Resident Evil: Retribution, Lots & Lots of Gunfire and No Real Story

by on December 25, 2012

in Entertainment, movie reviews

This is a movie review of Resident Evil: Retribution, and I had to write this up, not because I wanted to, but because I had to.

Milla Jovovich in Resident Evil Retribution, a movie review

The world is in the middle of this huge zombie plague apocalypse, and apparently the Umbrella Corporation continued to sell the T-virus to different countries. They even have a huge training facility under the ice somewhere far, far away from me.

If you like

  • More gun play than dialog,
  • Every old monster from the RE franchise,
  • Some seriously bad acting from Sienna Guillory,
  • Lots of spandex or leather on your women,
  • Women in combat (really) high-heeled boots,
  • Lots of arm muscle on your men,
  • Lots of story that seems to make no sense,
  • And characters back from the dead and playing both good and bad versions of themselves,

Then this movie is for you! Have at!

In it, Sienna Guillory, Michelle Rodriguez, Boris Kodjoe, Oded Fehr, Colin Salmon & Shawn Roberts all reprise their roles from the previous movies. Kevin Durand, a favorite character actor of mine joined the cast, but was fairly wasted in the movie.

I rented Resident Evil: Retribution because up until now, I’ve been a fan of the franchise. For me, it’s been nothing but a fun sort of popcorn franchise that I did not mind following along with.

Oded Fehr, Sienna Guillory and Bingbing Li in Resident Evil Retribution, movie review

But this time, writer/creator/producer and husband of Milla Jovovich, Paul W.S. Anderson pretty much seemed to jump the shark with the story. It picks up exactly at the end of the previous movie and that was the best part. It goes from there in an all-out, non-stop action fest where no real new story elements were introduced whatsoever.

I also don’t know how Sienna Guillory either became such a terrible actress or took up a terrible role.

With an estimated $65M budget, they only mustered up $21M domestically, but made $218M worldwide. My only explanation for that one is how much more overseas movie tickets cost. (IE, $21 movie tickets in Japan)

How Resident Evil: Retribution actually scored a 5.3 on IMDb, I’m not sure! It got a 31% on Rotten Tomatoes and I agree more with that score. That’s usually a rarity with me concurring with an RT score!

But seriously, how do I really feel? It was bad enough that the cheap 3D angle shots weren’t even an issue. Be warned! That’s how I feel.

If you’ve enjoyed the franchise up until now, you may find yourself pretty disappointed. And yes, they ended like they did the previous movie… with lots of evil flying in at the… well, I guess I’ll stick to my non-spoiler mode and not give it up. No reason to change now. But wow, the only reason I watched the entire film was because I paid a rental fee to watch it and I was committed to finishing it out.

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Bruce Simmons December 26, 2012 at 11:01 pm

I think it’s the “scatter-bomb” effect of marketing… drop enough ordinance, something’s bound to hit and all you need is that one hit to make up for the other hundreds of other “bombs” made!

Peter Cawdron December 26, 2012 at 8:27 pm

I’ll never understand how Hollywood can spend millions of dollars on a film and not get a decent script to match? It just seems like a no-brainer.

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