Resident Evil. If I were just to say these two words in that exact order, a light bulb would go off in your head. Even if you don’t place games, the name will definitely ring a bell. If you are a gamer, the name should be iconic. ‘Resident Evil’ is a game series where your character has to face off against zombies created by a viral strand (the T-Virus) made by Umbrella Corp. Created in 1996, the series has popularized the concept of zombies in video games for many years. It’s no wonder the series received a movie adaptation.
The movie franchise started up in 2002. Since then, three other films have been produced and marketed. Now, in the fall of 2012, the finale has been reached. Resident Evil: Retribution is the last film in the franchise, once again following the protagonist of all five movies, Alice. If you have not watched any of the other films, or even if you are just missing the fourth, I would strongly suggest watching them before watching Retribution. Every movie (except the third and fourth) start off exactly where the last movie ends. Retribution does the same thing.
Alice was once a part of Umbrella. Now, she fights them at every turn, trying to destroy them and at the same time find a permanent shelter away from the zombie apocalypse. In the fourth movie, it ends with her being on a ship full of survivors. At the beginning of the fifth, everyone is gone. Alice has been taken to the experimenting/training headquarters for Umbrella. This is her chance to finish Umbrella off once and for all. But to do that, she must face off against everyone she has ever known, enemy or ally.
The movie itself is the standard style portrayed in all of the other films in the franchise. There are incredible fights, iconic characters from the games making appearances (hint, hint), and of course, zombies galore. If you have played any of the games or watched every movie, you’ll notice that every single zombie type makes an appearance. You have everything from the normal slow ones, to the giant axe-wielders, to the zombies that use chainsaws and guns. In fact, the only zombie that does not appear is Nemesis.
Even without her powers, Alice knows how to kick butt. The moment she wakes up, she is already thrown into action where she has one gun, and a bike chain versus a minimum of 20 zombies. Good old Resident Evil-always made fighting impossibly hard. An added bonus to this move is that the Boss fight at the end actually lasts for a good while. If anyone has watched Afterlife, you’ll understand why this is such a bonus.
Everyone gets to make an appearance in this one. You see the Umbrella Corps mercenaries from the first film, all the way to Luther returning from his fight with the zombies with the weird mouth tentacles from the fourth film. Also, a face that is very iconic to the games also makes a debut in this film. I won’t spoil it, but the moment you hear their name, you squeal throughout the theaters.
There were some downsides to this movie as well. Not only did the film stick with the standard one hour-30 minute mark like in the rest of the films, but once again, it was not scary. The movie is classified as a Horror/Action/Adventure, and yet it was mainly action. Sure there were a few jumps here and there, but in all honesty, the previews before the movie were scarier than the actually film itself.
On a scale of one to five, this movie gets a 4.5. Compared to the other films, this one was admittedly one of the better ones in the franchise. It was a mix of all the prequels and the ending leaves you begging for more. And who’s to say there won’t be more? If there is anything we have learned from Alice over the years, it’s that she doesn’t stop until every zombie is dead. She’s already killed a few thousands, so she just might return to destroy the billions that still remain.