‘Resident Evil: Retribution’ Threatens The Human Race
In a last roll of the dice for the world and the human race to defeat The Umbrella Corporation’s deadly T-virus in Resident Evil: Afterlife, Alice delves deeper into the heart of Umbrella’s clandestine operations facility in a bid to discover just who is to blame for the outbreak of the virus.
The film, already released in the United States, sneaked to the top of the US Box Office, taking an estimated $21.1m in its opening weekend. Not only does the return of Milla Jovovich to our cinema screens set pulses racing, the continued attempts from the resistance movement to overthrow Umbrella and avenge the undead are truly captivating.
As Alice continues to hunt those responsible for the outbreak of the T-virus, Resident Evil: Retribution takes her on a journey across Tokyo, New York, Washington D.C. and Moscow, as she bids to survive the virus long enough to save the human race and escape the clutches of a broken world on the brink of oblivion.
Arguably the best scene in the film is set in a suburban neighborhood, in which an Alice clone and her deaf daughter fight off a horde of gruesome zombies in a dramatic fight scene with enough thrills and spills to feed your thirst for gore!
As the real Alice escapes the Umbrella facility she encounters a battle on two fronts – Las Plagas zombies with their weird mandible mouths and the armed Umbrella troops searching for her to bring her back to the Corporation.
Perhaps the most disappointing aspect of the film is its apparent The Matrix-esque choreography that now appears somewhat dated in comparison to such films of earlier years. The stunts, encapsulating 3D and harrowing T-virus zombies should more than make up for this however.
Interestingly, each Resident Evil film has earned more than its predecessor. The video game-adapted franchise appears to be alive and kicking with the original grossing $102.4 million globally in 2002 and the last release, Resident Evil: Afterlife grossing $296.2 million worldwide back in 2010.
However, film commentators predict that Resident Evil: Retribution may not build upon this trend with the 3D fad beginning to wane amongst movie goers. However, its main source of income will derive from international territories and us zombie fanatics who continue to lap up bombastic Hollywood film making.
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