor, and Claire Redfield, who survived the attack on Arcadia. With Isaacs’ convoy approaching, trailed by a horde of zombies, the group prepares for their last stand. They defeat the convoy, retrieve Isaacs’ few human captives and burn the horde—though Cobalt is killed. The group soon realize that two more undead hordes are en route. With no defenses left, Alice and crew head for the Hive entrance, located at the bottom of the crater from the nuclear bomb dropped on the city. Wesker, having taken control of the Hive, releases mutated guard dogs, killing Christian and a freed captive.
Inside the Hive, the Red Queen appears to Alice and explains her reason for betraying Umbrella. She reveals that a video was uploaded to her program which contained the recording of Isaacs explaining to Umbrella’s executives the plan to release the T-virus, cleansing the world of man-made catastrophes while saving the rich and powerful with cryogenic capsules hidden in the Hive, and later rebuild the world in their image. The Red Queen program is in conflict, as she is to never hurt an Umbrella employee but also must value (remaining) human life, which is why she enlists Alice’s help in order to stop Isaacs. The Red Queen also warns Alice that someone in her group is a spy for Umbrella.
Navigating the Hive, the group encounter several traps, resulting in the deaths of Abigail and Razor. Alice and Doc plant bombs throughout the Hive taken from the leftover equipment of the original team to investigate the Hive. Alice confronts the real (tech-upgraded) Isaacs, but she is captured by Doc, Umbrella’s spy, while Claire is captured by Wesker. A cryogenic capsule opens, releasing Alicia Marcus, Umbrella’s co-leader and Marcus’ daughter; Alice is revealed to be a clone of Alicia. Isaacs plans to eliminate Alicia and gain full control of Umbrella, but Alicia terminates Wesker’s employment with Umbrella, allowing the Red Queen to crush his legs with a security door. Alice gives Wesker the deadman’s switch to the bombs she planted. Doc tries to shoot Alice, but his gun is empty—Alice had deduced his treachery—and he is killed by Claire.
Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (2017)
Directed by: Paul W.S. Anderson
Starring: Ruby Rose, Milla Jovovich, Ali Larter, William Levy, Iain Glen, Shawn Roberts, Rola, Siobhan Hodgson, Joon-Gi Lee, Vian Singleton, William Levy, Raquel Gecelter, Aubrey Shelton
Screenplay by: Paul W.S. Anderson
Production Design by: Edward Thomas
Cinematography by: Glen MacPherson
Film Editing by: Doobie White
Costume Design by: Reza Levy
Set Decoration by: Anneke Botha, Axel Hoebel
Art Direction by: Maria Labuschagne, Guy Potgieter, Lisa Van Velden
Music by: Paul Haslinger
R for sequences of violence throughout.
Distributed by: Sony ScreenGems
Release Date: January 27, 2017