Movie Review: Resident Evil, Retribution 2012

Friday, September 14, 2012

Alice in Umbrella Land

The name is Alice, and this is her story. [Major Spoiler Alert]

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True to its gaming franchise, Resident Evil has been one of the popular franchises around and with the film adaptation, it has gone viral and it is not the “T-Virus”. Milla Jovovich plays the fictional character and primary heroine of the film series, “Alice” which she goes blank with no memories, gets down into hellish nightmare (reference to the first Resident Evil film which has several references connection Alice in Wonderland especially the not so friendly, Red Queen) goes guns blazing over those zombie, getting battered by a zombie that is ten times of size, having genetically altered physiology that gives the enhanced abilities (which later been cured of it), having her genetic material extracted and cloned (for the claimed “research purpose”), going back to being human and now, she is back with a meaner, deadlier, and leather tight suit that is just oozing with hotness. Joining the cast is newcomer, Li BingBing as Ada Wong, the covert operative with Umbrella Corporation. The sexy Sienna Guillory reprises the role as Jill Valentine which in this sequel had joined the dark side. Michelle Rodriquez which is back to reprise her role not only as Rain, the tough mean girl attitude that you would love to go out and grab a beer with but also play other characters as clones in this sequel. There will be some returning characters which might not be how you would imagine them to be.

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The movie picks up where it left off after the last scene in Resident Evil: Afterlife where Alice is onboard the ship “Arcadia” and a whole bunch of survivors (namely K-Mart & Claire Redfield) facing a swarm of helicopters, armed to kill with the former comrade, Jill Valentine commanding the strike force to incinerate the former. With great powers, comes great help but due to her powers removed by Albert Wesker, the antagonist in Afterlife, Alice had fully revert back to being human and left to survive with skills and lots of guns. The ensuring scenes would depict from the game itself, where players will have to scavenge for basic survival items and hurry past the horde Bio-Hazard zombies before proceeding to the following stage on various scenario and settings (The scene where Alice escaped from the holding cell and onwards to the “Tokyo Scenario” till the next scenario).

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As the story progress, the computer AI dubbed as the “Red Queen” had apparently survived from the first film and is hell bent on capturing Alice (Dubbed as “Project Alice”) alive if possible and dead if necessary as her genetic coding is unique that bonds with the T-Virus down to the cellular level and poses no threat on further mutation but the next stage of evolution. Enter the rescue team which comprises on the likes of Ada Wong, Leon S. Kennedy, and Luther West. The rescue gone sour as the hordes of zombies is released to deter the rescue mission. Most of the rescue member is taken out one by one that effectively narrow the down number. Trouble brews where a little girl named Becky (Played by Aryana Engineer) appears out of nowhere and identifying Alice as her mother which apparently during the scenario was imprinted the false memory about Alice being her mother. Maternal instinct taken over, Alice is hell bent on keeping the child safe if meant breaking every bone in her body during the process. Follow the action from one scenario to another scenario with the Bio Hazard threats tagging along with the ride. Alice would need every ounce of strength and utilize every skill at her disposal if she wants to survive the hellish nightmare together with young Becky.

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The action and fight sequence is packed from the start towards the end. Guns are human’s best companion in this post apocalyptic world. As the for the fight sequence, it has mixed martial arts blend and incorporates Muay Thai (Thai Kick boxing) as well. Great writing and directing by director, Paul W.S Anderson to incorporate from all the previous films into one explosive sequel. image

However, I still prefer the previous resident evil as more surprising plot and move. I will not reveal too much, so don’t forget to catch Resident Evil: Retribution in cinema near you TODAY. Do let me know how do you feel about it later.

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