Sony started off its marketing for the fifth installment in the Resident Evil live-action franchise, sub-titled Retribution (a.k.a. Re5ident Evil: Retribution), with a teaser trailer that pulled double-duty as a light-hearted satire of the company’s advertising for its electronic devices – while still serving as a (shameless?) product plug.
Today, however, we can offer a traditional theatrical promo for the new RE flick, which features the debut of fan-favorite characters from the original video game series, like Ada Wong (Bingbing Li) and Leon Scott Kennedy (Johann Urb). Established RE movie universe players Rain Ocampo (Michelle Rodriguez) and Carlos Oliveira (Oded Fehr) will also be making appearances (among others).
Retribution once again picks up with Alice, as played by iconic action starlet Milla Jovovich (who’s also the wife of RE series writer/director Paul W.S. Anderson, by no coincidence). This new chapter follows Alice as she uncovers dark secrets about her past by exploring the Umbrella Corporation’s “most clandestine operations facility.” Those discoveries eventually propel our heroine on a quest that takes her around the globe, spanning locations such as Tokyo, Moscow, and New York. Alice’s efforts culminate with a game-changing revelation, which forces her to reconsider everything she believed to be true about the zombie virus outbreak that decimated humanity (or so the official Retribution synopsis promises).
Milla Jovovich returns as Alice in 'Resident Evil: Retribution'
The big twists and turns in Retribution presumably spawn from Alice’s discovery that her cheesy happy memories of a life before the zombocalypse are all part of an elaborate conspiracy orchestrated by Umbrella, including the sunglass-wearing villain Albert Wesker (Shawn Roberts). For this writer, it’s kind of difficult to gauge how exactly all these plot elements are being setup to come together – since, following a rapid-fire tease of Alice’s faux past and the storyline for Retribution, the trailer shifts into action overdrive. Plot suddenly becomes a secondary concern to the film’s big selling points: CGI monsters, futuristic flying vehicles, explosive set pieces, and shots that not-so-subtly remind viewers this movie was filmed in 3D.
In other words: Retribution looks to feel like a Paul W.S. Anderson production, in every meaning of the term (good and bad). Chances are, those reading this article already know whether or not they plan to check this flick out on the big screen, and wade even further into the murky mythology of the live-action RE movie universe. If nothing else, there’s always fun to be had watching Jovovich pull off crazy stunts and kill zombified creatures in slow-motion… right?
Resident Evil: Retribution opens in U.S. theaters (2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D) on September 14th, 2012.