Another year, another personal list. These are my favorites, ranked and sorted.
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.
Holy fuck. Not really sure what I was expecting with Resident Evil: Retribution, but if you would've told me before I began this series run-through that Paul W.S. Anderson created a stunning inverse of the Resident Evil franchise, and as a result, a recognition of the artificiality well past the point of mere escapism, I would've laughed in your face. But then again, if watching these films over the past few days has taught me anything, it's that Anderson builds worlds, set-pieces, and images like no one else today. Like a series of freely expanding paintings, his Resident Evil films (1,4, and 5) are the finished result of pure expression; a shot-by-shot playbook of what cinema can be, and…
NOTHING IN THIS SERIES MAKES ANY SENSE!!!!!
BUT I CAN'T STOP STARING AT MILLA JOVOVICH!!
"Where you were was just a detailed recreation, nothing more. It goes on for a few city blocks, that's all..."
The hyper-conceptualist post-modern masterpiece of the 21st & probably Anderson's best movie thus far - after Afterlife's almost wholly formalist work here finally PWSA culminates and progresses an entire body of ideas and politics simmering since Shopping. Like his best work it most closely resembles his favorite director, Fritz Lang, but this is like Lang chopped up, spewed out and reconstituted into something wholly new and immediate for the 21st century. Here is a world where the world itself does not exist - the only thing that can be trusted to be actually physical is a series of grids and corridors…
"It's like a camera. Point and shoot."
I'll keep this short and simple:
"none of this is real"
"... it is to her"
technology eats man…woman inherits the earth. a conceptually & emotionally clear, near-abstract remix of the franchise, and its iconography, as a way of meditating on the power/value of images & artifice -- legit masterwork.
3.0/5.0 = Good
We open with Milla Jovovich underwater, stylishly being pulled out of the open ocean. Soon we notice that this footage is playing in reverse, slowly revealing the incidents that lead to Milla falling off of the shipping container that RESIDENT EVIL: AFTERLIFE concluded on. Here, director Paul W.S Anderson has returned with an ethos. He is done with the linearity of his former films, and is ready to dissect the nature of a video-game adaptation from the inside-out.
Boy howdy, there's a lot to unpack here! Now let it be known that by all accounts, I absolutely loved RESIDENT EVIL: RETRIBUTION. Hell, I even genuinely enjoyed the visual polish of RESIDENT EVIL: AFTERLIFE. The only reason I…
identity as weapon
furthering the trans subtext i discussed in my review of the first one: alice is human, but umbrella (the closest thing to "society" this world has) demands she eschew the essence of her identity over and over. they want her to be a weapon, to fill an assigned role, to carry out a persona that has been grafted on to her. society plays her like a character in a video game and she wrestles to break free of their narrative dominance.
alao feels like it rejects the notion of gender as wholly performative act, a reductive idea i have increasing difficulty swallowing. "none of this is real," the world, the game of the narrative, it's all artificial.…
This one kinda has heart. I think it is the best RE film but that's not saying much. It still has a ton of plot holes, retcons, and really bad acting. The way they suddenly incorporate random characters from the game was also really bad and felt unnatural.
Going against the Corp... game over yet..?!
Took a dip from the last one. Felt very much like a video game complete with levels. The first half was a bit lame and the last bit was okay, the middle was where the best scenes were. Still a fun series overall. Now that I've been through them my order is 3, 4, 5, 2, 1.
Ojo que esta película no es ninguna broma, increíblemente infravalorada por la crítica en general, ¿en serio eres un hater que no le ha gustado la saga de películas antes y entra a ver la quinta secuela? que tristeza... Paul W. S Anderson se ha superado con esta entrega, puede que la mejor de las cinco, ha realizado un juego cinematográfico increíblemente divertido lleno de guiños y personajes de la franquicia de videojuegos que todos conocemos. Esperando The Final Chapter.
This film actually brought in the Uroboros virus from the 5th game. This is why this was my favorite Resident Evil movie to date.
...a hypnotic, sensational and visually simulating sequel. It's not a good film but it was filled with awe. Reading between all the cheesiness and its oblivious misfires, I found its emotional core: the continuous determination to be a better film than its lackluster predecessors.
I watched all of these films on my vacation. Because I make smart life decisions.
My canon. In (approximate) order of favorite films, not necessarily of best action sequences.
Trying to keep a relatively open…
Everyone else is doing it. No order because that's tricky.