Resident Evil: Retribution (Film Review)

Resident Evil: Retribution is the new instalment in the Science-Fiction/Action film series, Resident Evil.  Written, produced and directed by Paul W.S. Anderson, the film has so far gone on to make over $200,000,000 worldwide – despite various negative critiques from reviewers all around the world.

The film’s protagonist, Alice (Milla Jovovich, Resident Evil, The Fifth Element), is once again fending for her life in a post-apocalyptic, undead world with the help of some old and new faces.  Throughout the course of the film, Alice is trying to escape the sinister Umbrella Company (the creators of a mega-virus that turned the world upside down and creating Alice as an unfortunate but uniquely valuable by-product) who has trapped her in a top-secret base cut off from the world, battling ferocious monsters that Umbrella has set against her.  Among these foes are previous allies turned possessed enemies, Jill Valentine (Sienna Guillory, Resident Evil: Apocalypse) and Rain Ocampo (Michelle Rodriguez, Resident Evil).  With explosive fight scenes and incredible special effects, Resident Evil: Retribution does not disappoint, and fans of the video game will be in their element.  However without knowledge of the game, and previous films in the series, you may be left wondering what all the fuss is about and still searching for a storyline.

Based on the internationally successful and popular video game franchise, Resident Evil: Retribution does not disappoint on this aspect.  With endless action sequences featuring the slaughtering of zombies and genetically mutated creatures, it hits the nail on the head.  Being a fan of the series helps tremendously while watching this film, as having previous knowledge of the Resident Evil world contributes to the fun that is portrayed while watching.  However, looking at this film from a narrative point of view, you may be in for a sour treat.  For those of you who look for a gripping storyline and an emotional response towards the featured characters, I advise you to look elsewhere.  The Resident Evil film series have been notoriously critiqued negatively due to its loose and vague storyline and its underdeveloped characters – this is quite evident in this particular entry in the franchise.  So far, a mere 29% is given to the film on film review website, Rotten Tomatoes, with negative feedback massively outweighing the positive.

If you are a sucker for video game adaptations that have tremendous amounts of action, with a fair amount of blood and gore while looking for a bit of fun, I myself would definitely recommend this feature.  However, if you watch films that tell a story and have a bit of depth to them, I would advise looking elsewhere as you may be disappointed.

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