Films | Resident Evil – Retributions – Movie Review

Resident Evil – Retributions – Movie Review

Posted by FATEMA H.KAGALWALA on September 28, 2012 | No Comments

PRODUCER – Paul W. S. Anderson, Jeremy Bolt, Don Carmody, Samuel Hadida, Robert Kulzer,
DRIECTOR – Paul W. S. Anderson
WRITER – Paul W. S. Anderson
CAST – Milla Jovovich, Michelle Rodriguez, Kevin Durand, Sienna Guillory, Shawn Roberts, Aryana Engineer, Colin Salmon, Johann Urb, Boris Kodjoe, Li Bingbing
MUSIC – Tomandandy

Monster attacks, zombies, clones and Milla Jovovich in latex resurface in what is a predictable fifth instalment of the Resident Evil franchise.

The Umbrella Corporation is still hunting Alice (Jovovich) and this time there is also a hearing-impaired little girl who claims to be her daughter Becky (Aryana Engineer). Alice is living as a suburban housewife with the clone of Carlos Olivera as her husband who is soon killed by zombies. Across landscapes of what seems like a simulation of the US Alice escapes the zombies with her daughter only to be then pursued by the Umbrella monsters to play hide and seek with. The Corporation is under threat from its own security system and the world is under attack by its T-virus turning people into zombies. If this should be making for intense drama, it doesn’t, staying content with the customary video-game style violence.

Resident Evil, as a franchise is an outcome of a video-game idea that was received well when it first came out. But over the years and instalments, the makers seem to find little new to say. So Alice in her customary latex suit hops and skips video-game simulated enemies in a world that pretends to be cutting-edge science fiction but seems increasingly like ‘seen-that-before’.

The film, saddled with its own history takes a long and pain-staking opening to describe Alice’s past. Unfortunately, it doesn’t augur well for audiences familiar or new to it, making both impatient with its length and effort.

3D is the newest toy that action films have attached themselves to because of its capability to make visceral the experience unfolding onscreen. Resident Evil-Retributions uses its 3 D and computer graphic effects almost as lazily as it approaches its story. What was the point really, we come out asking.

For hard-core action and sci-fi fans Resident Evil provides the template violence of the genre. But stop there because if you look for more, be it story, performances or even thrills, then you are bound to be disappointed.

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