Movie review: Resident Evil 5 – Retribution (2012)


Which movie franchise you would first thought of when I said it’s something about survival from zombie apocalypse horror? That must be the ‘Resident Evil’. So far, five films have been produced including the latest one released this year that I’m going to write a review for it now. The franchise first started in 2002 (that’s exactly a decade ago) with Resident Evil, then followed by Resident Evil 2: Apocalypse in 2004, Resident Evil 3: Extinction in 2007, and then Resident Evil 4: Afterlife in 2010 and most recently, Resident Evil 5: Retribution. And I’m glad I didn’t miss out any one of the films based on this popular franchise which is actually based on a survival horror video game of the same name.

The fifth instalment is a direct follow-on from the previous film, and focuses on Alice (Milla Jovovich) captured by the Umbrella Corporation, forcing her to escape from an underwater base in the Arctic Circle, used for testing the T-virus. The film would never gets away from this one leading character of the whole franchise, and Milla is the best choice for it. Now, whenever Milla appears, I would see her as Alice. She nailed the character so well, until to the point that I feel Milla is actually Alice or otherwise. I wouldn’t get bored seeing her for the fifth times in a row. She had a very cool quality in her, that made her the most suitable pick for this very iconic fictional character.

In previous films of this franchise, I tend to find myself slightly confused over the development of the storyline on which I find unnecessarily complicated. Yes, I understand that giving depth to a story would gives way to a much solid plot, but it can be done in simpler way actually. And this Resident Evil 5: Retribution is an example. The story is straightforward and focuses directly on everything the audiences wish to watch without wasting more time on turning somewhere else. It’s the survival part against those ugly-looking zombies or mutated creatures that we wish to see the most, and this film didn’t disappoint. The fight choreography is one to be praised from this film.

A new Chinese character ‘Ada Wong’ is added to be the sidekick of Alice on this film, portrayed by Li Bingbing. Well, a skilful sexy-looking woman join the force to eliminate the Umbrella corporation, why not. It’s a great addition to the film, not wanting us to stay with the same guys again and again. Well, in the current high-tech film industry, there is no way visual effect would be poorly done on this film where many people set eyes on it. The visual is impressive. And then, this film do stands out from its predecessors as it has a bit more of emotion on it, rather than just emphasizing on action, action and just action. That is good. The film starts out with flashback which is a good idea for a re-cap of what had happened in previous films as some audiences might have forgotten, and then follows on from there.

Yes..I have to agree that the as the franchise develops, the story gets lazier. It is as if the producer is forcing for more and more sequels as the franchise continues to generate income for them. This latest film only runs less than one and a half hour. However, for me, that’s just the right amount of time needed, not too long or short. For me, if this film gets me thrilled all the way, then it’s a good one. And Resident Evil 5: Retribution didn’t disappoint. It even gives me shock at some scenes eventhough I already expected it. And last but not least, I also would like to praise for the ability of the story to get to this far and still quite refreshing for me (with this time, the idea of passing from one simulated area to another with different horror sequence initiated as experimenting ground in an underwater base of Umbrella corporation). Brilliant idea but not executed sufficiently enough. By the way, it’s still a thrilling film. Out of 10 points, I rate ‘Resident Evil 5: Retribution’ a total of 7.3.

(All images from this post are from various sources throughout the world wide web)

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