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"RESIDENT EVIL: RETRIBUTION" (R) H
MILLA JOVOVICH, SIENNA GUILLORY AND MICHELLE RODRIGUEZ
Moving ever closer to simply morphing into a video game, this movie series has run out of 1) creativity and 2) any reason to exist.
Except, of course, to feature star Milla Jovovich once again in her tight, black leather jumpsuit. She also runs, shoots, jumps and grimaces through hordes of zombies and storm troopers. Did I mention the tight jumpsuit?
If this film and so many others in the series weren't directed by Jovovich's husband, Paul W.S. Anderson, the series would likely have faded away years ago.
It isn't that the film doesn't have action sequences that are fun to watch, or that Jovovich isn't an appealing star--she almost makes you believe all the jumping and shooting and fighting actually might be possible.
But after putting her character, Alice, through more life-threatening, zombie-filled apocalypse scenarios than you can shake a sword at, enough's enough.
This time out, she wakes up in a massive underwater facility, captured by the omnipresent corporation slowly destroying the world.
Fortunately, a former foe dispatches a team to help break Alice out of her watery prison.
This is where the video game aspect kicks in, as there are multiple areas of this underwater complex where the evil corporation tests their weaponized monsters, and each area is a different virtual world.
So Alice and her friends get to fight their way, level by level, through Tokyo, New York and other recognizable spots.
With multiple weapons, various foes and a slow death toll for the good guys, it feels exactly like the latest combat action game. That will be fun for folks who want a joystick-free gaming experience, but most others will want more of a movie than what is, essentially, a few fights connected by a silly promise.
The worst thing? This film sets up yet another sequel. When we leave our hero, she and the last remnants of good on the planet are holed up in D.C. with hordes of evil slowly closing in.
Since this film topped the box office last year (largely because of a near-total lack of competition) chances are good we'll see this movie again.
HOW WE RATE 'EM
H Don't waste your time.
HH Nothing special
HHHH A must-see