At long last we have the trailer for a film that I know everyone has been waiting for deep inside their hearts – Resident Evil: Retribution. Ok, maybe every doesn’t like to stare at Milla Jovovich as she battles zombies and monsters in slow-motion, but for those who enjoy such a thing then the premier trailer for Retribution will deliver that in spades along with a host of other bonus goodies that deliver +20 on the cheese factor scale.
Back in January we received a teaser trailer for Resident Evil: Retribution that was pretty slick but entirely coherent as to what the plot was. Starting off with a montage of Sony products that came across as if it was a commercial, the original trailer quickly delved into a series of quick cut shots filled with a giant Licker, Milla walking around in skin-tight leather, and an appearance by Ada Wong. Now we have yet another trailer that starts off in an unconventional way and attempts to dish out plot details but once again I’m totally lost. But isn’t slightly incoherent storytelling one of the “enjoyable” elements, in a guilty pleasure sort of way, of the RE movie franchise?
Kicking things off with a twist, we see Alice (Milla Jovovich) living the life of a soccer mom until a zombie breaks into her house and kills the dude from The Mummy. But in a grand “With a Twist!” moment, it turns out that Alice is in a giant VR program that Umbrella has put her in for dastardly plans. Exactly why Umbrella’s plans for Alice have shifted from harvesting her DNA to putting her in a giant holodeck is anyone’s guess, but I’m sure it’ll make sense in the end; or at least I hope it will.
After a few cool images the trailer does attempt to give us a basic plot summary but I honestly don’t know what’s going on. Umbrella Chairman Wesker is back, and again he’s a complete boss as he proclaims that Umbrella has control of key cities such as New York, Moscow, and Tokyo – or at least what remains of those cities. But here’s a question: wasn’t Tokyo completely destroyed in the last movie by Wesker’s portable mini-nuclear weapon of pure awesome? RE: Retribution is a direct continuation of RE: Afterlife, but I guess certain liberties may have been taken with the plot unless I’m looking at things the wrong way.
The Resident Evil films have never been complete masterpieces, but RE: Retribution kind of looks good. I know I may get slack for that, but considering how over-the-top RE6 is, I wasn’t impressed by it at E3, I’m completely open to seeing a film with insane action that involves a giant Licker being body checked by a Mercedes Benz. There’s a certain silliness in Retribution (Umbrella clones, VR programs, missing characters) but the inclusion of Leon and Barry Burton still has me hyped and so does any movie that boasts “Milla Jovovich in 3D!”
All I need know is a confirmation as to whether Wesker says “Complete Global Saturation!” in RE: Retribution and the film may immediately hop onto my most anticipated list, especially in the wake of how disappointing Prometheus was.
Resident Evil: Retribution will be released this September in North America.