When Resident Evil: Retribution originally came out if I was writing this review it would have been a purely negative experience. I was just as let down with the movie as I had been with the franchise as of late. Having just seen it again on BluRay my opinion has slightly changed. While it’s not the most amazing film to have ever been released it’s not nearly as bad as the last few that have come out. Honestly watching it a second time let me actually get some enjoyment out of the movie.
We start the film right where Afterlife ended. We are given a few minutes into the future, a quick flashback, and we see a sequence of events that lead to the mess of the film we are now falling into. The ‘safe’ ship that they had come to, Arcadia and are showing how where they went to safety was even worse off than they had thought. After a full on attack of the vessel we get a scene change to what looks like the perfect little peaceful suburb where Alice is now… a house wife? Watching her husband get killed by a zombie in front of her? Wait.. what?
We’re quickly clued into the fact that this is a testing ground for the Umbrella Corporation where they were showing how the zombie outbreak would look like in various cities around the world. Yes it was being marketed as a biological weapon to various countries across the globe before the ‘incident‘ at Raccoon City. The system seems to be mass cloning people for these scenarios to keep running and one might ask where all of the clones come from? Well from people we’ve seen in past films now dead!
We are also introduced to Leon Kennedy who looks AMAZINGLY like he did in the video game and is played by quite the bad ass.
What’s actually going on? The Red Queen is still alive and once again we get to hear her lovely little “You’re all going to die down here” quote. Unfortunately they don’t dwell too much on her actual plan aside from attaching Washington DC where Albert Wesker (who hasn’t died) has apparently gathered the last of humanity in order to hold off the forces being unleashed by the crazy little AI who has a grudge against her creators. Honestly the overall plot is told in 2 segments in the span of 5 minutes. This really should bug me, it did the first time I watched the movie, this time though? I enjoyed it.
Honestly with the return of actual zombies and some of the cast members I ha enjoyed seeing in the past it was a lot more fun than I had remembered. Don’t get me wrong it was by no means a great movie but it’s not as bad as the last few and could be considered a fun popcorn flick with zombies if nothing else. At least for the most part we don’t get unrealistic Resident Evil non-zombies to contend with, it’s back on with hordes of the undead being laid to waste in over the top action sequences.