The Umbrella Corporation’s deadly T-virus continues to ravage the Earth, transforming the global population into legions of the flesh eating Undead. The human race’s last and only hope, Alice, awakens in the heart of Umbrella’s most clandestine operations facility and unveils more of her mysterious past as she delves further into the complex.
Film informationGenre: Action, Horror
‘Resident Evil: Retribution’ is the fifth installment and Milla Jovovich is back to reprise her role as Alice. In fact, many of the former stars are back as the story opens itself up to cloning and other such things. When you have movies that have grossed over 660 million dollars, you keep on making them until the buying public says stop in would seem. No other video game film franchise has made more money. Can you really blame director Paul W.S. Anderson? He has written all five movies and is married to Jovovich, so why would he want to stop?
It took little time for the critics to start bashing this movie, as they do with every Resident Evil movie. The simple fact is, these movies are not made for everyone. They are made for horror fans and fans of the video games. If you are neither of those things, you should not be allowed to review them. (End of soapbox rant)
With that said, ‘Resident Evil: Retribution’ is a solid entry into the series. It picks up exactly where Afterlife left off, with Jovovich fighting off the evil minions of the Umbrella Corp. Alice rewinds us through narration and makes things easier to understand for Resident Evil newbies. The movie stands alone well if you have not seen others in the series, but it certainly helps if you have.
Alice is attacked via imagination as a housewife by zombies and when she wakes up, she is captive. The Umbrella Corp. was the cause of the horrible virus that escaped and infected man and beast alike. They got lazy with a bio-weapon that found its way into the mainstream. Jovovich is immune and actually is strengthened by the virus. She uses that power to fight off the zombies and the corporation that spawned them.
As usual, Alice is tasked with trying to escape and to do so, she must get through certain levels. This is where the game playing crowd comes in. These movies play into the games and vice versa. This is part of what gives them their charm and popularity. It is hard to understand that if you don’t play the games.
Interestingly, this movie is one of the better ones as far as action. The gore quotient is high, but you get the feeling they picked their spots a little better than in previous films. Alice is as hot as ever and still looks like the ultimate woman in her black spandex. It seems she never ages and at least part of that is due to her extreme level of fitness. Her scenes are poetry in motion and excellent action scenes. Certainly some are enhanced, but the fact remains the girl knows how to do action.
Although the world of Resident Evil may not change very much from film to film, the fact is it is not really supposed to. The games are fun the way they are and a large number of gamers will go to the movies if they are made. With that said, they are definitely movies that are made with a specific purpose. As a gamer, ‘Resident Evil: Retribution’ rates at or near the top of my movie watching week. As a horror fan it is certainly worth a watch. As a general movie goer, I would not advise that you waste your time.
While another Resident Evil is a virtual certainty, I will still be there and looking forward to it. Just watching the action scenes are enough to make me buy a ticket and that beautiful Mila does not hurt either.
Bring on Resident Evil 6…we will be waiting.