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Review: Resident Evil: Retribution

First things first: it’s best to leave your brain at the door for this stylish yet substance-free thrill ride.

Slipping back into spandex yet again: Milla Jovovich


Let’s be honest, you don’t see a Resident Evil film to stretch your mind, and Retribution, the umpteenth entry in the zombie-slaying series, is no exception.

The film’s plot (if it can be called that), picks up where the last film ended, with Alice (Milla Jovovich) hanging up her spandex to live as a suburban housewife.

But when a rampaging horde of the undead interrupts her domestic bliss, she discovers she has been living a lie, trapped in an alternate reality. The following 90 minutes are a somewhat predictable mélange of brain-free butt kicking with a side order of improbably tight costumes.

The action sequences are certainly spectacularly choreographed, with swarms of zombies mowed down in a pleasingly stylish fashion, reminiscent of Asian martial arts movies. The 3D and visual effects are also well crafted; as you’d expect, the monsters look suitably nasty.

Despite this horrid goodness, the film feels somewhat redundant, a re-hash of the past instalments.  The acting is impressively wooden and the plot a thin veneer stuck over the endless action. Fans of the previous movies will no doubt be entertained but those looking for anything more than a quick fix of dumb action need not apply.

Watch the trailer:

06/10/2012

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