Resident Evil: Retribution
Time Out says
Dir: Paul W.S. Anderson (2012, 95 min). Cast: Milla Jovovich, Sienna Guillory, Michelle Rodriguez. Opens: Sep 12
You will only like this movie if you’re already a fan of the franchise or game. Such is the function and downfall of sequels; the commitment that you’ve already invested in the last four movies forces you to watch another. Zombies, implanted memories, gore, and an evil corporation is back with a vengeance. A continuation from the last of the series, Alice (Milla Jovovich) wakes up in the underbelly of an Umbrella Corporation lab which leads to more of her puzzling past as she ventures into the world’s metropolises, crossing paths with new and old allies. There’s also a vague cloning subplot that initiates us to the return of Rain (Michelle Rodriguez) as well as the addition of star Li Bing Bing as Ada Wong clad in a wig worth US$7,500.
It’s more or less an entertaining ride, no doubt, but five movies of almost the same structures and production styles really do take a toll on the boredom-o-metre. It is not memorable nor is it a film you can learn anything from, albeit with much improved graphics and stylised action. The acting is much like being attacked by a zombie, once it’s over, you’d wish for another blow to the head to forget the trauma you just experienced. Milla Jovovich and Li Bing Bing should never have spoken in this movie as their best acting is in their faces, not in the dialogue. The only smart moment in the film is that they made a small tribute to ‘Dawn of the Dead’. You’ll know it when you see it.
The best way to go about the film is to treat it like the guilty pleasure that it is. It barely pleases action fans. Lower your expectations, sit back, and witness another impossible episode of Alice’s adventures in Zombieland. If you do not already know, the Resident Evil franchise is birthed from the popular Capcom video game of the same name. Jay Chooi