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This Week's Film Reviews (Sep 14, 2012)

14 Sep 2012

Only big film opening is RESIDENT EVIL: RETRIBUTION as TIFF continues in Toronto.

RESIDENT EVIL: RETRIBUTION (USA 2012) **1/2

Directed by Paul W.S. Andersen


The 5th installment of the RESIDENT EVIL series (based on the videogame) has the Umbrella Corporation's deadly T-virus ravaging the Earth, transforming the global population into legions of the flesh eating Undead.

The human race''s last and only hope, Alice (Milla Jovovich), awakens in the heart of Umbrella's most clandestine operations facility and unveils more of her mysterious past as she delves further into the complex.

The film takes the first 10 minutes or so explaining the current situation of the Earth with respect to Umbrella Corporation.  Those unfamiliar to the RESIDENT EVIL series or have short memories need not be distressed as all will be put up to date with proceedings.  Strangely enough, it is never explained how Alice now lives with a family in a nice suburban home.  This is where the action starts, when she prepares her daughter for school.  The undead attack and running out of the house, it is found that the undead are everywhere.  As Alice protects her loved one, there is some suspense as she escapes one close call after another.

But as the film progresses and she turns back into a fighting machine, battling her ex-boss Jill (Sienna Guillory) and Rain (Michelle Rodriguez), suspense gives way to plain choreographed action, video games style.  Good if this is your kind of thing, but give me suspense and a good story any time.

Die hard RESIDENT EVIL fans should not be too disappointed as the film looks very good, especially in the art design of the rooms in the Umbrella Corporation.  These look like the 70’s futuristic films such as Joseph Losey’s MODESTY BLAISE.  Apart from that, the film eventually boils down to the same old sordid affair or tedious mess depending how wants to look at it.

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