The Score: "[In Resident Evil: Retribution 3D] Milla Jovovich's Still A Butt-Kicking Beauty Who Looks Great In Leather & Latex"

Friday, Sep 14, 2012 2:00PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

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  • Resident Evil: Retribution
  • Milla Jovovich, Michelle Rodriguez
  • September 14, 2012
Movie Fanatic 3.5/5
Montreal Gazetter 1/5
Dread Central 3/5
IGN 6/10
Nugget 3/5

Halloween may be more than a month away but this weekend you can get the jump on scary fun by heading out to your local theater and strapping in for a three-dimensional zombie-slaying adventure in Resident Evil: Retribution 3D.

After more than a decade, the Resident Evil franchise loads back up for its fifth installment courtesy of director Paul W.S. Anderson.

The more things change in Resident Evil, the more they stay the same for Alice and the Umbrella Corporation. Alice is still fighting evil in Resident Evil: Retribution. Umbrella is still evil. Zombies still want to eat all the human survivors of past horrors involving the T-virus. Milla Jovovich is still a butt-kicking beauty who looks great in leather and latex. And Jovovich's husband of three years -- English-born filmmaker Paul W.S. Anderson -- is still in charge of the series as producer, writer and director. Anderson adapted the gonzo video game and gave us the original Resident Evil movie 10 years ago. Two years ago, he returned to the director's chair -- after producing and writing episodes two and three -- and gave us the fourth episode, Resident Evil: Afterlife in 3D. Now the sci-fi horror and action specialist has done his finest work. Resident Evil: Retribution is the best Evil ever. It also happens to be Anderson's most accomplished filmmaking in any franchise or genre. (Nugget)

The blood-gushing flick features both new and familiar faces including lead actress Milla Jovovich.

Michelle Rodriguez is Rain in Screen Gems' action horror RESIDENT EVIL: RETRIBUTION. RESIDENT EVIL: RETRIBUTION DIRECTOR: Paul Anderson CAST: Milla Jovovich, Michelle Rodriguez, Sienna Guillory, Kevin Durand, Shawn Robert, Bingbing Li, Boris Kodjoe and Oded Fehr. (SF Luxe)

If you are still a rookie to the Resident Evil series, newcomers are given a brief storyline summary in the latest edition.

For those who are new to the series, Anderson achieves a brilliant -- but rarely used method -- of having his lead (Milla Jovovich as Alice) explain to the audience what they have missed. Viewers get the background of an evil corporation that developed a T-virus that infected the planet and turned most people into blood-thirsty zombies. Alice and her cohorts have been battling the Umbrella Corporation since the film debuted in 2002, but there is something truly unique about what is teased in this Resident Evil: Retribution TV spot. (Movie Fanatic)

Diehard fans of the Resident Evil video games should be delighted this time around.

While it's pretty much business as usual in this latest Resident Evil film, Retribution at least feels more like a video game than the last few sequels have. There are different levels the characters have to fight their way through, with different boss battles along the way. Fans who have long wanted to see characters such as Ada Wong or Leon S. Kennedy finally appear in the film series will be momentarily happy to see them; momentarily, because Barry and Leon don't have much to do except shoot at things. Even Ada is a cipher, but haven't we come to expect thin characterizations from this franchise by now? (IGN)

Despite the on-screen gory fun, some critics have tackled the flick's lack of character development and story-writing.

Even video games have a beginning, a middle, and an end, but the Resident Evil movie franchise seems to hit the reset button every few years, offering up gratuitous violence and Milla Jovovich's cleavage for the camera in the hopes of getting one more stack of quarters from your pocket. At this point, they might as well, because they've cloned the central heroine Alice (Jovovich) - ensuring the game-based silliness will exist for as long as the producers feel a lingering desire to dress Jovovich in a black latex battle suit. And despite the passing of the years, the former model can still pull off the skin-tight look, as well as the martial arts stunts. (Montreal Gazette)
Jovovich seems comfortable and assured as Alice once again and even gets to deliver a few one-liners along the way. Returning cast members Rodriguez, Kodjoe and Fehr, as well as newcomers Urb and Durand, are all pretty entertaining in Retribution and clearly had fun making this fifth installment, but as usual, this Resident Evil also suffers from quite a few wooden performances (particularly Guillory - seriously, is she a robot?) and some cringe-inducing ADR that almost derails the awesomeness of seeing Ada Wong on the big screen (BingBing, a popular actress in China, delivers her first ever English-speaking role here). I understand that the actress playing Ada didn't speak the strongest English, but what they did to her voice in ADR seriously sounds like something out of a 60's soap opera. Truly awful- someone should be fired for thinking that was acceptable. (Dread Central)

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