By this point, after four previous films in the franchise, one knows exactly what to expect from Resident Evil: Retribution. But don't underestimate the passion for his video-game-to-big-screen blockbusters that writer-director Paul W.S. Anderson has coupled with his talent for visual mastery that is tailor fit for 3D.
For those who are new to the series, Anderson achieves a brilliant -- but rarely used method -- of having his lead (Milla Jovovich as Alice) explain to the audience what they have missed. Viewers get the background of an evil corporation that developed a T-virus that infected the planet and turned most people into blood-thirsty zombies. Alice and her cohorts have been battling the Umbrella Corporation since the film debuted in 2002, but there is something truly unique about what is teased in this Resident Evil: Retribution TV spot.
From the opening moments of the story where Anderson shows an intense battle scene in reverse and slow motion, then has it go from beginning to end in real time, it’s easy to see this is going to be one stylized film. In fact, even though we’re talking blood spattering and zombie infestation, this is one beautiful-to-look-at mosaic of movie violence.
There are several secrets to the film that we cannot share, as it is not in Movie Fanatic’s nature to spoil anything for fans! But, what is an interesting aspect is how the film has painted itself as global in nature, and it surprisingly feels much more local in scope.
The other aspect that we can reveal without a spoiler is Anderson uses a plot device that allows us to believe that anyone who was ever once part of the Resident Evil world can show up in future installments. It is exactly how we are able to enjoy Michelle Rodriguez’s work in this fifth film after she was “killed” in the first one. Chew on that, fans!
Jovovich was born to be Alice, that much can be discerned from the entire series. But the actress truly comes into her own in the fifth installment. She plays Alice, but also different versions of Alice -- sure to delight the passionate fan base. Jovovich not only is effective as a butt-kicking action star, but plays vulnerability with style and panache.
In our Milla Jovovich exclusive interview, she let it be known that this film may be the last. Don’t count on it. With the plot devices her husband-director has utilized in this film, the series could go on for decades if they wanted to.
Sure, our Resident Evil: Retribution review can tell you that this is no film that will be fighting for awards come Oscar season. There are problems with it for sure, but for mindless fun, 3D done right and action sequences that will blow your mind, there is little out there at the movies currently that thrills as much as Resident Evil: Retribution.