Resident Evil: Retribution

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Resident Evil: Retribution

Paul Anderson (1) (2012)

91min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Writer/director Paul WS Anderson seems stuck on repeat, as wife Milla Jovovich's zombie-slaying heroine Alice returns for a glossy yet tedious fifth instalment in the video game-based franchise. Creating a permanent sense of déjà vu, Anderson swaps coherent narrative for an unimaginative procession of explosions, gunfire and gore, with Alice encountering figures from her past (including an amusing Michelle Rodriguez) as she races to escape from the virus-spawning Umbrella Corporation's underground research facility. With this mainly involving set-piece battles through an undead-populated series of simulated test environments - Tokyo, suburban America, etc - the film is like looking over the shoulder of someone playing on their Xbox: an unsatisfyingly detached experience that's compounded by the predominantly stiff acting and disposable characters. Granted, Anderson tries to add an emotional dimension, giving Alice a maternal relationship lifted from James Cameron's Aliens, but it's too undernourished to make much impact. Even the souped-up mutant zombies barely register, leaving only Jovovich's vigour and visual appeal to sustain proceedings.

Summary

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Cast & Crew

Alice Milla Jovovich
Jill Valentine Sienna Guillory
Rain Ocampo Michelle Rodriguez
Ada Wong Bingbing Li
Barry Burton Kevin Durand
Luther West Boris Kodjoe
Becky Aryana Engineer
James "One" Shade Colin Salmon
Leon S Kennedy Johann Urb
Albert Wesker Shawn Roberts
Carlos Olivera Oded Fehr
Director Paul Anderson (1)
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: SonyGuidance: Violence, some swearing.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 28 Sep 2012
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