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About the film
Resident Evil: Retribution is the fifth instalment in the Resident Evil series of films which are based on computer games. The film was released at the cinema on 28th September and it has a run time of 96 minutes. Resident Evil: Retribution is rated 15 due to extreme violence and some bad language.
The Umbrella Corporation's deadly T-virus has spread way beyond America now and threatens to wipe out human existence. Roaming the world are millions of the Undead, too many of them for what is left of the human race to kill. The only hope of survival is Alice, an ex-worker for Umbrella and one of their experiments. However, she is trapped in one of Umbrella's operation facilities and has no way out... until Ada Wong and Wesker break her out.
To escape, Alice must travel through various scenarios but each one brings something new and unexpected. Will she be able to beat the Umbrella Corporation once again?
Milla Jovovich as Alice
Sienna Guillory as Jill Valentine
Michelle Rodriguez as Rain Ocampo
Aryana Engineer as Becky
Johann Urb as Leon S. Kennedy
Kevin Durand as Barry Burton
Li Bingbing as Ada Wong
Oded Fehr as Carlos Olivera
Boris Kodjoe as Luther West
Colin Salmon as James "One" Shade
Shawn Roberts as Albert Wesker
Megan Charpentier and Ave Merson-O'Brian (voice) as The Red Queen
What I thought
The Resident Evil (RE) franchise is one of my favourite series of films. I have loved every film released so far and had been looking forward to the newest film for ages. My flatmate who hadn't even seen any of the other films agreed to go with me and see it though.
The film begins from where the fourth film ended. Alice and the gang are on a boat fighting it out but people get captured and things get a bit messy. The opening to the film was spectacular and really eye catching. This part of the film is shown in reverse, in slow motion, which was really interesting. I don't watch many 3D films but this was one I was willing to pay the extra for, which is proven right at the beginning of the film. The 3D here was fantastic. Then, the scenes are sped up and put back into the right order, letting the audience know what is going on.
There is also a recap of the previous four films for anyone who has missed anything or like my flatmate, not seen any of them at all. I like this being done at the beginning of each film because it means that you don't have to have seen everything to be able to enjoy the newest release. From the recap, Kate pretty much understood what was going on. After being brought up to speed on the story, Resident Evil: Retribution really gets going.
Alice has been captured by Umbrella and is being tortured until she speaks... which she obviously doesn't do. This is another part where we get to see Milla Jovovich in a paper hospital gown type thing which seems to be a running theme throughout these films now. However, it isn't long before she is released and realises that she is in a very strange place which looks like Tokyo being overrun by the Undead. I really enjoyed the idea of Alice's holding place, a big Umbrella Corporation playground. Here, different cities and places have their own simulations and they look and feel extremely real, especially with crazy zombie things running around and killing everyone. With the RE films getting more and more futuristic each time, I thought this aspect of the film was a fantastic idea. It was current and different but exciting at the same time.
I completely love Milla Jovovich who has played Alice from the first film. She is a strong and interesting character who seems to be able to develop and adapt to each new situation she is put in. In this film, she is leather clad throughout which makes her look even more kick ass than she has done in the previous films. However, in this film we get to see a softer side to Alice due to certain things that happen. I thought that this was going to be one film just full of action and killing but there is more to it than that. Jovovich always gives an amazing performance and this film is no exception to the rule.
After seeing the trailer for this film, I was aware that characters from past films were being brought back in... even if they had previously died. This was the one part of the film I was desperate to find out about as I knew there was no way that they could just bring people back to live. The way that these characters are brought back is very interesting and not quite what I was expecting. Umbrella is a huge company and can pretty much do what they like... and they have. I loved having Rain back who is played by Michelle Rodriguez. Although I don't always like her as an actress, I do like her in these films and she is fantastic in this one. There are twists with the old characters but really good twists.
The action is exactly what you would expect from a RE film. There are plenty of big fight scenes which are both elaborate and simple at different times. There are normal zombies, evolved zombies and some big ass scary things. There are humans fighting each other and humans fighting the zombies. Really, this film covers everything in regards to action. There are car chases, explosions and lots of running from things. The action and fight scenes are the things that I love the most about RE films as they are always so exciting. Retribution doesn't let down the franchise at all when it comes to this.
The plot was a little simple for my liking, as the film is set in one place the whole time. However, the film does set things up nicely for the next film which will probably be the last with Alice as the main character or the last film completely. I think that the plot was left somewhere really good which gives a lot of room for things to happen in the next film. There is no certainty of what could happen though which I like as it means the next film will be a complete surprise again.
I really enjoyed watching this film and so did my flatmate. I can't wait for the next film but I know there will be a pretty long wait for that now.