If it's crap ... We'll tell you
Many people have hated these movies from the get-go. I honestly understand why: they're stupid, pointless, terribly acted, and the dialogue ranges from piss-poor to flat out fucking terrible. But despite that, I still watch these movies. why? you ask. Well, that's because, I actually have fun with these movies: simply, they're just plain ol' B-Movie trash. a fun kind of trash. In short, a Guilty Pleasure. so after watching the first four, comes Retribution, the fifth installment of this cheesy franchise. In this episode... I mean, installment, Alice (Milla Jovovich) gets captured by Umbrella (again..) and this time her friend Jill Valentine (Sienna Guillory, returning from 2004's Apocalypse) is corrupted by the same spider device that corrupted Claire Redfield (Ali Larter) in 2010's RE: Afterlife. Alice is then saved by Albert Wesker (Shawn Roberts, returning from Afterlife) and Ada Wong (Bingbing Li) only to go through a 95-minute rescue/escape mission. Other Members of the protagonists this time around are: Luther West (Boris Kodjoe, returning from Afterlife), Loen S. Kennedy (Johann Urb), Barry Burton (Kevin Durand), Rain (Michelle Rodriguez, returning from 2002's Resident Evil) and a Deaf Girl by the name of Becky (Aryana Engineer). The Antagonists following Jill include Carlos (Oded Fehr, returning from 2007's Extinction and 2004's Apocalypse), James "One" Shade (Colin Salmon, Returning from 2002's Resident Evil) and an evil version of Rain Ocampo. Alice and Company must escape before it is too late.
This movie had to have had some god awful acting and dialogue. Sienna Guillory, who was passable in RE:Apocalypse, was so terrible, I was laughing out loud in the theater. She acted like that of a jealous, bitchy, teenage girl from a show on the CW. Milla Jovovich was, well, Milla Jovovich. She has acquired the habit of playing the same role in every movie yet, this role that she played has one thing that sets it apart from the others: It in some form harkens back to her Fifth Element days. BingBing Li (I love saying that name) sounds like a robot with the IQ of a rock, Shawn Roberts does another Agent Smith impersonation, Oded Fehr and Colin Salmon are completely forgettable on screen, Johann Urb acts like that of a frat boy at a college party, Kevin Durand sounds like he's trying to be a pirate, and Boris Kodjoe sounds like he's in, well, a video game. On a positive note, Aryana Engineer as Becky does a fine job considering that like her character, she's deafin real life but, she's not Newt from Aliens either. Michelle Rodriguez does a better job than she did in the 2002 film and actually looks like she's having a blast, and I'm with her.
Now, with more positive stuff: The Set Design and Costumes are off the hook. I loved the Score by Tomandandy, and The Visual Effects are Serviceable. The Action Sequences surely do kick a lot of ass: I loved the phantom chase scene and the scene with the elevator when that circular machine gun device pops out, really cool. The Shootouts could have used a little more work though. The Best scene in the movie was the opening, sure it takes a page out of the video game Dead Island, but it sure looked cool. The final fight also rocked as well. The fight choreography is the kind that harkens back to director Paul W.S. Anderson's Mortal Kombat days. The 3D was incredible, say what you will about Paul W.S. Anderson but, He sure knows how to make good 3D movies. I saw this in IMAX 3D and I was blown away: this ranks along with Prometheus, Men In Black III, and Amazing Spiderman as one of the best 3D movies of 2012. There was indeed a lot of shit flying out of the screen but the spacing was also natural. Paul W.S. Anderson isn't the best director in the world but, he isn't the worst either (*cough*joel schumacer*cough*). This movie is by no means a quality film or one that will be showing up at the academy awards but, hey, It would make one hell of a drinking game. (drink from when slo-mo sequence starts to when it ends). If you want to find a movie that you don't wanna take seriously, this is the one. It may not be close to it's source material like Apocalypse was. It may not be heavy in terms of story but, Retribution offers: non-stop action, Some hilarious moments (even though most are unintentional), an immersive 3D experience (especially in IMAX), and a lightening fast pace.
My Reel Comment for Resident Evil: Retribution is - "Have fun with it, maybe a drink or two while you're at it"