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This review is from: Resident Evil: Retribution (DVD + UV Copy)  (DVD)
Y'know I've defended these movies from critical batterings over the years, the original Resident Evil movie was an interesting if wayward take on the original game, Apocalypse was a hugely enjoyable Hollywood-ised version of the Nemesis game, Extinction dared to go beyond the global epidemic you constantly played to prevent in the more recent games, totally Mad Max-ing the World's ass while Afterlife was a lesser but harmlessly entertaining 90 minutes of Zombie splattering fun.
But this movie is defenceless. A totally incoherent plot, re-hashed casting, soulless acting and a non-linear screenplay all combine to make this the worst entry in the series, in any measurable sense.
Where Afterlife left off, Alice & the remaining survivors aboard the Arcadia face an attack from an Umbrella Helicopter Squadron where the opening credits consist of this entire battle in reverse slow motion and then played forward again i.e. TIME FILLER - and this is only in the opening credits.
Alice is knocked into the sea and for some reason, ends up in a massive underwater base controlled by Umbrella which is basically 1 big training camp with various simulations of the world's largest & previously destroyed cities (New York, Moscow & Raccoon City) & Wesker directs Alice to kick some zombie ass while being mentally tested by going up against clones of former cohorts killed off in previous instalments, including Rain & Carlos.
No really, you read that right, that's the actual premise for this movie.
Alice spends all her time running around in a suit that looks like a rejected idea from Tron, throw Leon S Kennedy, Ada Wong & Barry Burton into the mix along with all the routine Resident Evil monsters, Zombies, Lickers, Majini, Axemen & Chainsaw Ganados and you end up with one incomprehensible mess of a movie that actually looks & feels like a bad video game as you jump from one level to another, fighting a different monster from one scene to the next, while several scenes are carbon copies of clips taken from the games.
With previously dead characters shamelessly reappearing instead of coming up with characters of some originality, super slow-mo action sequences to fill in running time and the painful non-existence of a plot, this movie only goes to show that this franchise has completely lost its way and at this point, is simply churning out any old crap.
Spend your money on the games that still have a chance to flourish and to hell with these movies.