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This review is from: Resident Evil: Retribution (+ UltraViolet Digital Copy) (DVD)
There was plenty of action and plenty of new characters and things going on to hold your interest. The plot is simple and doesn't need to be more complicated - rescue Alice! The visuals, the sound, the music is all top notch! This is Resident Evil at its best!
The movie opens where RE#4 left off - on top of the Arcadia (freighter) with all the humans released and enjoying their freedom. I was hoping to have K-MART and especially Claire back. We aren't shown it, but are left to assume the worst for them. Based on how brutal the Umbrella attack is, it is a safe assumption that only someone like Alice could survive. The sequence is played in reverse, which was new and interesting.
The action doesn't slow for very long (just long enough for Alice to get kidnapped, get into a skin tight dominatrix/cat suit, and escape). Alice is smoking hot here!
I was beginning to think Alice was caught in a RE video game of sorts when the Tokyo sequence fired up around her (same one from the opening of RE#4, same people, same outcome). This was neat as reality and video game somewhat merges.
A part of the mutation this time around seems to be the mutants are harder to kill and one blow to the head does not necessarily take them out. Alice does wonders with a chain and one handgun to stave off an army of these tougher mutants.
Did you like the 12 foot axeman in RE #4? Try 2! Alice and Ada Wong team up to take them down! This is the New York sequence. Gotta love the subtle humor throughout! We hear the scraping of a big axe being dragged. Ada asks, "Do you know what that is?" Alice responds, "I have an idea!" Indeed she does!
Part of the zombie mutation this time around also seems to be INTELLIGENCE! There was a large bunch of Russian zombies operating vehicles and weapons with no problem (Moscow sequence)!
There was a bit of a love story in this. Alice falls in love with a little girl who mistakes her for her mommy (Suburbia sequence)! Alice's strong bond with the little girl is evident when she chases down and rescues the girl from a giant licker (despite everything about to get blown to kingdom come).
The zombies under ice was about as creepy as you can get. Alice sees them swimming under ice while battling evil Rain (RE#1). Rain falls under ice when Alice blows a hole in it; the zombies swarm up like piranha! One last attempt to break free as she says, "I'm coming for you!" Alice says, "Good luck with that!" as the zombies pull Rain under for good!
Something else different - one of the good guys turned bad.. turns good again! Remember Jill Valentine (RE#2 and very end of RE#4)?
The movie ends with a massive battle scene in progress (humankind versus zombies/dragons/red queen/etc.), and we know where it has to go now - but leaves room for RE#6. Alice and Albert Wesker versus the Red Queen (RE#1)? Perhaps in RE#6 they can get the help of the White Queen (RE#3)!
There is no extra ending this time like RE#4 where the movie picks back up after about a minute of ending credits. There is no final blurb from Alice at the very, very end, such as "Is that any way to treat a lady (RE#4)?!" or "You're just another a****** (RE#3)!" I watched all the credits just to make double sure! No matter, I think there was plenty overall and well worth the time and money spent.
I had seen the movie twice, and liked it even more the second time! There is so much action going on continuously that it's hard to get it all the first time! For sure I'll see more the 3rd time. Constant surprises!
This is definitely a dvd to add to the RE collection!
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Initial post: Oct 25, 2012 5:53:41 AM PDT
What is the order of dvds with Resident Evil? When is this one due to come out on pre-order?
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 26, 2012 6:05:19 PM PST
Alvaro Aguirre says:
Resident Evil / Resident Evil: Apocalypse / Resident Evil: Extinction / Resident Evil: Afterlife / Resident Evil: Retribution
Comes out December 21, but you can pre order now
Posted on Dec 22, 2012 9:17:14 PM PST
Seriously, when you are providing a review of a movie you shouldn't give as much detail [spoiler alerts] as you did in your review. You give way too many direct plot references, which pretty much described would have ruined a good movie for someone looking to reviews to decided if they should watch it. Scale back on the details from the movie if you ever review again.
Posted on Jan 1, 2013 8:39:22 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 1, 2013 8:41:03 PM PST
Jeffrey C. Matthews says:
eah im a HUGE dedicated fan, both games and movies, and this was a piece of trash plain and simple. The production was bad, all of the slow like matrix was just way overly used. The acting was terrible, the story was nonsense, absolutely nonsensical. You can skip this one and watch the next one and still understand the main story. (what ever the next will be) NO character developing what so ever. No real progression in the plot. Total of waste of time, i mean if you must watch and i say that as probably only purist will watch it such as my self then rent it. But don't buy it. Its a waste of money.
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