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Movie Review: Resident Evil: Retribution



By  Justin Carreiro     12:23 PM    Labels:,,,, 
Sequels can be a hit or miss but when it's part of a series I love, I don't mind watching the film when it comes out. Originally, I had planned to write this piece in a more descriptive post. However, since there has been some time since I've seen the film and when it came out, I've decided to create this as a smaller review. This mini review is for the fifth sequel in this action-horror franchise: Resident Evil: Retribution.


The Premise: Set after the events of the last film, Alice (played by Milla Jovovitch) has been taken hostage by the Umbrella Corporation. Trapped underground at a secret Umbrella research facility, Alice must try to escape from the horror within while a band of allies (which include some familiar faces) on the surface work their way down the facility to free her. Also at the helm of the story is Alice's former ally and now Umbrella-controlled agent Jill Valentine (Sienna Guillory), who reemerges as a main character in the film franchise since Resident Evil: Apocalypse.

The Results: 3.5/5!
The Resident Evil film franchise is heatedly debated among fans. Half criticize the series for not following the storyline precise while others praise it to be a new interpretation. I'm always open to new creative elements and can distinguish the difference between a film series and the actual video game series - it doesn't bother me much. I loved the previous four films in the series so I naturally wanted to watch the fifth film. Overall, I think it was alright. The special effects and action sequences were amazing, dialogue was a tad bland and the plot was basic at best. It felt more of "filler" film where it's just a placeholder to explain the events between the last film and the thrilling final conclusion in the sixth film. The negative aspect of the film is the slow-motion sequences. These moments were continuously overused and made the experience feel drawn out. Normally that would be a good thing but with a bare plot and minimal dialogue, a third to half of the film could might as well be ONLY slow-motion action sequences. However, I'd still recommend watching the movie. I still liked it and for a good popcorn film near Halloween, it's nice to watch something with zombies.

About Justin Carreiro

Justin is a longtime TV buff and gamer. He loves chatting about shows, playing video and board games, and his not-so-secret love for reality tv. He is also a fan of horror movies, music and a bookworm at heart. He spends his time in Toronto working in PR and Social Media.

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