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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars MADE FOR A VIDEO GAME
This film was clearly designed with a video game in mind. The first two minutes of the film summarizes all the films that you may have missed: Virus, bad mutants. Alice, good mutant. And something about the red queen.

In our soon to be released video game based on the film, the main character (Milla Jovovich) wakes up in a strange location wearing a skimpy...
Published 18 months ago by The Movie Guy

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3.0 out of 5 stars Go Wesker, young man
Her name is Alice, she remembers everything. And now, just for a change, she has some zombies to fight...

This is the fifth installment of Paul Anderson's Resident Evil film franchise and I am finding less and less to say about these films. The scenery, and the supporting characters change and Jovovich's heroine gets stronger and more agile, but in the end they...
Published 22 months ago by Crookedmouth


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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Go Wesker, young man, 30 Jan 2013
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Her name is Alice, she remembers everything. And now, just for a change, she has some zombies to fight...

This is the fifth installment of Paul Anderson's Resident Evil film franchise and I am finding less and less to say about these films. The scenery, and the supporting characters change and Jovovich's heroine gets stronger and more agile, but in the end they are about causing maximum carnage amongst the ranks of the undead. Retribution's plot is unnecessarily involved and resembles a swiss cheese - suddenly the baddie Wesker (who seems to be doing a creditable Max Headroom impression and who I thought had bought the farm in the last episode???) is a sort of goodie, striving to save humanity from the nefarious Umbrella Corp (I thought he /was/ the Umbrella Corp?!) instead of making every effort to spoil things for us decent folk. Alice finds herself trying to escape from an underground facility, aided and abetted by the inconstant Mr Wesker and a Chinese lady by the name of Ada Wong who manages to kick some righteous ass despite the encubrance of a rather glam and entirely unexplained ballgown. Our hero finds herself chased by Jill Valentine, Carlos, Rain and One who have, themselves swapped sides for reasons various. Unfortunately this confusing plot requires Alice to spend a few minutes at the opening scene explaining to us all what has happened in all the previous movies. Then, during another scene, deep in Umbrella's lair, the action pauses conveniently so that Wesker can updated Jill yet further on stuff, via a live feed that the all-seeing, all-powerful, omni-present Umbrella Corp can't jam.

None of that is time well spent in an action movie of this ilk, I'm afraid... This sort of a deal is a bit like your classic "Confessions of a TV Repairman" or "Beverly Hills Pool Cleaners 3" pron movie. The audience really isn't interested in the plot, the back-story. You watch a mucky video for one reason and one reason only (or at least one reason, several times, if you had the stamina) and there is no need to understand why the leading lady needs her sump cleaning or her antenna adjusting before the real action starts . The same can be said of this sort of film. Keep it simple and get down to the humping (or in this case, the killing) as quickly as possible - don't prolong the agony.

Anyway, after all the yakking at the start, cue a high-ammo-expenditure-fuelled monster mayhem. The pink mist is sprayed with wild abandon, the sets give the film an authentic computer-game-level feel and there are plenty of stunt fights to showcase Alice's abilities. Yes, the film looks good. The acting is, as one might expect, average. It ain't gonna win an Academy or a BAFTA but it is at least a little better than it's most immediate predecessor which was looking tired and false.

Plot - 0 stars.
Look and action - 4 stars
Acting - 2 stars
Shameless setting up for yet another sequel - 6 stars
Gore - 5 stars
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The poorest of the lot, 21 Sep 2014
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Shaun Dowdall "Shaun Dowdall" (York, UK) - See all my reviews
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars MADE FOR A VIDEO GAME, 29 May 2013
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The Movie Guy "Movies from A to Z" (United States) - See all my reviews
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This film was clearly designed with a video game in mind. The first two minutes of the film summarizes all the films that you may have missed: Virus, bad mutants. Alice, good mutant. And something about the red queen.

In our soon to be released video game based on the film, the main character (Milla Jovovich) wakes up in a strange location wearing a skimpy towel. There will be a nude patch that you can download for the game that the manufacturer will swear it had nothing to do with. You then have 2 minutes to find your clothes and escape during a computer failure, one that is poorly designed and defaults to open the door and return your clothes. Once outside you will need to quickly locate weapons and kill low level mutants to level up. You are then forced to return to the facility. Here you team up with someone (Bingbing Li) who looks like Tifa Lockhart (FF VII). You gather as may weapons as you can. Make sure to take extra weapons to arm any future new members of your party.

You now have 2 hours to escape the underground area by passing through models of various cities. You kill mutants for points and save humans who you can add to your party while you go to the rendezvous location to meet up with your rescue squad. Due to the cloning nature of the facility you can meet up with people from previous films who couldn't possibly be here. The film ends at a point where we can have a CG sequel and video game.

5 star movie if you love watching someone else play a video game.

Parental Guide: I don't recall any F-bombs, although don't hold me to that. No sex. No nudity, but skimpy outfits.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Film,, 3 July 2013
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Continues to keep the story line intact, but you need to watch the others to keep up with the full story line. Again Great film. waiting for the next installment.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Resident Evil Retribution The Best film yet in the Resident Evil Franchise, 16 Oct 2014
One of the best of The resident evil franchise to be made so far.,Again we find the main character Alice Played by Milla Jovovich captured by the evil Umbrella Corporation.This is set after the last film where Alice and her friends had come out of the cargo ship and were on deck,that was until the UC (Umbrella Corporation)helicopters had arrived with reinforcements.Alice to me seems to get herself out of situations no other human being would be able to.In this particular installment she is helped by female Asian agent who is set by Wesker(who seems to have mellowed)and now is playing a goodie goodie character instead of the evil person he played in the first film(as another reviewer has already pointed out)wasn't he the Head of Umbrella Corporation from the first ever Resident Evil film
Every time i watch a new installment of the resident evil film franchise,it seems they push Alice to the limit and given her certain tasks to complete,the special effects in this film are fantastic
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 'THE BATTLE TO SURVIVE CONTINUES', 25 Feb 2013
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This review is from: Resident Evil: Retribution (Blu-ray + UV Copy) [2012] (Blu-ray)
the war against the 'virus' stricken majority continues.
'Alice' is being held at 'Umbrella's' underwater research
facility.
Friends are trying to reach her,'Alice' is needed on the
outside.
The facility will present 'Alice' and her friends with
images that are often not real.
To escape they have to fight against the computer controlled
environment.
This an action -packed visual treat.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Watch and Enjoy possibly the best so far, 19 Oct 2014
This for me was the Best out of the Franchise so far by the first one the story was effective simplified need to escape from Umbrella corp facility with great action sequences, Brilliant Music soundtrack, Nice story that adds a freshness to the series that was lacking by the end of the last one, Milla Jovovich is once again perfect for this role everyone's like the acting was ok but I think their was a little more effort in this one all round as the Cast is a good match, it was the third, fourth where the acting was shoddy look back at them and you'll appreciate this film for saving the Franchise.

what stands out in this film is the visuals as this is the Basis for great action sequences, showing the story no spoilers but some good ideas here.
Think the first film Resident evil mixed with a tonne more action, bigger budget and cooler story, Loads of fan favourites return for this film, Visuals are perfect they Haven't overstretched stretched themselves like they did with film four, Ending is once again a set up for the next but this time you feel the excitement around this franchise.

Watch it and enjoy for the next one might be the last before a reboot in a few years
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Set up for finale, 25 Feb 2013
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Not too bad at all, setting it up nicely for a great finale. I cannot wait for the final installment
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Resi Evil's penultimate installment, 27 Feb 2013
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Retribution opens with a taster from where the previous installment, Afterlife, left it. With Alice(Milla Jovovich) who has lost her powers, left stranded on the ship, Arcadia, with survivors, as Umbrella swoop in to mop them up, in a nicely done opening sequence that rewind's the unfolding action & then plays it out in real time to fruition. This time around Alice is a prisoner in an Umbrella testing facility, where they use clones to enact the effect of the T virus has in populated areas. In what feels like a remix of the original Resi Evil film, the Red Queen is back in charge & the clones of past characters return, Rain (Michelle Rodriguez), Shade (Colin Salmon) & Carlos (Oded Fehr) led by an Umbrella controlled Jill Valentine (Sienna Guillory) , are out to halt Alice's escape. No chance for her you might think ? but as help comes from the unlikeliest of places, Albert Wesker (Shawn Roberts), sends in a team to help break her out, in order to save what's left of mankind.

Overall it's the same formula & quality we have seen in the past 3 films since the original, lets face it, since then it's been about watching Milla Jovovich is skin tight/revealing cloths kicking butt(no complaints), than the survival horror the game was based on. So saying it's better or worse than X installment since then is futile, as you know what your getting before you hit that buy button. A simple plot that allows Alice to go up against Umbrella's horde of zombies & super mutants once again, as she slices & dices to great one on one action choreography, played out to a complimentary rhythmic sound track. The opening sequence's managed to grab me & i was very impressed & in anticipation of what was to follow, which i found surprising considering all the negative reviews iv'e seen about this film.

What there is of it, the acting is good for a Resi Evil film, in that it manages to support the rest of the film well enough, as we wait with baited breath for the next action sequence to blow us away. In this respect, the film's 1 hour 30 minute run time flew past so quickly, that it had me wanting for more (brainssssss) come the finish. And, if Retribution's ending is anything to go by, it entices us with a glimpse at what will inevitably be the finale to the series in the next Resi Evil installment (Mmmm.... more brainssssss).

In conclusion, for Resi Evil fans this is another worthy formulaic action packed installment, that set's up the finale to the series. Milla Jovovich rocks! Recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Penultimate Film?, 17 April 2014
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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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