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Milla Jovovich in "Resident Evil: Retribution"; photo courtesy of Screen Gems

“Resident Evil: Retribution” (Screen Gems)

“Resident Evil: Retribution” takes us once again to the futuristic world of Alice (Milla Jovovich). She is still fighting the Umbrella Corporation and their evil virus that kills and then creates the undead. Alice was once injected with the virus but for some strange reason it just gave her more power. Now she fights on in this latest member of the “Resident Evil” franchise, which began as an adaptation of a video game.

In 2002 the first “Resident Evil” was shown in movie screens across America. It was an instant hit and made Jovovich a star. Now she reappears as Alice, the super woman who is almost indestructible. This new film takes up just where 2010’s “Resident Evil: Afterlife” left off.

Alice is on a ship that is under attack. She blacks out and when she wakes she is in suburbia with her husband and daughter. This tranquility doesn’t last long for soon the family is under attack from a group of zombies. This battle leads to another situation and then another and another. If the “Resident Evil” movies are about anything it is action.

Jovovich’s Alice is believable in all the fights she does. She also has a sneaky sense of humor and a passion for her cause. In this film she is joined at times by Jill (Sienna Guillory) and Rain (Michelle Rodriguez). The male leads in the film are Luther West (Boris Kodjoe) and Todd/Carlos (Oded Fehr).

The storyline in this movie is so convoluted it is difficult to follow. Plus some of the actors play good guys in one scene and bad guys in others. It is all part of the Umbrella Corporation plot. I am sure there is someone out there who understands every statement and nuance of the script but that someone is not me.

It is easy however to just enjoy the movies for the action. There are a lot of chases, gunfights and blowing up of things. All of the actors in the film seem to be in top physical shape and make it all fun to watch.

The film is rated R fort profanity and violence.

If you enjoyed the previous “Resident Evil” incarnations you will almost definitely like this one too. It may not challenge your brain but it will have a visceral pull to its action sequences.

I scored “Resident Evil: Retribution” an inhabited 5 out of 10.



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