Everyone has their guilty pleasures when it comes to movies. Whether it is a stupid comedy or a big, dumb, loud action movie, many love a film that many others might hate.
For me, one of those guilty pleasures is the “Resident Evil” film series.
The films, loosely based off of the Capcom video games, follow Alice (Milla Jovovich), a young woman who fights against legions of the undead who caused a virus to be accidentally unleashed by the Umbrella Corporation.
In this latest installment, “Resident Evil: Retribution,” the film picks up immediately where the last one, “Resident Evil: Afterlife,” left off. Alice has been captured by the Umbrella Corporation and is trapped in the Arctic Circle base.
She soon breaks out of captivity with the help of a group of rebel freedom human fighters, led by Leon S. Kennedy, a fan favorite from the video games.
Now, Alice must fight her way out of the base all while avoiding former friend, Jill Valentine (Sienna Guillory), her team of clone soldiers, and of course, legions of monsters and the undead.
With the “Resident Evil” films, I am usually pretty lenient and open-minded because I know what I’m getting into. When going into a “Resident Evil” movie, you have to keep a few things in mind.
One is to keep the movies and the games separate. Now, I may not play the “Resident Evil” games often, but I do know that the movies and the games are nothing alike save for a few characters (Leon S. Kennedy, Jill Valentine, and Albert Wesker) and a few monsters (the giant monster with the huge ax from “Resident Evil 5”).
Other than that, the stories in the movies have nothing to do with the stories in the games.
The second thing one must realize going into a “Resident Evil” film is that the movie is not going to be an Oscar-winning film.
If you go into this movie thinking that you will be seeing a film with gripping performances, beautiful scenery and camera shots and heart-stopping action….leave the theater immediately and go watch a different movie because you will not find it here.
All you will find is a film where you can turn your brain off while you watch people fight the undead.
Though the acting in this movie is pretty terrible, it is entertaining to watch.
The only one who does any actual decent acting is Jovovich, returning in her signature role as Alice. Jovovich doesn’t show any major acting chops but she does spew some funny one liners.
At one point, she has to protect this young little girl who believes Alice to be her mother. Here, Jovovich shows a softer, motherly side.
It is a nice change to see a different side of this character rather than the whole “I shoot people with a gun and do crazy martial arts” aspect of her.
Though Kevin Durand (“Lost,” “X-Men Origins: Wolverine,” “Wild Hogs”), did not have a lot of screen time, it was a ton of fun to watch him as Barry Burton, another character from the games.
It was also entertaining to see Michelle Rodriguez, Oded Fehr and Colm Meaney return in their roles as Rain Ocampo, Carlos Oliveira and James Shade, all of whom have appeared in previous films.
Also, the action in this film was well done. The director, Paul W.S. Anderson, is a visual director and generally directs action scenes well.
His trademark is his use of slow motion but surprisingly, there wasn’t a lot of it in this film. Not all of the action scenes were spectacular, but kept me interested enough.
One of the film’s biggest problems is Guillory as Jill Valentine. She was absolutely horrendous in this movie. Her character is just emotionless.
The way Guillory speaks her dialogue...absolutely cringe-worthy.
She is by far the worst actress in the entire movie. The other major problem I have with this movie is the ending.
I will not spoil the ending of the film with details because I can’t – the movie just ends. The ending was sudden and felt rushed, though it did leave room for another film to be released.
Overall, is “Resident Evil: Retribution” a good movie? Absolutely not. Is it terrible? Yes, though it is one of those films that is so bad it’s good!
It is a movie where you can get together with your friends and just sit down, laugh, tear the movie apart and have a good time.