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Resident Evil: Retribution

  R HD Closed Captioning

Paul W.S. Anderson

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Plot Summary

The Umbrella Corporation's deadly T-virus continues to ravage the Earth, transforming the global population into legions of the flesh eating Undead. The human race's last and only hope, Alice (Milla Jovovich), awakens in the heart of Umbrella's most clandestine operations facility and unveils more of her mysterious past as she delves further into the complex. Without a safe haven, Alice continues to hunt those responsible for the outbreak; a chase that takes her from Tokyo to New York, Washington DC, and Moscow, culminating in a mind-blowing revelation that will force her to rethink everything that she once thought to be true. Aided by newfound allies and familiar friends, Alice must fight to survive long enough to escape a hostile world on the brink of oblivion. The countdown has begun.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 64
  • Fresh: 19
  • Rotten: 45
  • Average Rating: 4.4/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: A zombie plague may have laid waste the world, but apparently supplies of black leather unitards have yet to be exhausted. – Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times, Sep 15, 2012

Rotten: Some sequels suggest that no one involved with a franchise really cares anymore. – Joe Leydon, Variety, Sep 17, 2012

Rotten: If they ran these scenes at normal speed, would 95 dreary minutes become a much more expedient 20 to 25? – Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times, Sep 14, 2012

Rotten: Endless video-game-style, violent mayhem is on display in this latest edition of the mind-numbing apocalypse series. – Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter, Sep 14, 2012

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Customer Reviews


Much like the similarly themed "Underworld" franchise, the "Resident Evil" films have always been an entertaining guilty pleasure of mine. It isn't so much that I enjoy them simply due to the fact that they're action-packed and visually fun to watch, but also because of the unintentionally humorous elements that make each movie so unique in their own ridiculous way. From the outrageously over-the-top fight scenes to the hilariously god-awful lines of dialogue, this latest addition to the saga may just be the most bizarre film Paul W.S. Anderson has directed yet. Yes, "Retribution" still has a relatively predictable story, and the special effects aren't often as strong as they should be, but it's the overall journey that's really worth the price of admission. Milla Jovovich once again knocks it out of the park as the butt-kicking zombie killer Alice. Her character may have the bland personality of a moth, but the mind-blowing stunts she so effortlessly pulls off speak for themselves. Michelle Rodriguez also makes a welcome return as Rain, you know, from the first "Resident Evil" flick. Only this time, she's back from the dead as two clones: one good and one bad. What a twist! And as for the rest of the cast, no one else really stands out. There's a little deaf girl that sticks by Alice for the majority of the film, but she doesn't exactly leave much of an impact. Sienna Guillory, Boris Kodjoe, and Shawn Roberts are also easily forgettable. Heck, I can't even remember who they played. In the end, it's the hyper-stylized action sequences that save this movie, and for the most part, they're far from disappointing. The only huge downside to "Retribution" is the screenplay, which is so lazily written and poorly executed that it ultimately adds nothing to the integral storyline. But I digress. Although this latest installment in the saga doesn't quite reach the same heights as the first two films, it's still a major improvement over "Extinction" and "Afterlife". It may not be the most captivating or coherent action flick you'll see this year, but if you genuinely enjoyed the previous four movies (or if you just wanna kick back and turn your brain off for about an hour and a half), grab some popcorn and enjoy the adrenaline-fueled thrill ride!


I love the Resident Evil movies, but this one is the worse one yet. I don't know what Paul W.S. Anderson was thinking when he directed this, but someone could've done MUCH better. Unlike all the other movies, this movie's plot was pretty stupid and not thought out well. It was a lot like a video game; they go to a new place, get into some kind of boss battle, then move on to the next level. Personally, I don't really mind that, but the other Resident Evil movies aren't like that at all. Yes, this one is filled with almost nonstop action, but that's not enough to save it. Also, there were a lot of things that looked fake, such as the very first scene (where Afterlife ended) and the blood (it looked very cheap). The acting wasn't all too great, either. Milla Jovovich is usually pretty good and has been for all the RE movies, but something must've been up with her in this one. And don't even get me started on whoever played Ada Wong; her acting was awful. I saw this in 3D, which was a waste of money. Afterlife's 3D was much better than this one's. I think the makers of this movie just wanted to show-off the 3D to charge overpriced tickets. There were a few moments that had pretty good 3D effects, but I think it would've been better without the 3D. The only reason I gave this installment three stars is because I was very entertained from the very beginning. This movie is pretty bad and definitely the worse installment yet, but I wasn't bored. If you love the Resident Evil movies, then go ahead and watch this, but if you were disappointed with the previous movie, you'll wish you had never watched this.


Resident Evil: Retribution is by far the best film in the franchise. I felt that the series took a strong turn for the better when Resident Evil: Afterlife came out. Retribution simply proves that my feeling about this franchise weren't wrong. I dont understand why so many people don't like this film, or the franchise for that matter... COME ON people!!!! It's a video game turned movie franchise, who said it was going to be the best? Apart from Silent Hill, it's the best video game adaption out there. The least you could do is try to have a good time while watching it. Screw the critics, they're not right about everything you know.... Anyways, for those of you who did like this film and for those who love the franchise, I urge you to buy this film. I know I'll enjoy owning this film as much as I enjoyed watching it in theaters, and I know you will too.

Resident Evil: Retribution
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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Action & Adventure
  • Released: 2012

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