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Resident Evil 5 - Retribution (2012)

Resident Evil 5 - Retribution (2012)

So they did it again, they killed off another one of the characters from the games. This time Barry. Or maybe he wasn't the game-character Barry? It's a whole new universe after all, the movie universe, completely different from the games. And it all ends with the Last Stand. So, I guess there'll be another Resident Evil movie at least, before this whole franchise can finally die down. I'm not saying I didn't enjoy the regular Resident Evil portion of ass-kicking and special effects, but they're going further away from the series for every movie they make. It just gets bigger and bigger, crazier and crazier, worse and worse.

Resident Evil, the original, the movie that started it all, that one was worth watching. It was jumpy, it was intense, and there was plenty of action. It had everything the original games had, including the lack of ammo, the zombies crawling all over the place, the no-safe-zone in a world where surprises lurk around every corner. In other words: perceptible danger.

The movies have gone far far away from that now. When they introduced the clones it went downhill, when Chris died it hit rock bottom. Now, suddenly, none of the former main characters are really dead because obviously there are clones for everyone, and they tried picking some elements (such as the Red Queen) from the original movie (that everybody actually liked) to further fuck around with these likable elements and turn them into something... less likable. The new Red Queen is just... I don't know... it's just on a too large scale to be spooky anymore. This was a good movie, fun to watch, but the whole RE franchise is being blown to shit for every new movie being made. I thought it couldn't get worse after the last one. Yeah, well... it did. Still looking forward to the sequel though. That's the worst part.

 rated 3/5: not bad

October, 2016

Resident Evil 5 - Retribution (2012)

Michelle Rodriguez is back! Confusing, isn't it? Was that all just a dream, or was it brainwashing? Or is it all eventually explained, and made to seem pretty clever even though it's really just an over-complication of the plot? Yeah, probably the latter.

The intro was pretty cool, but after that it all spirals out of control again, and they do their best to build upon something that could've gone some different way entirely! And though I liked this movie in general, I don't like certain details, like the Red Queen made to seem evil - a nemesis of all humanity, taking the place of the suddenly more humane Whesker. Way to make an anti-homage to the first, where the Red Queen's actions were all based on logical deduction. Homicidal, sure, but not evil - that's one small detail that really brings down my otherwise positive impression of this second-to-last segment.

The other detail? Alice being taken in, again, and once again becoming a part of Umbrella's grand experiment. How many times has this happened now? Seems like it's at least once in every movie. And then there's the detail of Wesker going good (though not really). And Ada, Leon, Barry, Jill Valentine... even Luther? I knew about Luther, but bringing together all the other game characters just to make the viewers happy feels a bit much at this stage. Leon doesn't even look like Leon. In this case it isn't the clothes that make the man - it's the actor.

That said, the new characters did make a good entrance, and Barry looked just like the Barry we know. Even some of the voice-acting feels on-point with early in-game dialog name-calling and style. The filming is as stylish as the architecture is impressive. The final fight seemed whimsy at first, but it grows on you. People die like flies though. And then there's humanity's last stand... it feels like Alice just gets tossed from one thing to the next, but I am pretty excited about how the sequel might turn out! It looks... interesting. And if it's one thing the games all have in common, it's a flashy ending - be it feelgood or unwanted. Maybe when the series is complete it won't all be so bad after all.

 rated 4/5: fo shizzle


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