Movie Review: Resident Evil: Retribution
I’ve been waiting a long time for this movie to come out and, finally, here it is. What a disappointment. Yeah, I know. How dare I break ranks, right? Well, though I am a rapid zombie fan right along with the rest of you, I’m not a gamer, and I’m certainly not interested in watching a video game, and that is what this movie is – for the most part.
I was looking for something a little more authentic than what we have here in the fifth installment of an instant zombie classic. I remember when the first Resident Evil came out – specifically, the zombiefied dobbies were the absolute best. And, of course, Milla is pretty awesome, too.
Missing was Ali Larter, and Spencer Locke (K-Mart), both characters I would have really liked to see back. But we did get Boris Kodjoe for awhile, which was good. I was surprised to see Sienna Guillory back to reprise her role but with an evil twist.
All in all it was a good addition to the RE franchise, but does it have to be so over the top, the fight scenes are so gratuitous and phoned in – hell, they didn’t even create any new zombie characters and there were fewer actual zombies than ever! What’s the deal with that? Thank God for The Walking Dead, or we would all starve!
It does appear that there will be a sixth, and talk of a seventh film in the works, but who knows. I’m still waiting for another Goonies and Ghostbuster movie – I’m not holding my breath.
At any rate, this is a nice addition, but it definitely is not something to write home about. I would say, overall, my favorite of the franchise is Afterlife with Extinction as a runner up. If you haven’t seen it, grab you a copy, a bag of microwaved popcorn, a big screen tv and enjoy. Just don’t expect too much. It’s certainly not the out-of-box experience we’re accustomed to with Milla and the gang.