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on 13 April 2013
Since number 4, this series has skewed far more heavily in favour of flashy gunfights with nefarious Umbrella employees and occasional encounters with giant monsters, and paid far less attention to zombies. Admittedly, the first three movies weren't exactly rich examples of emotional depth, but they at least tried to give us enduring characters that had more rounded personalities, and to show the effect of the apocalypse on human behaviour (the scientist only concerned about his daughter in number 2, and the twisted robbers at the beginning of number 3). Unfortunately, what we get with number 5 is Umbrella, Umbrella Umbrella. Oh, and they've got a few giant zombies as toys.
The writers have tried to freshen things up by throwing in an entertaining reason to bring back some favourite faces. Likewise the new setting can be viewed as either a cynical cheap excuse to have several different environments (or 'levels' like a game)to liven up the movie, or as a fun and inventive environment.
Unfortunately the all-pervading familiarity lessens the tension. The plot is so flimsy that no-one ever actually tries to justify it at all (it amounts to - 'we're in here, let's get out'), the supporting characters make paper look thick and well defined, and the appalling 'Matrix' copy character Wesker is back.
I think we've seen enough characters flipping over each other in slo-mo and enough fights without meaningful consequences in this series to last a lifetime. In the penultimate scenes in fact, even the characters themselves seems to be surprisingly laid back about what should be a tense situation. Tellingly the moments in this film that work the best are the scenes with Jovovitch as a normal suburban mum, and later scenes that essentially steal the emotional-bonding plot from 'Aliens'. The series needs some of the emotion put back into it to stop the feeling that it's just empty pointless calories, like eating candy floss but having nothing satisfying left in you afterwards, and the film's "let's make it BIGGER!!!" climax just reeks of escalation that can only take the series even further away from concentrating on character and even closer to: "Look! More guns! Another 30,000 zombies! More Mayhem!"
Resident Evil is becoming a series that apes the creatures it wants us to destroy. After all, what are its zombies but never-ending out of control monsters lacking a soul?
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It makes me laugh when reviewers like Chris Tookie in the Daily Mail try to review Resident Evil films like serious movies. Paul WS Anderson knows his audience and what they want and its for them that he makes these films, and he is a master at it.
Mrs Anderson aka Milla Jovovic is the key that holds these films together and she is a master (mistress?) at it as she fights her way through yet another Umbrella Corporation nightmare even finding time to display her human side when she encounters a young deaf girl who has been cloned to believe she is her mother.
And it is through the magic of cloning that we againget to meet a whole host of returning RE favourites like Rain and Jill Valentine.
The film opens with the opening sequence running in reverse slow motion and it works a treat making the same scene in realtime when it arrives even more enjoyable.
The other thing that Paul WS Anderson is a master of is 3D and this movie is superb in this format. Yes there are a few thrill shots but overall he settles for great depth of field and scenes like where an axe pick flies off to one side of the screen accompanied by the appropriate sound effect are outstanding.
Like they say about all guilty secrets - go know you want it!
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on 8 February 2013
As I have already seen Resident evil retribution 3D at my local cinema and enjoyed the experience of it being my first ever 3D film, this film was a must for my Film collection, as Im already familer with the resident evil storys playing the games its great to see some of the games characters come alive on a movie screen
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I've always enjoyed the Resident Evil movie series, they're fun, exciting and a good blend of action and horror but this new entry is the first one that really made me think "wow!".

From the highly impressive, reverse-slow motion, opening scene it was literally non-stop action until the closing moments. Lots of the old characters from the previous films return as well as some new appearances of Barry Burton, Ada Wong and Leon S Kennedy (finally!). There's some subtle nods and references to the games as well which fans like myself will appreciate. The visual effects are some of the best in the series and I particularly liked how it revisited old locations from the last few films.

The story can be a little too straight-forward and doesn't involve too much thought (do any of these films, in all honesty?!) so is just a highly enjoyable watch from start to finish. I highly recommend this film (I watched it again the next day after watching it the first time - something I very rarely do) but I would suggest watching the first four beforehand.
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on 25 May 2013
While I doubt that they'll ever top the 1st and still the best Resident Evil film this is a worthwhile entry into the ongoing saga and clearly sets the stage for the next stage of the series. So while it's unlikely to win over any new fans, if your a fan of the series then this is worth getting as its great fun to watch.
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on 27 March 2013
I absolutely loved the previous movies in this series, and was eagerly awaiting this one. But it somehow did not quite live up to previous ones although Milla Jovovich is always very watchable. If there is to be another in the series I hope it is brought to a satisfactory conclusion before the plot wears a bit too thin.
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on 17 April 2014
This looks like it is now set up for the final piece.
Milla Jovovich carries on her role perfectly, and is still smoking hot to boot.
Yes it helps to be a Resident Evil fan so if you watch this film on its own it won't make much sense even if it is stunningly graphic.
Roll on the next please.
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on 1 August 2013
I have never really been much fan of the games but the films have brought me great pleasure. The film continuous the series amazing effects. A well needed DVD for resident evil fans. Not as good as afterlife but has a great storyline and begins to show more character development than previous films.
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 21 September 2014
As a big Resident Evil fan I've continued to watch these films despite them being pretty poor. Out of all the films in the series so far this is by far the worst.

Basically to sum it up it's non stop action right from the start with very little (pointless) story. Throw in a few popular characters from the game for no reason and you've got the latest installment in the Resident Evil film franchise.

No one seems to stay dead (and not in the zombie sense) with everybody getting cloned over and over. It makes death hold a lot less weight throughout the film, taking away any potential tension that might be left over. Also it just seems as though old characters, who have been brought back to life, have been thrown into the story just for the hell of it.

So we see a couple of new additions from the game frnachise show up, which in theory should be a good thing, but they have no story, no history, and no real character. They are just there as filler material as a final attempt to satisfy fans. To me the whole thing just felt needless.

Throughout Umbrellas motives just seem downright rediculous, and their secret labs are getting easier and easier to break into. What should be an exciting antagonist is just poor and pointless throughout, making very little sense.

So, if you're up for some non stop action that makes a mockery of anything Resident Evil then dive on in! It's ok if you just fancy some very casual action that requires no brain activity, but if you're after anything more then give this a miss. Hopefully this franchise will die soon.
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on 12 April 2016
I left this instalment of the franchise quite a while before watching due to the poor low budget of the previous film. The film starts off where the previous film left off. A short synopsis is Alice has been captured and must escape the facility where she is being held by the now corrupted Jill. Now Milla is a fantastic actress, just watch The Fifth Element, however all the supporting actors/actresses are beyond bearable. It's like most of them were picked out of a hat last minute and do the iconic characters from the video games no justice at all. The story is weak and utterly ridiculous. Some nice enemies make an appearance from the video games which are on screen for a few minutes but still a nice surprise. My opinion, if your a huge huge fan of the games and franchise it's worth a watch, just. If your not then save your money and get a different zombie/mutant flick.
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