Resident Evil: Retribution (one unbeatable epic!)
E-value: 10/10 Plot: 10/10 Acting: 10/10(Milla Jovovich), 7/10(other cast) Special point: 10/10 (for the director & writer, Paul W. S. Anderson) “My name is Alice.. and this is my world..,” Alice (a.k.a Milla Jovovich) , Resident Evil: Retribution In this fifth instalment of Resident Evil, human race’s last and the only hope, Alice returns to hunt down for the ones who responsible for the deadly T-Virus outbreak. However when the hostile situation ends up at one terrible cost, once again she is captured and being locked down at the core of the giant underground facility of Umbrella Corporation. After awakened in disorientation by a nightmare, Alice is constantly interrogated and mentally tortured by an old friend of hers in cameo appearance, Jill Valentine(Sienna Guillory). But then something goes awry as the security system of the whole facility mysteriously disabled and releases her to city of ‘Tokyo’(the opening scene in Resident Evil: Afterlife, the 4th film). Somehow the recurrence of T-virus outbreak in the same location takes place. A group of savage zombies chases her down to an intersection of Umbrella’s facility, but she manages to take the fight down to them and survives the hostile attack. Soon, she stumbles upon Ada Wong (Li Bingbing), the only survivor who is held captive by Jill. Alice is told by her that human population is at brink to extinction; Umbrella is currently controlled by what it’s left, a special artificial intelligence called ‘Red Queen’ that runs some kind of primal simulation program. All testing subjects (human duplicates) are being exploited by ‘Red Queen’ into the simulation sets; and incidentally Alice is one of the testing subjects. Aided by a newly found but unlikely cross-ally who’s behind the mission to save last remains of humanity, Alice teams up with her acquaintance, Ada alongside one special strike posse. Together they must fight to reach the surface from the heart of the Umbrella’s underground facility while all the hostile simulation threats are not far behind closing in… This fifth instalment fascinates me on how it churns out the opening scene like a Pandora Box with Alice’s seemingly domestic life on set. And all those runs from primal simulation deadliest threats will eventually lead Alice one step closer to the grand story. Remarkably it is, this grand story absolutely is a jaw dropper and mind blower that makes this latest instalment standouts the rest film of the similar genre. Nonetheless, the downside of this film is Ada, played by Li Bingbing (sorry it isn’t my nature to be mean) – I think she appears like a catnip in the strike posse and also there is a little communication barrier with her faceless expression when doing the talks. I think that Maggie Q (Screen Gems – Priest) would fit in that le femme nikita’s red gown better than Li Bingbing and also she’s fluent in English. Aside from Li Bingbing’s weaknesses, the appearances of Oded Fehr as Carlos Olivera also a little too brief; more development character on his would be better. Action sequences immaculately choreographed, particularly the scene where Alice fights the group of zombies at ‘Tokyo’ and also the ultimate hostile situation in between her and her old friend who turns enemy, Jill Valentine. Soundtracks by the music group tomandandy under Milan Records literally upbeats right up to its notes to exert more adrenaline ride. In a nutshell, my point of view, by far - Resident Evil: Retribution is No. 1 top action pack/horror/suspense sci-fi flick. And rest assured, Paul W. S. Anderson sets the highest bar for his latest instalment of Resident Evil which makes this one the hardest to be beat out – period.