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Resident Evil: Retribution
The Ultimate Battle Begins
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, Alice, 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 new found allies and familiar friends, Alice must fight to survive long enough to escape a hostile world on the brink of oblivion. The countdown has begun.
NOTHING IN THIS SERIES MAKES ANY SENSE!!!!!
BUT I CAN'T STOP STARING AT MILLA JOVOVICH!!
I'll keep this short and simple:
Genre becomes, with RETRIBUTION, the subject of the RESIDENT EVIL narrative: in other words, it's Anderson's Naruse movie. As in HOLY MOTORS, cartoon characters gallivant from one extravagant digital set-piece to another freely swapping their affective, generic narrative roles around like currency. In both movies' worlds, what we typically conceive of as our identity is really just a costume change away.
Part of The December Project: Film #22
I... I can't believe it. Paul W.S. Anderson has managed to do it. I can't tell if he came across it by directing without giving any fucks, or through assured and intentional incompetent direction (in which case it's competent), but he's finally managed to make the first true video game movie.
Resident Evil: Retribution is the first film in the five film franchise that has actually managed to replicate a video game in cinematic format. This is now part of my greatest argument for why video game movies can never work.
The film has a style that directly replicates the aesthetics and design of a video game. You have the opening credits played…
When you make an ambitious film and the past has proven that you do not have the ability to handle it, chaos ensues. This is the third time that Paul Wasted Sperm Anderson sits in the directorial chair and the second time he fails big time in an unforgivable way, but this was the worst.
Aiming at a thousand directions, it suddenly lost its course and forgot that the entire premise is an apocalyptic biological virus spread. So we have:
- An attempt of Paul to copy Zack Snyder's suburban opening zombie disaster, just to remember the old days *sigh...*
- Stupid melodrama. I love kids, even if they are normally annoying in films featuring adult themes, but I just…
Inexplicably popular, nonsensical and shoddily made - much like the film’s central protagonist the Resident Evil franchise refuses to die. They abandoned logic a long time ago but Retribution borders on becoming a Dadaist action movie at times. Previously dead characters are brought back to life (and not as zombies) whilst the film, fully embracing its video game origins, becomes little more than a pointless procession of themed levels that our heroes must try and negotiate.
Miraculously this latest instalment might well be the best in the series since the original movie. Not that this actually means a lot seeing as the others have been a complete and utter waste of celluloid and time but there is a daft exuberance…
If style is substance, as I often maintain, this is a substantive film. I liked the first half especially. I didn't really understand what was going on a lot of the time, but in this case I think that was a good thing. There was a little too much action in the second half for my taste.
I was convinced throughout most of the movie that the lead actress was Megan Draper. Even if I may have turned out to be wrong, I still think I'm right.
Billy Wilder couldn't have mustered up a screenplay good enough to salvage the incoherent nature of this franchise. What exactly was the point of bringing back these "popular" characters when no one gave two shits about them in the first place?
Like Fast 5 in the way it brings together elements and characters from the 4 previous movies. Unlike Fast 5 in that it doesn't redeem those movies in any way and is not very good. Still, the best of the bunch, featuring motorcycle riding shotgun wielding Soviet zombies...man this series never really bothered to establish any consistent world-building rules, did it?
I FREAKING LOVE THESE MOVIES!!!
Watched in 2D, but can imagine this is one that is probably slightly better in 3D.
I don't give a shit. I loved it. It really felt like a mindless videogame, I even thought to myself at one point "isn't that thing going to respawn?"
This series of (so far) five movies have provided me with more entertainment than I could have asked for. In my mind, it never gets better or worse, it just kinda "does its thing" if that makes any sense at all. Retribution is, of course, fucking ridiculous, and I can totally see why one would call it a piece of shit and move on. Maybe it's because I watched these films back to back, or maybe it's because it's late at night. No, I'm done defending myself, I'm proud to call…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
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