Before I review the fifth installment of the Resident Evil franchise, allow me to break down the ridiculousness of the continuation of this movie series. The franchise, based on the video game, started in 2002. The second film is called Resident Evil: Apocalypse. Apocalypse means the end of time. The third movie is called Resident Evil: Extinction. Extinction means the end of a species. The fourth movie is called Resident Evil: Afterlife, because they couldn’t come up with any other words that meant end so they picked the word that meant after the end. So how is this movie series not over? It was the apocalypse, then it was extinct and finally it moved into the afterlife. Needless to say, titles of movies cannot stop Alice.Resident Evil: Retribution, the fifth Resident Evil movie, attempted the same strategy utilized successfully by Fast Five. They brought people back, most notably Michelle Rodriguez. My favorite character they brought back was Luther West from Resident Evil: Afterlife.
I was with the movie in the beginning as it explained the entire series in the first five minutes. It picked up right where the fourth movie ended. I also enjoyed how the opening scene was played in reverse.
After that, Alice is captured and has to escape from the T-virus test facility. At this point, we find out that Umbrella sold the biological weapon to numerous countries and showed the virus’ power in this facility. That guy with the sunglasses that never dies all of a sudden wants to save Alice from this facility.
Alice and Ada spend the movie trying to escape from the facility with the help of Luther, Leon and others. In order to do this, they have to travel through different countries created within the facility. Meanwhile, The Red Queen tries to stop them.
Sounds interesting, but as the movie progressed the plot plummeted and quickly turned into the mindless killing of zombies that we saw in the previous films. Instead of Nazi zombies, they are attacked by communist zombies in Russia. It was at this point when the movie lost me. When the movie got toward the end, it became obvious that this movie series would not end when the credits rolled.
THE BOTTOM LINE: Resident Evil: Retribution attempted to conjure up the same excitement as Fast Five by bringing back the best characters from the previous films, but it ultimately ended up as just another Resident Evil movie with a boring plot and horid acting. The sad part is I still enjoyed it and will go see the next one.
I’ll give Resident Evil: Retribution 1 and a half out of 5 cups.
As of Sept. 30, Resident Evil: Retribution made a domestic total of approximately $38 million versus a production budget $65 million, according to Box Office Mojo.
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