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1/2 star out of 4
Somebody shoot me. I somehow volunteered to review “Resident Evil: Retribution” and the laugh’s on me. This is one over-long, mindless shoot-em-up with little redeeming value.
The fifth flick in the “RE” franchise, “Resident Evil: Retribution” continues the story of Alice (Milla Jovovich), former employee of something called the Umbrella Corporation which has unleashed a viral Armageddon weapon that turns folks into zombies. Alice has been injected with a serum that gives her immunity from walking dead-itis, superior strength and amazing agility. The plot — if you can call it that — has Alice in the aftermath of the last “RE” flick, waking up deep inside Umbrella’s secret underwater testing facility. She has to fight her way through countless zombie attacks within a myriad of holographic realities of places like Tokyo, Moscow and Las Vegas.
I don’t play video games, and I didn’t see the previous four “RE” films, so maybe that’s the problem. However, Jovovich can rescue me ANYTIME she wants — but please, Milla, do it before the next “RE” movie comes along.
— Tim Weekley, Suwanee
2 stars out of 4
I like the “Resident Evil” series of movies and the consistency of its lead, Milla Jovovich, but this is my least favorite of them all. It is mostly a smorgasbord of action, special effects and gory violence. Granted, the special effects are extremely well done, especially Jovovich’s fight scenes — she is really good in these films. The unsubstantial story and minimal dialogue, however, really take this franchise down a notch. A poor script and a weak supporting cast doesn’t help.
The opening sequence brings you back to the end of the previous movie, in reverse and in slow motion, which is original. After this, Jovovich’s character briefly summarizes the story from the first film onward so if you have not seen them all, you will still be up-to-date.
It is clear that some of the special effects are geared toward 3-D format, which I did not see. Also, the violence is overplayed.
TIP: Bring earplugs — you will thank me. You will still be able to hear the dialogue but the unbelievably loud and distracting sound effects and music will be muffled. I had my fingers over my ears for 90 percent of the movie.
— Francine Benoit, Lawrenceville
1 and 1/2 stars out of 4
So the world has gone to the abyss since a corporate entity mega-company has finally created a virus that has gone viral; moreover, humankind, as we know it, is doomed. But wait — don’t underestimate the power of women and their penchant for pain as Alice, played by Milla Jovovich with a very serious face and a kick-butt attitude, takes the movie on her shoulders and wipes out so many goons that it becomes utterly silly and dull.
This movie tries excessively hard to be special and in the process chokes on its own celluloid. It is consumed by it own ghoulish, over-the-top, confusing, self-created mess. They actually have this farce in 3-D if you want to pay a real premium for a bunch of nothingness. Hollywood has gone mad and is offering half-cocked movies that would have never been produced 20 years ago. However, let’s not reward movies like this with our disposable income and send the message that they’re somehow good.
— Rick Wright, Auburn