Resident Evil: Retribution (2012) No Spoiler Review

An Average Movie-Goer’s Review

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I love horror movies and if I’m going to watch them anyway, why not write an entertaining/funny review from the POV of an average movie-goer and not a professional critic.

Today we’re looking at the 5th installment of Paul W. S. Anderson’s Resident Evil series: 2012’s Resident Evil: Retribution

After Alice (Milla Jovovich) is captured by Umbrella, an old enemy sends a team to break her out but first, they must survive the dangers within the Umbrella facility

Is Resident Evil: Retribution (2012) Scary?

Nah, some of the monster designs are pretty gory but if you’ve seen the previous movies, it’s nothing new.

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Resident Evil: Retribution is okay but only if you’ve seen the previous movies which were not good. This of course is if you’re not really a fan of these movies, if you’re a fan of these movies, you’ll love this one. Admittingly I like these movies for being dumb action zombie movies that take from one of my favorite video game series. Don’t get me wrong, they’re bad movies but they can be fun if you just feel like having junk food and there’s nothing wrong with that.

It feels like Paul W.S. Anderson finally played the games as he brings in multiple fan-favorite characters who actually act like their video game counterparts, unlike Chris Redfield in the previous film. There are also a lot of easter eggs to the games, references to its previous films, and actually maintains continuity with the previous films which is why if you like the previous films, you’ll love this one.

This movie also has a noticeably somewhat good main musical theme except that it’s used so frequently that by the end you won’t like it. The story writing appears to have gotten better compared to previous films so it’s not saying much.

The dialogue is just as bad as in previous films but the acting has gotten slightly better. There are some acting choices that are noticeably not good. Action sequences are good but once again slightly ruined by the director’s need to constantly cut to a new angle. There are also random slow-motion shots of characters looking dramatically at something happening. It’s annoying and ruins the pace.

Overall I can only recommend Resident Evil: Retribution if you like the other movies, I do think this is one of the better ones as it feels like it’s building up to something instead of just groups of survivors wandering around.


Stuff to Ignore

Rotten Tomatoes – 28%

Metacritic – 39

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