December 31, 2013.

This blog is now closed. After three years and 311 posts, I have decided to end this blog. I have enjoyed watching the films, reviewing them, and interacting with global readers.

If you are interested in contacting me, you can do so by commenting on any of the posts. The blog will remain live on the web.
Thank you to all the readers for your comments, ideas, and thoughts. They were helpful, stimulating, and enriching. This is Alene, signing off.

November 9, 2012

Resident Evil: Retribution (2012)

When it's over, I only recommend you see this film if you have already seen the previous four, otherwise, don't bother with this fifth instalment.  Paul W.S. Anderson writes and directs the continuing story of Alice (Milla Jovoich) and the Umbrella Corporation, the agency responsible for unleashing the T-Virus into civilization causing the rise of the undead. In this film, Alice finds herself in an underwater research facility in Russia, where simulations using clones are used to study the virus. The premise of clones opens doors to all kinds of possibilities and none of which are good. Anderson takes advantage of this storyline to bring back some key characters who died in films 1-3, including Michelle Rodriguez, Colin Salmon, and Oded Fehr. I was disappointed in this film for two reasons. One, the characters being brought back were good characters whose death had meaning in the previous films and by bringing them back to life, even as clones, tarnishes the memory of their importance in the fight against the Umbrella Corporation. Two, I thought the ending of the fourth film, Afterlife (2010)  was a good ending to a very successful franchise, but with the addition of Retribution, I, now, feel the story is continuing for the sake of profits.  Truly, some stories are meant to end and should.  

My rating: 2.5 out of 5


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