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Resident Evil: Retribution (2012)

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Average Rating: 4.5/10
Reviews Counted: 65
Fresh: 20 | Rotten: 45

Another predictable entry in the Resident Evil franchise that seems to get more cynical and lazy with each film.

17

Average Rating: 3.7/10
Critic Reviews: 12
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 10

Another predictable entry in the Resident Evil franchise that seems to get more cynical and lazy with each film.

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Average Rating: 3.3/5
User Ratings: 240,532

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The Umbrella Corporation's deadly T-virus continues to ravage the Earth, transforming the global population into legions of the flesh eating Undead. The human race's last and only hope, Alice (Milla Jovovich), awakens in the heart of Umbrella's most clandestine operations facility and unveils more of her mysterious past as she delves further into the complex. Without a safe haven, Alice continues to hunt those responsible for the outbreak; a chase that takes her from Tokyo to New York,

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Action & Adventure

Paul W.S. Anderson

Dec 21, 2012

$42.3M

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The script is incoherent and the acting is terrible -- avatars would have been an improvement.

September 17, 2012 Full Review Source: Newsday | Comments (9)
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Thuddingly awful.

September 17, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Comments (10)
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Some sequels suggest that no one involved with a franchise really cares anymore.

September 17, 2012 Full Review Source: Variety | Comments (3)
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A zombie plague may have laid waste the world, but apparently supplies of black leather unitards have yet to be exhausted.

September 15, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Times | Comments (16)
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During the film's final sequence the director explains all while also suggesting that the franchise's nuttiest days are, remarkably, yet to come.

September 14, 2012 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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The acting is sometimes shockingly bad, but generally the script doesn't ask much of the actors, and the combat is effectively staged and often thrilling.

September 14, 2012 Full Review Source: AV Club | Comments (2)
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Anderson is often mistakenly dismissed as a hack but the artist is actually working within the confines of Hollywood genre cinema, constantly transcending and elevating it through the triumph of his avant-garde visual sensibility.

December 29, 2013 Full Review Source: Platform

Any unfortunate souls who wander in with no prior Resident Evil experience will wonder how something this anemic and shallow was ever popular. You and me both, friends.

July 17, 2013 Full Review Source: Twitch

Looks are absolutely everything in Retribution, which melds stunning 3-D computer-graphics and spectacular sets with a skimpy storyline and zero characterization.

February 15, 2013 Full Review Source: Georgia Straight

More high-calorie, low-sense, audiovisual CGI stimulation arrives in the form of this fifth and most roundly unsatisfying entry in the previously lithe and fun videogame franchise.

February 7, 2013 Full Review Source: Screendaily
Screendaily

It has a Rolls with spinning hub caps - what more do you want?

January 18, 2013 Full Review Source: Sci-Fi Movie Page
Sci-Fi Movie Page

More of the same idiotic swill that Anderson feeds his numbskull fan base.

January 10, 2013 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

It's a funny thing about Jovovich as Alice: she gives the character just enough personality, but not enough to break the somber apocalyptic mood.

December 17, 2012 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

The Resident Evil films are not everyone's bag, although they seem to be evolving into their own brand of hyper-stylized cheese, made more extreme with each outing.

October 19, 2012 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

"Retribution" has actually got some very decent action and 3D effects. The story is still razor-thin. But, by the end of it all, I was ready for the next sequel, the presumed finale.

October 8, 2012 Full Review Source: Movie Chambers
Movie Chambers

For those of us who know what we're in for with the series, the fifth installment is for better or worse, more of the same - albeit with the familiar levels of ridiculousness from its maddeningly inconsistent director/writer

October 6, 2012 Full Review Source: Lyles' Movie Files
Lyles' Movie Files

You can put as much gloss on top of the shaky foundations and wooden acting as possible but as soon becomes apparent - you can't varnish a turd.

October 5, 2012 Full Review Source: HeyUGuys | Comments (2)

If you liked the other Resident Evil films, you'll like this, and the end suggests there'll be plenty more.

October 3, 2012 Full Review Source: Birmingham Post
Birmingham Post

The ending threatens yet more. Let's hope the fates intervene and put Paul and Milla in divorce court before then.

September 30, 2012 Full Review Source: The Ooh Tray | Comment (1)
The Ooh Tray

More than ever, forgoes real attempts at character and story for lots of repetitive zombie skirmishes.

September 28, 2012 Full Review Source: SFX Magazine
SFX Magazine

Resident Evil: Retribution is style-over-substance in every possible definition of the concept.

September 27, 2012 Full Review Source: ScreenRant
ScreenRant

Even noisier, more incoherent, and more like watching someone play a shooter-style video game than its predecessors.

September 27, 2012 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

While the last movie felt clean and more character-focused, this one seems a good deal lazier, both in the writing and directing departments.

September 26, 2012 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

'Regurgitation' might be a more appropriate subtitle for this redundant fifth go-round...

September 21, 2012 Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Containing almost no story, Resident Evil: Retribution shows the series' video-game origin more than ever.

September 21, 2012 Full Review Source: Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA) | Comments (7)
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)

Nobody goes to a Resident Evil movie expecting a classic but this fifth entry in the series is just plain cruddy.

September 21, 2012 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Audience Reviews for Resident Evil: Retribution

It's still a guilty pleasure but they are flogging a dead horse a bit now. I liked the way found a way to re-introduce past fan favorites such as Michelle Rodriguez and Colin Salmon but the idea of using different places to test Zombie invasions wasn't explored enough and the whole thing was a wasted opportunity and a half-hearted copy of the first 4 films. A bit lazy and a bit boring now, we need something new for the franchise to survive.
June 3, 2013
SirPant

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Terrible. No more please.....
April 28, 2013
itsjustme2004

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Well I hate to say this but you really do need knowledge of the videogame and all previous four films to understand what goes on here. This franchise is one long story and I must say its been handled well with great continuity and an exciting plot, a real hook to the chops that drags you in.

The plot continues yet again from the cliff hanger ending of the previous installment, once more invincible 'Alice' is running from the 'Umbrella Corp' and trying to save mankind. Once again she has a new team of allies to get splatted and eaten one by one as, yet again, she escapes another 'Umbrella facility', this time under the sea.

You do get the impression they have run out of ideas for this new film. All the previous films have a memorable setting, almost like levels in a videogame believe it or not. The first film was in the 'Umbrella Hive facility', second film was a suburban setting in 'Raccoon City', third film was a desert setting and the fourth film was in a prison setting. This new film is just in another 'Umbrella facility' which happens to be under the sea, but that's it, they toss in lots of other testing zones within the facility just to show as many zombie battle locations as possible which seems cheap.

I also didn't really like the inclusion of old characters from past films in zombie/clone form. Again this just seemed a little cheap trying to revive past success (sort of success) from the previous films by sticking in the old characters.

In my previous reviews I have mentioned that these films have pretty much copied the basic 'Aliens' survival plot with a team of...survivors. Funnily enough this new fifth film actually goes one step further by giving us a 'Ripley and Newt' subplot rip off right down to even copying an alien...errr I mean 'Licker' pinching 'Alice's' little girl and cocooning her!. We then get an almost identical dialog sequence with 'Alice' telling 'West' the kid is still alive and she's going after her like it or not. Oh and a mechanical 'facehugger' bit too. Jesus Anderson lets not actually steal scenes now!.

Speaking of the 'Licker', this giant one is actually pretty cool, looks down right nasty and bites peoples heads off with spurting blood!, nice. The CGI wasn't too bad either, its just in the end its a complete anti climax once invincible 'Alice' finds it.

The new team for zombie chow time isn't as good as previous films either. They don't last too long for starters so we don't get to know them, they're just a small team of blokes who are trying too hard to be butch. 'Leon' is crafted well and looks like his videogame counterpart but my god does the actor try for the Eastwood thing. The only other guy of interest is 'Barry' who isn't as pretty as 'Leon' but much more guff and gritty but both of course have huge arms, why wouldn't they?. The other two guys we find out nothing and don't see much either, where as 'Alice's' new best friend 'Ada Wong' is a nice sexy double act for the chaps. She does everything in a dinner dress too! (doesn't she ever get cold in that?! she's in the Arctic!).

This is probably the most videogame-like film of the franchise with its internal test zones and duplicated characters all over the shop. It doesn't hold in your memory like the previous films with its bland setting plus there's the usual plot issues like why 'Wesker' wants to now help mankind, I thought he was a super mutant monster thingy and how come the zombies are now almost intelligent to the point where they can hunt underwater!. Isn't that kinda checkmate in terms of places left to go?. 'Las Plagas parasite'? you see you gotta know the game background somewhat, or so I've read.

Of course by now we all know not to look into these things too much with this series. In terms of action, excitement, violence and plot surprisingly, this film does deliver. I must also admit to LOVING that final sequence from the White House, surely most people got a kick outta that enticing visual tease, looked like 'LOTR' for the horror genre, my interest levels are rising.
February 18, 2013
phubbs1

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11/02/2013 (Online)
February 10, 2013
EightThirty

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    1. Leon S. Kennedy: Told you she'd have a plan.
    2. Alice: Only the two of you?
    3. Jill Valentine: It'll be enough.
    – Submitted by James W (8 months ago)
    1. Becky: I met your sister. She's not very nice.
    – Submitted by Josť Diogo M (14 months ago)
    1. Alice: Hey boys! Bad idea.
    – Submitted by Steven V (15 months ago)
    1. Barry Burton: I'm kind of enjoying this.
    – Submitted by Jacinta L (18 months ago)
    1. Rain: You can't kill me!
    2. Alice: I don't need to...
    – Submitted by Chris S (19 months ago)
    1. Rain: What's with the S&M get up?
    – Submitted by Chris S (19 months ago)
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