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Resident Evil Retribution

How far down the Resident Evil rabbit hole are you willing to go?

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So it's like the New Super Mario Bros Wii of RE movies?

I will never defend the RE series' narrative, but I will say they at least have a schlocky charm to them plus the games are actually fun to play; the movies are just BORING mostly due to Anderson's lack of talent as a director. Alice, too; she's a dull, Styrofoam cutout with 0 expression, mostly because she's played by Milla Jovovich who has no range.

RE film is like strong Vodka. The first time is terrible. After a while you get used. After you drink too much you can do anyone and fight anything, even tough you won't remember any of the shit you done.

I don't know why but that "Strange Bedfellows" thing at the end made me think of a scenario in which Bayonetta had to earn her sequel by performing sexual favors for Mario...... I think the internet has ruined my brain.

Anyways good review, I've always disliked the Resident Evil films but for some reason I keep seeing them.

ANImaniac89:
I don't know why but that "Strange Bedfellows" thing at the end made me think of a scenario in which Bayonetta had to earn her sequel by performing sexual favors for Mario...... I think the internet has ruined my brain.

Anyways good review, I've always disliked the Resident Evil films but for some reason I keep seeing them.

Bayonetta 2 is going to be a WiiU exclusive...

Anyway, fucking raccoons. Getting into my trash can, aggravating my cats, blowing holes in my lawn with their giant space guns...

Meh. I don't delude myself into thinking the RE games have good story. They really don't. However, the story is good cheesy fun to go along with (well, used to go along with) horror. The problem with the movies is that they don't feel like Resident Evil at all. It's kinda cheesy, but not in the fun campy way. They feel really flat because the characters are boring as all hell. They aren't fun to watch. The movies are not scary nor do they even have a tense atmosphere. Even RE4, the game where RE basically jumped into the action game camp, has good ambiance. The zombies don't feel threatening because the main character spent most of the movies as a freaking superhero and still does crazy impossible shit despite being "normal" now. There's no tension when the main character is infallible. When the big badass Nemesis, who can dual wield a rocket launcher and minigun, is beaten in hand to hand combat, it's hilarious. She is a complete Mary Sue, able to to anything she wants, beat everything, and everyone loves her despite her having no personality.

I don't think people would care about the new main character and such if it as least felt like Resident Evil. But it doesn't. They took a series known for horror (until the last few installments at least), and turned them into generic action films where the only thing it has in common is name dropping. Combine that with the lead characters of the games being sidelined into near incompetence so the director's wife can look more awesome and you see where fan annoyance comes from. I don't think they are terrible movies (except the third one, Mad Max Resident Evil, really?), but hardly find anything noteworthy to watch as a fan of the games. When I watch Resident Evil I expect Resident Evil, not a generic action movie bearing the name.

You are correct about what has been said about Dredd, it is a great film and comes highly recommended.

In regards to Resident Evil, FINALLY someone mentions that the story in the games was hardly film caliber to begin with. Yes the same can be said for these films but doing their own thing probably worked out for them in the long run, at least in their own way of course.

Also: GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY! GO ROCKET RACCOON!

"When is Capcom going to let us actually play as Alice?"

You know, if impressions of the Resi 6 demo are anything to go by... maybe Capcom doesn't have much to lose at least considering that option. If they're going to go into action game territory as opposed to heading back to survival horror, maybe introducing Alice could make things more fun...

Also: I can't wait for the Guardians of the Galaxy movie.

Place your bets, folks! Will they introduce any of the aliens species of Marvel? How likely will it be we'll at least hear a mention of the names "Kree", "Skrull" or "Shi'ar"?

Aw, damn it, I'm going to end up watching this thing in a couple of months or something anyway. I did see all the previous ones at some venue or another after all. But I'm certainly not in a hurry to see it, so... no cinema for me. No, Bob. I've got plenty of other stuff to do this week.

I always thought the story of the first game was a decent enough narrative. Not good, mind you, but fun and would have translated well onto the big screen.

But yeah, I agree as the series (of games) has continued on the story is barely recognizable mess. Not that the movies are any better.

Out of everything Anderson has done with the movies, the thing that pisses the fan girl off in me the most, is writing in that weird romance between Alice and Carlos. Which is strange, considering how badly he butchered everyone and everything else.

I think the reason Alice isn't in the games is the same reason that you can't play as Wesker, she kind of breaks the game.

I know that movie series have gone on for longer than this (I,e the nightmare on elm street series) but since the last movie I'm always surprised that they continue to make these.

Sorry your sick Bob. For what it's worth you were really great at the Expo. Hopefully I can go to the next one, and see it all in person.

As for this movie....I have never had any interest in it anyway. Alice does seem like she would do well in a game though. It would be kind of hard to be scared while playing as her though from what I have seen her do. Powers or not.

ANImaniac89:
I don't know why but that "Strange Bedfellows" thing at the end made me think of a scenario in which Bayonetta had to earn her sequel by performing sexual favors for Mario...... I think the internet has ruined my brain.

Anyways good review, I've always disliked the Resident Evil films but for some reason I keep seeing them.

Stange. My first thought was there is going to R34 material of Mario and Bayonetta getting it on, with the caption of "Mario was tired of not getting any from Peach." Also, thinking about it, imagen what Bayonetta could teach Peach and the other Nintendo girls...

Alice not interesting at all she empty completelly devoid of personality what so ever...
And sorry but actually belive the games are more coherent than the movie... Explain to me what's the goal of Umbrella in the movie? In the game they develop weapons and they are a front for Spencer to search a way to achieve immortality. In the movie they provoque a Z Apocalypse and they are somehwo still heading business meeting and don't seem to have any real plans, At all

OK, I have no idea what that "Guardians of the Galaxy" thing was in the credits....But I am excited.

ANImaniac89:
I don't know why but that "Strange Bedfellows" thing at the end made me think of a scenario in which Bayonetta had to earn her sequel by performing sexual favors for Mario...... I think the internet has ruined my brain.

I'm imagining Bayonetta doing her "clothes vanish and turn into hair" thing and Mario's jaw dropping, saying "MAMA MIA!" with that trashy italian accent...

WanderingFool:

ANImaniac89:
I don't know why but that "Strange Bedfellows" thing at the end made me think of a scenario in which Bayonetta had to earn her sequel by performing sexual favors for Mario...... I think the internet has ruined my brain.

Anyways good review, I've always disliked the Resident Evil films but for some reason I keep seeing them.

Stange. My first thought was there is going to R34 material of Mario and Bayonetta getting it on, with the caption of "Mario was tired of not getting any from Peach." Also, thinking about it, imagen what Bayonetta could teach Peach and the other Nintendo girls...

One google search later and while there is nothing with Mario, there is stuff with Peach and Rosalina.

Oh internet, you never fail to disgust me.

...Oh, Guardians of the Galaxy looks interesting. Seems like a somewhat big gamble to market a superhero movie with an anthropomorphic raccoon. I'm curious to see how audiences will react.

That and Ant Man. This is going to be an interesting next couple of years.

Racoon-like creature wielding a big space rifle. Where have I seen this before? I feel somehow that a small robot companion is missing...

Mr. Omega:

Place your bets, folks! Will they introduce any of the aliens species of Marvel? How likely will it be we'll at least hear a mention of the names "Kree", "Skrull" or "Shi'ar"?

I'm hoping Kree at least, then we can get Captain Marvel and Ms. Marvel along with the other Kree based heros/villians. Skrull would be amazing because then they can make a Runaways movie, and maybe introduce the Young Avengers somehow.

MovieBob:
Resident Evil Retribution

How far down the Resident Evil rabbit hole are you willing to go?

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Adam Warlock was on of the original Guardians, any chance they will use this movie to introduce him?

EDIT:
Thor: The Dark World - Reality Gem
Iron Man 3 - Power Gem
Captain America: The Winter Soldier - Time Gem
Guardians of the Galaxy - Space Gem
Adam Warlock - Soul Gem
Avengers 2 - Mind Gem/Infinity Gauntlet

My prediction on where the Infinity Gems will show up

The problem with the RE movies in my book is that the first movie tried to give atmosphere and make everything a threat, as in a single zombie could be enough trouble for our main characters to fight off. But, now the movie has taken a turn where the protagonists (especially Alice) can basically K.O a zombie with ease and survive against almost anything.

Another issue is that the first movie kept it simple, making it a movie that dealt with survival but this movie is like.. about showing off so much action, explosions, and slow motion stunts that it's a stunt express with actors and actresses you can't get attached to. Really disliked Resident Evil: Afterlife because it had no reason to exist, and the plot was utterly dull. Especially how they made Wesker, he is a spoof in the movies I can't take him seriously at all. In the games I could... R.I.P Wesker.

No point reviewing a Resi movie cos you know what your getting before you even entered the cinema.

Me personally, i lost interest in them as soon they they started the dumb karate kicking zombies for no real reason in number 2. Plus none of the monsters are a threat so it gives the film no tension. Its a fun movie series, but they could be so much better.

Bob has con plague? Been there. My condolences, and hope you feel better soon!

I haven't watched any RE films since the 2nd one, when they destroyed Toronto Raccoon City Hall. (If only that raccoon had a laser rifle.) Even though I like Milla and Michelle Rodriguez. Yeah, they're usually limited to playing loopy badass chick and angry badass Latina respectively, but they're still fun to watch.

To recap: Yup, that right there is definitely a Resident Evil movie.

Am I the only one that thinks that critics at this point are just going "look, it's pointless to review the Resident Evil movies. They're bad. You know it. We know it. But you'll see it anyway and it'll make money and they'll make more. Why bother reviewing it?"

Same goes for Michael Bay's Transformer films.

Still, Dredd 3D is proof that we don't have to "endure" this season of bad movies. Dredd 3D is actually, refreshingly fantastic, violent as hell, and another winner this year for a comic book movie.

Speaking of comic book movies... Guardians of the Galaxy. PLEASE go see it. If the movie does the comics justice, it'll be one of the best comic book movies ever made... but we have to show up for it. Don't go pulling a "Scott Pilgrim" on us again, internet.

I pretty much agree with Bob.

The thing is, I go into a movie like Resident Evil not expecting an awful lot. Things go boom, most of what passes for dialogue will be extremely bald-faced exposition, costumes will be wildly impractical and injuries will be precisely as debilitating or lethal as the script needs them to be at any given moment. Whaddyknow: expectations met.

But on the other hand, sometimes I want to watch things go boom, and in a weird way I kind've appreciate the sheer level of ludicrous overkill in some of the set pieces. This movie aims to please and doesn't have a whole lot of illusions about itself. When people talk about movies you go to to shovel popcorn into your mouth and turn off your brain for ninety minutes, this is the examplar.

So... why do movies like this roll off me like water off a duck's back, while movies like "Transformers" actually offend me and make me want to snarl venom at people who defend them with the same kind of "popcorn movie" descriptions I just gave to RE?

I guess in part it's the way it's pitched to the audience. RE thinks of itself as kind of a geeky niche movie at heart, something for people who like the games and video games in general, and/or schlocky action/horror/zombie movies. RE feels like the people responsible are behind you going, "Wait for it- boom! Heh! Wasn't that cool? Okay, hold on- got thirty seconds of explaining where we're going next to get through, then we'll see another monster, promise."

Something like "Transformers" is planted as a "tentpole" movie; it thinks it's the movie for everyone- and by association, it feels like its attitude towards that much wider audience is one of contempt. "Okay, we know you want to see Megan Fox in a low-cut top leaning over a car. All right, now for some toilet humor, because we know that's about the smartest joke you guys are capable of getting. And now we're going to interrupt events that supposedly threaten the survival of the human race for a situation that wouldn't pass muster in the script of an 80's sit-com."

Resident Evil never feels like it's edging out something smarter or better in order to occupy its niche; it doesn't feel like something some asshole executive is going to mention in his next high-concept pitch. Transformers does. Does that make sense?

Anyone else think Alice's costume is "Regina" from Dino Crisis?

Damn, I was really hoping for an End Of Watch review.

Mr. Omega:
"When is Capcom going to let us actually play as Alice?"

You know, if impressions of the Resi 6 demo are anything to go by... maybe Capcom doesn't have much to lose at least considering that option. If they're going to go into action game territory as opposed to heading back to survival horror, maybe introducing Alice could make things more fun...

Also: I can't wait for the Guardians of the Galaxy movie.

Place your bets, folks! Will they introduce any of the aliens species of Marvel? How likely will it be we'll at least hear a mention of the names "Kree", "Skrull" or "Shi'ar"?

Skrulls are most likely unavailable since they're probably part of the F4 package. Shi'ar I'm not as sure on but they usually deal with the X-men so they might be out too. Kree on the other hand should be open, I think.........All this different studios stuff hurts my brain. :p

So Bob, you haven't seen The Master yet?

I saw this last weekend, and having actually liked all the previous Resident Evil movies, this one was... meh. "Greatest hits" of the previous ones really did pretty much hit the nail on the head. I did think that whoever played Ada was probably the worst actress I've seen in a while (unless the character in the game was supposed to be extremely bland and annoying, then she was spot on). There really didn't seem to be too many zombies, either.

Only thing worth replying to in this review: I really hope they pull Rocket Raccoon off well. Honestly, though, it shouldn't be that hard. Just give him a sequence early on where he gets to pull out a big gun and mow down a bunch of enemies capped off with a joke about his cuteness. If anyone can do it, Marvel can.

Caramel Frappe:
The problem with the RE movies in my book is that the first movie tried to give atmosphere and make everything a threat, as in a single zombie could be enough trouble for our main characters to fight off. But, now the movie has taken a turn where the protagonists (especially Alice) can basically K.O a zombie with ease and survive against almost anything.

Another issue is that the first movie kept it simple, making it a movie that dealt with survival but this movie is like.. about showing off so much action, explosions, and slow motion stunts that it's a stunt express with actors and actresses you can't get attached to. Really disliked Resident Evil: Afterlife because it had no reason to exist, and the plot was utterly dull. Especially how they made Wesker, he is a spoof in the movies I can't take him seriously at all. In the games I could... R.I.P Wesker.

Can you still take seriously an evil superpowered megalomaniac announcing deodorants?

I already gave up on the Resident Evil movies "canon" and just watch them as mindless action flicks with a few fan services here and there. Also, wasn't Michele Rodriguez dead at the end of the first movie?.

Is there really any reason to be excited about seeing Rodriguez when, based on roles present and prior, we know she's going to get killed off anyway? Though I suppose it would be interesting in a novel way - not many characters I can think of have died at least twice in the same series, although come to think of it the record may technically be held by the Alice clones.

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