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One may have to be a zombie to enjoy Resident Evil: Retribution

Posted Tuesday, September 18, 2012, at 2:02 PM

Retribution is defined as the act of punishing or taking vengeance for wrongdoing, sin or injury. The definition packs more of a punch than does the latest Resident Evil film, "Resident Evil: Retribution". The fifth film in the series follows Alice (Milla Jovovich) as she continues her fight against the Umbrella Corporation, her former employer, with the help of a small group of survivors of the human race.

Picking up right where "Resident Evil: Afterlife" leaves off, Alice is captured after causing an airship to crash into the vessel, Arcadia, located in the Arctic Circle. Alice is taken to the company's underwater secret facility known as "the belly of the beast". The facility is the most sophisticated testing center for the Umbrella Corporation with real worldwide environments to release their T-virus and observe its affects.

The movie begins with an interesting opening credit sequence where the final scenes of the fourth film are seen in reverse order to open the series' fifth film. Filmed with a 3D audience in mind, there are action sequences throughout the film where the action comes right at the screen. Director Paul W.S. Anderson allows the audience to feel immersed in the action with up close action shots of bullets and some fun action sequences but nothing mind blowing.

After the initial opening sequence Alice finds herself in 'suburbia' where she is married to a clone of Carlos Olivera (Oded Fehr) and mother of a deaf daughter Becky (Aryana Engineer), whom she later discovers to be a clone as well. After a zombie outbreak in this alternate world she awakes in the Umbrella Corporation's secret facility being tortured by Jill Valentine (Sienna Guillory), who has been brainwashed by Umbrella. A computer shutdown allows Alice to escape and join Ada Wong (Li Bingbing), a fan favorite in the video game series.

Alice is informed by Wong and one time Umbrella executive Albert Wesker (Shawn Roberts) that they are no longer employed by Umbrella and it is critical for Alice and Wong to rendezvous with the team that has been sent to rescue them. Along the way the pair will come across clones of past characters including: Rain Ocampo (Michelle Rodriguez), Olivera and James "One" Shade (Colin Salmon).

The plot of each Resident Evil film has decreased in quality as the series has evolved but this film hits a low point with a generally non-existent plot. Most of the fight sequences resolve themselves with guns. Gone are the mutant dogs, crazy grids that slice you into little pieces and mind blowing action that makes you want to see the scene again and again.

Although fans of the video game series will be cheering for newcomers Wong, Leon S. Kennedy (Johann Urb) and Barry Burton (Kevin Durand) the trio never really has a "wow" moment that justifies their introduction in the series. The biggest crowd cheering moment comes with an intense fight sequence between Valentine and Alice at the end of the film and the setup for the sixth and what hopefully will be the last movie in the series.

"Resident Evil: Retribution" is rated R for scenes of strong violence.

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