Sunday, September 23, 2012

Resident Evil: Retribution (2012 3D)


Synopsis taken from IMDb
The Umbrella Corporation's deadly T-Virus continues to ravage 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.  

This was the movie I was looking forward to most in September, and I got to see it last night in 3D. I usually don't make it a habit to see movies in 3D, but I thought this would be one worth seeing because it's bad ass action literally in your face. This is the first Resident Evil movie I've seen in theaters, but I've been a fan of the movies since the first one hit DVD, I got it as a birthday present.

Now, I know these movies get alot of flack because they don't follow the game and yadda yadda yadda. Truth is, I was never a big gamer. I played video games here and there and still do, but I never followed a game the way real gamers follow them. So to me, I could give a damn if the movies are following the games or not, as long as their entertaining. I played the first RE game as well as part 4, and they were good, but I didn't get into it enough to hate the movies.

This movie has a awesome beginning; everything happens in reverse during the credits and it's the aftermath of what went down in the ending of the last film, Afterlife. Explosions, bodies and bullets everywhere, I loved this opening.

This movie has a scene in it in the beginning that reminds me strongly of 2004's Dawn of the Dead remake, where they wake up in the best of spirits only to find the world outside has gone to hell. Wreckage and death everywhere. Not to mention the zombie infestation. I like the scene in Dawn of the Dead better, but this one was still well done. There were quite a few jumps in this scene as well.

As you've seen in the trailer they've brought back some familiar faces such as Jill Valentine, Rain, Luther West and Carlos. But they've also brought in some new characters such as Ada Wong and Leon. Johann Urb looks just like Leon, they did a great job on his appearance.

One thing you should know is that this movie was made for 3D. It's not like The Avengers, where it's a regular movie and they release it in 3D, this movie was made for 3D. So if you don't see it in 3D you may not find it as entertaining because it's not as visually stunning.

The action in this movie is non-stop. It's just bang, bang, bang. Fight after fight, explosion after explosion. My favorite fight scene is the scene between Alice and Jill Valentine. That was a great scene, and the 3D during these action scenes was top-notch.

The Umbrella Corporation is out of control and has gone to far. Humanity is on it's last breath and it's a bitter fight to the end. The dialog in this movie wasn't exactly the best, it was cheesy one-liners alot of the time and some very bad acting at points. But these movies are about the ass-kicking action and the bloody deaths of zombies and the spread of the sickness killing the world. If you're out there and still expecting that Academy Award winning Resident Evil film, I'm sorry to disappoint you. I, however, knew what I was going in for and I enjoyed myself.

As Alice tries to save the world she uncovers more mysteries and no answers, adding to the total darkness we're kept in throughout this series. At any second they can twist something and drop us on our heads. Nothing and no one is ever safe. 

The movie unravels and leaves us with a cliffhanger leading up for a sequel, and I say bring it. These movies are great movies on the scale of entertainment value. I see them as nothing but over-the-top action/horror films, and I watch them to see great action and scary scenes. I don't have anything invested in them, just the fact that I expect to be entertained, and so far this series is doing it for me. Some are clearly better than others, but I'm always up to watch a Resident Evil film. They're fun, plain and simple.

The ending is grim and doesn't look promising. But that means one thing- that there is going to be some serious things going down in the 6TH installment. And more action packed zombie slaying action.



  1. LOTS of jumps in the beginning of this lol. I loved the 3D effects. More than once I felt the need to duck a flying object!
    I've been a fan of these movies since the first, although was disappointed with #2. Overall great movie in a great series!


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