Beginning with a fun slow-motion battle shown in reverse, viewers will witness the ultimate battle Alice was engaged in when we last saw her. In the previous instalment, Alice had discovered a large ship carrying survivors. But sadly, Alice and the remaining survivors are attacked, and Alice herself is ultimately defeated and captured by the Umbrella Corporation.
After being captured, Alice wakes up in a strange high tech facility owned by the Umbrella Corporation and will now be tested in a whole new way while trying to fight for her freedom. The facility she is trapped in can reenact moments from Alice’s past thanks to modern technology. Alice is no longer in the real world but trapped in a futuristic simulation which will force her to revisit her past and re-encounter familiar faces. Still, the question is, are they real, or is this just part of Umbrella’s facility? Luckily, Alice won’t be fighting her battles alone as a deadly assassin named Ada Wong has been spotted around the facility with a dangerous mission of her own.
For those not aware, this is the fifth instalment within the Resident Evil franchise. If you’ve seen a Resident Evil film before, then you’ll generally know what to expect: zombie fights, plenty of brainless slow-motion action and a plot to save the world from a deadly virus. This film attempts to introduce new characters from the popular gaming franchise, including Leon Kennedy, Ada Wong, and Barry Burton.
Once again, the film is visually stunning, and the audio track is a fabulous, memorable blast. But sadly, when it comes to the plot and story, Resident Evil Retribution takes a major back step, and it’s disappointing to see. Alice is captured in a facility that feels more like a video game with fake realities, and there’s no major advancement with the general storyline. Many questions are raised throughout the film, sure, but sadly viewers don’t have any new answers to major questions, including what happened to Claire and Chris from the previous film. Ignoring major plot problems like these makes the film feel lazier instead of delivering anything that feels more solid and entertaining. Sure, there are many fun action sequences, but the plot is highly weak and has very little reward for fans of the movies and video games.
Overall, while the fifth instalment looks and sounds amazing, the film delivers a lazy storyline that has no real benefit to the viewers. The film also ignores some of the biggest questions fans have, which I found highly annoying and disappointing. Sure, there are still some fun action sequences with Alice taking on many zombies in a high tech facility, but for me, this is the first film within the franchise that takes a serious nose dive down, putting the franchise on life support.