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Review: Resident Evil: Retribution

Creative bankruptcy
By BRETT MICHEL  |  September 18, 2012
0.5 0.5 Stars

Uwe Boll gets most of the scorn, but has anyone done more to destroy hope of a decent movie being made from a video game than Paul W.S. Anderson? Unlike Boll's movies, Anderson's have actually developed a following, which is why it's so maddening to see fans of the Resident Evil franchise get jerked around by the producer/director, who's once again written a starring role for his wife, Milla Jovovich. Donning her trademark black fetish-wear, zombie-fighter Alice spends the first few minutes bringing audiences up to speed on the events of the previous four pictures. She needn't have bothered, since the movie proceeds to recycle scenes and locations from earlier installments, even bringing back deceased participants like Rain (Michelle Rodriguez) and Carlos (Oded Fehr) in this film's creatively bankrupt excuse for a narrative: an extended, mostly slow-motion gun battle that serves solely as a set-up for, yes, another sequel. Now that's evil.

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