I’m not a faithful follower of the games franchise, having played only Resident Evil 3: Nemesis before switching to Parasite Eve, Postal and Left4Dead. But I like horror/slasher/zombie flicks and support the R.E. movie series because it doesn’t pretend to be more than what it simply is — mindless indulgence.
If the project had originally landed in the hands of Neil Marshall (Doomsday, The Descent), potential to kick ass and wow the audience would’ve been higher but I’m not complaining. Milla Jovovich has carried the role of genetically engineered Alice very well and Retribution returns to a familiar legacy. In its sixth installment; there is bad government, mad scientists, a reluctant heroine and her friends set in a post-apocalypse.
The formula exists and over the years, Paul W. S. Anderson has responded to fans’ expectations. I see faithful effort in every movie. There are more references to the original game this time in the vein of Ada Wong, Jill Valentine, Leon S. Kennedy and stylish fight choreography (look out for the scene where Alice battles zombies in Tokyo’s simulation). Even the format progressively emulates the gaming experience, moving from one level to another. I get that the acting, script and plot can come away seeming mindless in appalling taste; but they are guilty pleasures and my views are skewed towards the positive.
Only complaints are Albert Wesker’s (Shawn Roberts) funny accent; the casting of Michelle Rodriguez as Rain Ocampo (I’m a fan and feel that the role failed to do her justice), the lazy execution of her demise and just maybe, not enough zombies.