I am a massive fan of the first Resident Evil movie and consider it one of the best zombie movies of all time and this is the reason I chose to rent Resident Evil Retribution. The Resident Evil movie series has been on a horrible downward slide for years but despite this I took a gamble and watched it on DVD and am now here to report with my findings.
In Resident Evil Retribution 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 is still, ALICE (played by MillaJovovich) who 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.
Without a safe haven, Alice continues to hunt those responsible for the outbreak; a chase that takes her from Tokyo to New York, Washington, D.C. and Moscow, culminating in a mind-blowing revelation that will force her to rethink everything that she once thought to be true. Aided by newfound allies and familiar friends, Alice must fight to survive long enough to escape a hostile world on the brink of oblivion.
Alot of this should sound very familiar since Alice has been ‘the last hope’ since the second film and has continued to go through the same paces movie after movie with a few twists and turns along the way. Sadly Resident Evil Retribution is more of the same old same old as we see old characters return and new characters from the hit video game get introduced. Jill Valentine, Ada Wong and Leon S Kennedy are all prominent in this film which may please video game fans but for people like me who never played the games I spent most of the time wondering who they are, why they are there and why some have the same powers as Alice. Zero effort is given to explain these critical characters from the video game to people who never played them.
Resident Evil Retribution is a visually impressive movie with over the top special effects and reasonably well thought out fight sequences but unfortunately it also has some of the worst acting in the entire series. Jill Valentine is as wooden as they come with her cryptic one liners and ackward combat sequences. Leon S Kennedy and Ada Wong fare not much better.
Resident Evil Retribution is the kitchen sink of the franchise bringing back all the key characters from the earlier films, introducing new characters you cant connect with, throwing in splashy FX and yes… lots of 3D. Frankly and sadly the movies best moments are the last 5 minutes which setup the next Resident Evil movie which at the very least shouldnt be any worse then this one.
I wish I could say I enjoyed this movie but the best I can say is if you liked the other films you will be able to sit through this one but it is far from a buy.