Resident Evil Retribution DVD Review

Herner Klenthur

Resident Evil Retribution is now on DVD and like all of you I had to decide if it was worth me buying on DVD or not. I have a horror site to fund out of my own pocket and buying and even renting DVD’s can come down to a tight budget especially during the holidays.

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.

2.5 / 5 stars     


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      1. 1Max_Wedge1 December 25, 2012 at 3:52 am

        I agree with your entire article. I thought it played out like a video game and it was not good. They should have skipped this movie and made the next one.

        • Herner Klenthur December 27, 2012 at 4:34 pm

          good point on playing out like a video game

      2. Bob B December 27, 2012 at 12:43 pm

        I’m a fan of the games and thought the movie before this one was the best (heavily influenced be RE5). Waiting for Netflix to send out this one. Target audience seems to be gamers (which is good for me).
        The first movie was good, but had very very very little to do with the games. I hated it at 1st, but it’s starting to grow on me

        • Herner Klenthur December 27, 2012 at 4:35 pm

          Thanks for sharing Bob I wondered if this appealed more to gamers. I know that people had alot to say about the first film not following the games. Since I never played the games I went in virgin so to speak and loved the first one. The rest have been meh and I felt this last one did nothing to introduce the game characters to people like me making it boring and mundane.

      3. ex-sell69 January 17, 2013 at 9:41 am

        Even if you can find something to like about Resident Evil: Afterlife (Hey! I can see Weskers parachute, he’s okay… Wait, how does a parachute survive that kind of explosion?), Retribution is a all new low for the franchise.
        Wesker is now good (I guess he found out he could just ingest an Alice clone), and now Leon and Barry work for him (*facepalm*)… And Jill is evil because of the broach on her chest… Wait, why didn’t they just do that to Alice as well?
        No, instead The Red Queen (remember her) just tells Alice, not to listen to the traitor Wesker (and if that doesn’t work, try “please, with sugar on top”). Just to have the movie end with a lame fight (Jill vs Alice), and with Rains “death” (because this movie makes that word a joke) being so Looney Tunes all shes missing is a “yikes!” sign, and to wave bye to the camera as she is dragged by zombies in a hole in the ice.
        Even the fight with The Executnerer (two of them now) couldn’t save this flop. Heck, the movie has the same ending as Afterlife, just with different characters (what happened to K-mart the savings place, or Chris and Claire Redfield?)
        So for making this movie, I give Paul “Mister” Anderson, a boot to the head! And one to his wife Milla Jovovich (Alice) for staring in it!

        • chris brink February 20, 2013 at 7:12 am

          WaOk for starters if you have not played all of the resident evil games do not try to connect the games to the Movies it will just confuse you. Second since i have played all the games…and beat them why would any want it to be like game…every gamer would be dissapointed …since no one has the same two perceptions .. I truely love how they gave it a twist of its own!!!! Made of key people…. every movie thats didnt keep its main role players….is a flop…..so keep it up….resident evil….you so rock!!!!! Keep me guessing!!!!! Thats is why people go to see movies and play video games… people who dont play should not Judge….this movie at all…..so quit your whineing and play….so you understand its….the rush of not knowing whats round the next corner….