Zombie Movie Review: Resident Evil: Retribution

Resident Evil: Retribution

Running time: 96 minutes | IMDB Rating: 5.9 | Genre: Action, Horror, Sci-Fi | Release: September 2012
Director: Paul W. S. Anderson
Cast: Milla Jovovich, Sienna Guillory, Michelle Rodriguez, Bingbing Li
ZSG Rating: 5/10

Synopsis (from IMDB): Alice fights alongside a resistance movement in the continuing battle against the Umbrella Corporation and the undead.


My Review

You know those cut scenes in video games, where you get the basics of the plot in a short movie, and then you play through all the mindless killing of monsters so you can get to the next cut scene, and next segment of the storyline?

Well, this movie was the exact opposite of that.

It’s a 90 minute clip of watching someone play a video game level where he has to kill a load of zombies and get to a helicopter.

I’m serious, that’s pretty much it.

There are some highlights, though.

The first intro played backwards was cool.  The second intro was awesome.  The “second intro” part will make sense when you see it.

That’s about it for highlights.

But, what I found most interesting is that I wasn’t bored.  It was non-stop action, without much acting, and while there was nothing special throughout, the movie itself flew by.

Plus I’m pretty much a sucker for a bunch of hot chicks kicking ass.

There was also a between-the-lines plot tidbit most reviews on IMDB seem to miss: it would seem that the Umbrella Corporation isn’t the bad guy, but just the facilitator.  Watch out for that.

You get told at the end of the movie that the resistance group are preparing to make their last stand.  Guess there will be at least 1 more movie.

If you’re a true fan, you’ll watch this anyway.  If you’re not a true fan, but think you probably need to watch it in case you want to see the next one – just watch the trailer and save yourself 94 minutes.

Here’s to hoping the next movie has a storyline!




Zombie Details

Cause of: T-Virus
Special abilities: Weird mutations, pretty much a recap of all previously seen in the series
Weapons used against: Mostly guns – which magically appear when you’ve run out of ammo.  Again, this is obviously a video game you’re watching.