Sunday, January 29, 2017

Movie Review: Resident Evil: Retribution

Alice (Milla Jovovich) and the Umbrella corporation are back at it in the fifth installment to the Resident Evil franchise. After the helicopter assault the Arcadia ship led by Jill Valentine (Sienna Guillory), Umbrella captures Alice and puts her through torture and experimentation. Alice discovers that she is in a test facility with multiple big city locations including Tokyo, New York, and Moscow. A war has sparked between Albert Wesker (Shawn Roberts) and the rogue artificial intelligence known as the Red Queen. Wesker sends an extraction team to the Umbrella facility to help Alice escape but the Red Queen uses Jill Valentine, more clones, and zombie mutants to try and stop them.

During the experimentation, Umbrella convinces Alice that she has a daughter, Becky (Aryana Engineer). The extraction team has a familiar face with Luther West (Boris Kodjoe) and also includes Barry Burton (Kevin Durand) and Leon (Johann Urb). The clones are of familiar faces from previous films including Rain (Michelle Rodriguez), One (Colin Salmon), and Carlos (Oded Fehr). The movie also brings back monsters from previous films including the ax-toting giant and the crawling creatures from the first film. Alice also teams up with another super soldier Ada Wong (Bingbing Li) to take on the Red Queen's zombie and clone army.

Retribution is a culmination of all the previous films with unlimited destruction because the test facilities reboot after every disaster as they were used to show what the T-Virus could do to governments. The special effects have improved tremendously from when the creatures were first revealed and even the zombies move faster with more violence. It's easy to see how this film series could have reached a point of outrageousness, but Paul W.S. Anderson still attempts to write and direct a comprehensive story despite the raising of stakes and increased chaos. 

The battle rages through each mock city as Alice and the crew ascend to the surface of the underwater complex somewhere beneath a frozen tundra shipyard. For the final boss of this fifth movie, Alice has to take on an enhance Jill Valentine as the Red Queen's surrogate while the remaining members of the crew take on a super-parasite infected Rain. 

The film winds up in Washington D.C. where Wesker has set up a final fortress at the White House to set up the final chapter with an all out zombie mutant war. Retribution is definitely one of the more fun films of the batch with its over the top use of mutants. There is not as much zombie gore but plenty of action to satisfy fans of the franchise that have stuck with it for this long. I look forward to seeing how the final battle all plays out in theaters. 

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