New ‘Resident Evil: Retribution’ Clip & TV Spots: Alice’s Fight Goes Global

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In an age where superhero movies strive to root comic book characters in tangible worlds and circumstances, most video game adaptations continue to celebrate their pulpy origins. No series typifies this approach more than Resident Evil – and the new installment, Retribution, relishes unadulterated ludicrous entertainment (or guilty pleasure cinema, if you prefer).

Take, for example, the clip (see above) where Milla Jovovich’s Alice teams with a new ally - red-clad agent Ada Wong (Bingbing Li), a longtime popular character of the video games – while taking on Executioners during a pitstop in Tokyo. Add a couple more exaggerated sound effects and it’s practically a live-action Saturday morning cartoon, for better and/or worse.

Paul W.S. Anderson wrote, directed, and produced this installment, mixing together ingredients recycled from his last two collaborations with wife Jovovich (Resident Evil: Afterlife and The Three Musketeers). That includes: in-your-face 3D, Jovovich defying gravity in slow-motion, and a supporting cast with their tongues embedded firmly in-cheek, but still playing it straight.

Early Retribution footage affirms that Jovovich is as invulnerable onscreen as ever, even while her personal fight against the Umbrella Corporation takes her on a trip around the globe. At Comic-Con, Anderson indicated the scale has likewise been heightened, as far as the battle between Alice’s underground resistance and armies of mindless T-Virus zombies is concerned. New TV spots, below, back that idea:




Fan input played an important role in sculpting the storyline for Retribution, setting the stage for characters from the Resident Evil video games to debut as live-action players – including, Ada Wong and Leon Scott Kennedy (Johann Urb). Familiar faces like Rain Ocampo (Michelle Rodriguez), Luther West (Boris Kodjoe), and Jill Valentine (Sienna Guillory) are back, but not necessarily as allies for Alice. Here is the synopsis, for the uninitiated:

The Umbrella Corporation’s deadly T-virus continues to ravage the Earth, transforming the global population into legions of the flesh eating Undead. The human race’s last and only hope, Alice (Milla Jovovich), awakens in the heart of Umbrella’s most clandestine operations facility and unveils more of her mysterious past as she delves further into the complex. Without a safe haven, Alice continues to hunt those responsible for the outbreak; a chase that takes her from Tokyo to New York, Washington, D.C. and Moscow, culminating in a mind-blowing revelation that will force her to rethink everything that she once thought to be true. Aided by newfound allies and familiar friends, Alice must fight to survive long enough to escape a hostile world on the brink of oblivion. The countdown has begun.

The opposition is also deadlier, as the disgusting Lickers and powerful Las Plagas parasites get to make an appearance this time. Retribution manages to weave all these elements together with a storyline that further convolutes the mythology of these films – but is also meant to setup Anderson’s sixth (and, supposedly, final) Resident Evil movie.

Resident Evil: Retribution opens in U.S. theaters (2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D) on September 14th, 2012.

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  1. not a fan of the games but love the films. Can’t wait for this one to come out. only 26 days left :D

  2. DUDE, these movies are TERRIBLE! I imagine the fans of these movies are also die hard Pro Wrestling fans. I wish I had the dough so I could cash in on them as well. I would direct a movie called ‘ass’, like in ‘Idiocracy’

    • You are too hard on these movies and you forget that people can have an eclectic taste. Just because we can enjoy this mindful action schlock it doesn’t mean that we don’t appreciate great movies like Drive, Citizen Kane or *enter your favourite arthouse film here*. It certainly doesn’t mean that we are retarded trailer park dwellers who are totally into wrestling and monster trucks. It just means that we pick different kinds of movies for different moods. I think one can only win by having a wide range of taste.

      “Idiocracy” is a strange movie, by the way. On the one hand it wants to make fun and criticize the stupidity in today’s media and audiences, but on the other hand it resorts to tons of low brow humor and thus is part of the problem it tries to address.

      • * “mindless” not “mindful”. These comments need an edit function. ;)

    • What does that have to do with anything?

      I’m a die hard pro wrestling fan, have been the 28 years of my existence and always will be but I’ve always hated the Resident Evil movies.

      Not that the two things have anything to do with each other. I assume you were looking to insult those who do enjoy it by finding another generalised and ridiculous comment to make and the first thing your pea brain thought of was wrestling. Correct?

      Two pro wrestlers at least are smarter than you could ever be (I’m gonna take the same “I’ll insult without knowing a damn thing about who I’m insulting” stance that you did). Raven has an IQ of 145 and MsChif works a regular job in a forensic science lab when she isn’t wrestling. What do you do?

      • Exactly, I don’t like wrestling but have enjoyed the Resident Evil films for what they are, just a bit of mindless action.

        I don’t take them too seriously, films of this nature aren’t meant to be taken seriously anyway, like wrestling they’re just a bit of escapism, and they have one thing in common, really good stunts!


  3. It was horrible enough after the second. If God exist, he would never allow this to happen.

  4. That’s just how it works… once you play the games or read the comic or book, you suddenly have all these expectations of what a movie or tv adaptation should be. You want everything to be exactly the same as the source but it never is. That doesn’t make it bad, it makes it different. A lot of the time if you ask someone who had played the games they will tell you the movies suck, yet if you ask someone who hasn’t played the games, they will tell you they are good. I personally find the Resident Evil movies enjoyable, and apparently so do a lot of other people since this is really the only movie franchise based off a game to survive.

    • I get your point but this IS resident evil we’re talking about haha. Oh and Silent Hill and Tomb Raider are both modestly successful franchises. Mortal Kombat is still around in live action form as well. As someone who has played the games and seen the films, I find it lamentable that the film franchise does not closely mirror the plot of the game series. Oh well, it’s easy to ignore.

  5. So bad. Redone Axeman fights scenes from Afterlife…OH NOW THERE’S TWO OF THEM.

    At least make a good action movie…

  6. those clips furthered my point in that these clowns have no idea what the hell they’re making anymore, screwing up continuity with the games and movies themselves aside, the action looks downright terrible and cliché, acting is horrific to say the least and the story for these so called ‘survival’ movies is so watered down and trashy that they make the sci-fi channel animal horror movies look like master pieces.

    people saying ‘it’s good old fun’ do not deserve an opinion towards anything b/c there are a ton of other movies out there that are way more ‘fun’ and properly put together then this trashy aimed at kids franchise.

    i hope both the director and the main star (forget her name) leave hollywood for good, neither are talented at anything they do and are just wasting everyone’s time with trashy c grade ‘movies’.

    • and why should we listen toy your opinion? who made you god and king over all movies and what people are allowed to like? …and the horse you rode in on.

  7. The first poster… Mikey… is he a real person? or a plant to hype this movie up??

    • i’m real lol

      • I’m real too!

        and I liked the RE films. all of them.
        it’s just mindless popcorn fun.

        I already have to think far too much at my work. I enjoy turning the ol’ brain off every once in a while.

    • i’m real lol.

  8. just for fun, I’m going into a comment section on a film franchise i dont like and make fun of the people who enjoy it. of course there are better things i could be doing, but i feel my time is best spent degrading someone who has done nothing wrong, except like something i dont.

    This is what, film number five in the franchise? film studios dont make that many films unless people are watching consistently. these films arent citizen cain, but they never try to be. they do exactly what they set out to do. and they do it well. perfect popcorn flick. no thinking required. just sit down and switch off for two hours.

    And yes, i do play and love the games. but lets not pretend they are any more complex or require any deep thinking either.

  9. man,that is soo oover thee toopp,but i will have my nearly 2 hours mindless -resident evil-fun. you get,what you see ! : )

  10. Didn’t Alice lose her powers at the end of the last one?

    • I was under that impression as well, on the tilt-rotor he injected her with a cure, and just before he was going to finish her off she says:

      Alice “Thank you”
      Wesker “For what?”
      Alice “For curing me”

  11. I think she just lost her mental powers, not her physical powers.

    Also, I don’t mind these movies, they are not the best, I still think structurally number 1 was the best, but I have seen them all and for some good basic action fun I think they are OK.

    Can’t be to hard on them.

    • Exactly! Who ever came out and said they were going to win an Oscar for a Resident Evil movie?

      • Have you seen Ultraviolet?

        Not a bad actioner also starring Jovovich.

  12. It has Milla Jovovich in a skintight leather suit. That’s instant classic right there. But it has zombies and lots of fighting too. So that’s even better and then they even throw in a little story and a small bit of characterization. That’s just great cinema.

    • Damn just watched again. Michelle Rodriguez too. If there is a fight between her and Milla! Well we are just talking the finest movie ever made.

      You guys need to get off your high horses and learn to enjoy the finer things in life. Get a big bucket of popcorn and throw the corn away. Cut a hole in the bottom and enjoy this movie the way it was meant to be enjoyed. Make sure to get extra butter on the popcorn. Lubrication never hurts. Literally.

  13. These movies are butt. I didn’t mind the first two but 3 and 4 were horrible. I can appreciate Milla Jovovich in skin tight out fits or wearing pieces of paper just as much as the next guy, but I can’t appreciate or excuse horrible filmmaking. Paul W. S. Anderson and Michael Bay need to be marooned on some deserted island in the middle of the South Pacific where the only people they can inflict their horrible story ideas and “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” directing style is themselves. I wish Capcom would just turn the first 3 games into CG movies that follows the story of said games with no influence from the movies or Resident Evil 4 and 5. They did it with Resident Evil: Degeneraation and that was pretty enjoyable.

    • Here’s something I’ve always wondered. If this movie were made exactly the same way scene for scene, but it had a fan favorite directors name on it. Maybe a Joss Whedon or J.J. Abrams or a Phillip Nolan. Would it get the same condemnation? Or would it be praised or at least get an “It’s alright but not great” verdict?

      I sometimes get the feeling that Michael Bay and Paul Anderson and certain other directors could make an absolute masterpiece and it would be panned.
      Where the fan favorites could make a complete piece of crap and get an ok on it.

  14. I find something really wrong with your statement. “…most video game adaptations continue to celebrate their pulpy origins. No series typifies this approach more than Resident Evil…”

    The Resident Evil movies are as far from their video game origins as anything I’ve ever seen. Have you played the games?

    They were survival horror with mystery and strategy tied into it. Your weapons were limited, your actions were slow and restrained, and fighting was limited to short bursts of trying to survive.

    Most of the time you had maybe two guns, with about 20 rounds combined. You had to find clues and figure out a way to progress from your location.

    The games were slower paced, tension packed, and had a certain mood to them. The movies, on the other hand, are faced paced action involving superhuman characters. There is no suspense, no tension, no horror survival mood to it. Where’s the obstacles? Where’s the characters strategy?

    They simply could have changed some of the names, especially the “Racoon City” and the “Umbrella Corporation”, and sold the movies as an original action/zombie/superhero series. And they should have.

    Let someone really create a Resident Evil movie. Emphasize atmosphere and suspense. No 80′s action heroes (Jovovich). It should be an edge-of-the-seat thriller. Not an over the top action flick.

    I don’t hate the movies for themselves…I just hate that they used the Resident Evil title and names. And completely disregarded what the games were.