Resident Evil Retribution: Evil Goes Global (2012)

Posted: September 19, 2012 in Action, Horror, Sci-Fi

In the wake of her success finding survivors of the T-virus, Alice and the survivors come under fire by a swarm of Umbrella soldiers, led by Jill Valentine. Knocked into the water and captured, Alice wakes up in another facility and soon discovers that the she is miles under the ice. She quickly finds that this facility serves as testing grounds for Umbrella’s soldier training and research of the containment of the T-virus. Unfortunately for Alice and her new partner Ada Wong, the Red Queen system had taken over all Umbrella operations and was seeking to destroy all life in protection of itself. Albert Wesker, former chairman of Umbrella, has commissioned a task force to enter the facility to save Alice for an unknown reason related to winning the battle against the virus. Along the way to the rendezvous point, Alice and Ada are discovered by Jill and her security team, which consists of clones of the fallen members of the STARS program. As menacing as the zombie presence is, the battle is far from over.

Starring: Milla Jovovich (Alice), Sienna Guillory (Jill Valentine), Michelle Rodriguez (Rain), Aryana Engineer (Becky), Bingbing Li (Ada Wong), Boris Kodjoe (Luther West), Johann Urb (Leon S. Kennedy), Kevin Durand (Barry Burton), Oded Fehr (Todd/Carlos), Colin Salmon (One), Ofilio Portillo (Tony), Shawn Roberts (Albert Wesker)

While Jovovich is her usual self (again following the theme of ending up mostly or fully naked at some point of the film), the exciting aspect of the casting came from the return of some of the memorable characters from the previous films. Even though Rodriguez’s character died in the first film, the cloning element allowed her to reappear with her classic sassy charm and aggressive tendencies. Urb does appear to be an interesting choice for the role of Leon, as he does not seem to fit the visual or personality profile of the character. Roberts’s return as Wesker has an almost Agent Smith-Matrix-like quality with his emotionless performance, but there could be some interesting evolution of his involvement with what could only be considered the final part of the series coming in the next few years.


Having directed and produced the previous films of the series, Paul WS Anderson returned to continue his focus on the character of Alice and her fight to save humanity. Similar to her experience at the end of both the first and second films, Retribution began with the capture of Alice. Even without her powers (as they were taken from her by Wesker at the end of Afterlife), Alice remained a formidable opponent. While the tagline represents the expansion of the T-virus as a global epidemic, the global element was actually in reference to the facility that includes several different environments from around the globe. Though Wesker had been an enemy for so long, the virus had gotten out of control to a level that required Alice’s assistance. Jill Valentine had been subjected to mind control and the clones had been set to eliminate the human threat, so Alice and the rescue team were definitely up for a fight. In addition, the Red Queen pulled out all of the stops with hoards of zombies and zombie-like creatures.


The story for this film makes it feel like things have not truly progressed. At least for the first few films, the world was deteriorating and Alice was progressing through some sort of transformation into a hero. Even in Afterlife, she discovered survivors in what appeared to be a world completely destroyed by the T-virus. Starting this film captured and stuck in a facility for the bulk of the time, she simply fights her way out yet again, with the biggest plot development happening at the end of the film. Having the return of some classic characters was nice, but it was frustrating that it seems that Alice’s allies seem to grow slightly before getting demolished significantly. While there was a lack of forward movement, the ending boasts a potentially epic next (and hopefully final) installment, including some new zombie creatures that should return the focus to the horror element.

While Resident Evil: Retribution falls a little short of progressing the story and producing something new to the Resident Evil universe (except for a few new characters), there is a lot of action and the potential for an unforgettable ending to the series.

Dan’s Rating: 2.5/5


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