Resident Evil: Retribution
|Resident Evil: Retribution|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Paul W. S. Anderson|
|Produced by||Paul W. S. Anderson
|Written by||Paul W. S. Anderson|
|Based on||Resident Evil
|Narrated by||Milla Jovovich|
|Edited by||Niven Howie|
|Distributed by||Screen Gems|
|Box office||$240.1 million|
Resident Evil: Retribution is a 2012 science fiction action horror film written and directed by Paul W. S. Anderson. It is the fifth installment in the Resident Evil film series based on the Capcom survival horror video game series Resident Evil, and the third to be written and directed by Anderson after the first film and the previous installment.
Resident Evil: Retribution is a direct follow-on from the previous film Resident Evil: Afterlife, and focuses on Alice (Milla Jovovich) captured by the Umbrella Corporation, forcing her to make her escape from an underwater facility in the Arctic Circle, used for testing the T-virus. The film has many returning actors and characters, along with new characters from the video games not featured in the previous films. Filming took place from October to December 2011 for an international release date of September 14, 2012.
The film was released in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D to a box-office success, grossing over $240 million worldwide. Film critics criticized the film for its characters, plot, and acting while praising the 3D, visual effects, and fight choreography. The Blu-ray and DVD for the film was released on December 21, 2012, and a sixth installment is planned by Sony.
Alice (Milla Jovovich) and the others on the Umbrella Corporation freighter Arcadia face an attack by a fleet of tiltrotors led by Alice's former ally, Jill Valentine (Sienna Guillory), who's been brainwashed by Umbrella through a scarab device attached to her chest. Alice causes a tiltrotor to crash into Arcadia, resulting in an explosion that knocks her out and into the water. The fates of Chris Redfield, Claire Redfield and K-Mart are ambiguous.
The story switches to a suburban housewife who appears to be Alice living with her husband Todd (Oded Fehr) and deaf daughter Becky (Aryana Engineer). Zombies attack, revealing the suburbia is actually Raccoon City during the contamination. Alice and Becky escape to the streets and are rescued by a student, Rain Ocampo (Michelle Rodriguez), who lets them ride in her car. As the three escape, they are broadsided by a truck, knocking Rain unconscious while Alice and Becky escape. Alice hides Becky, but is killed by a zombified Todd.
The original Alice awakens to see she's been captured. Jill interrogates Alice, who unsuccessfully tries jogging her memory, and demands to know what happened to Chris, Claire, and K-Mart. During a power failure, Alice escapes her cell and the laser grid, finding herself on the Shibuya Square, just at the beginning of the Tokyo contamination. Fighting her way out, she returns into the facility, and encounters Ada Wong (Li Bingbing), one of Albert Wesker's (Shawn Roberts) top agents. Ada explains that they no longer serve Umbrella. Wesker appears on a screen, revealing the Red Queen, who was reactivated after the contamination of The Hive, now controls Umbrella. Ada explains that the facility is underwater, located in Kamchatka, Russia, that served as a former Soviet outpost; as the Hive was designed in producing the T-Virus, the facility was designed by Umbrella in manufacturing clones and created simulated outbreaks to show the effect of the T-virus, and thus selling it at high price around the world.
To infiltrate the facility from outside and help Alice and Ada escape, Wesker has organized a strike team: Leon S. Kennedy (Johann Urb), Barry Burton (Kevin Durand), and Luther West (Boris Kodjoe). Leon's team plants explosives near the entrance of the facility, which will detonate in two hours and trap anybody still inside, to ensure the facility's destruction. The group plans to meet with Alice and Ada in the Raccoon City suburbia. In a New York City simulation, Alice and Ada defeat two Axemen, prompting the Red Queen to send Jill after them next. Leon and his team enter a Moscow simulation, but are attacked by armed Las Plagas Undead.
Alice and Ada enter the suburban simulation, the rendezvous point, and discover Becky and the dead "suburban Alice". Ada explains that Umbrella uses clones for virus outbreak simulations and troops; Becky, Todd, and Rain were clones as well. Despite this, Alice quickly becomes attached to Becky. Blocking their escape are Jill and her Umbrella troops, consisting of clones of Alice's deceased allies: an "evil" version of Rain, modified after the original, a former deceased Umbrella soldier and Alice's ally, Carlos Olivera (Oded Fehr), and also James "One" Shade (Colin Salmon), leader of an Umbrella commando team that was sent in the Hive. The group demand their immediate surrender, which Alice complies with for Becky's safety; however, Ada starts a shoot-out, allowing Alice to escape with Becky.
Alice and Becky run into the "good" Rain and head to the Moscow simulation, where they meet Leon's team. The group escapes the Las Plagas undead, and reach the elevator; however, an Uber-Licker captures Becky and kills "good" Rain. Alice pursues the Uber-Licker, while the others fight off Jill's group; Barry and One are casualties. Alice rescues Becky despite Leon's discouragement. During their escape, they arrive at a cloning facility where Alice and Becky see copies of themselves. When Becky asks Alice if she really is her mother, Alice says she is now. The Uber-Licker follows them inside, as Alice drops grenades, and fires a grappling hook, escaping the explosion. The explosives at the entrance go off, flooding the place (killing Olivera and the remaining Umbrella soldiers) and propelling the elevator upwards with Leon and Luther. Alice and Becky also survive, having used the ventilation system.
The group awaits pickup but is ambushed by a commandeered Soviet submarine, from which Jill, the "evil" Rain, and a captured Ada emerge. With new orders to kill Alice, Jill attacks. Rain injects herself with the Las Plagas parasite to gain superhuman strength and healing; she knocks out Ada and fights Leon and Luther. Alice manages to destroy the scarab device on Jill's chest, returning her to normal, though, unlike Claire, she retains her memory. Rain kills Luther with a blow to the chest, and knocks Leon out; Alice, realizing they can't kill Rain, shoots at her footing. Rain falls in the water, and vows to get Alice but is dragged under by the Las Plagas zombies. Alice collapses from her injuries, but later awakes in a helicopter with the others.
Alice, Ada, Becky, Leon, and Jill travel to Wesker's headquarters: the heavily barricaded and fortified White House, staffed by S.T.A.R.S. and the remainder of the U.S Marine Corps. Alice meets Wesker in the heavily-barricaded Oval Office, where he injects her with the T-Virus, returning her superhuman abilities; as only Alice successfully bonded with it, she is the ultimate weapon. On the roof, Wesker explains the Red Queen is trying to wipe out humanity, and all of the remaining uninfected are in the base; it is humanity's last stand. A pull-away shows Wesker's Umbrella army defending the White House alongside the remaining U.S. Armed Forces against enormous hordes of T-virus abominations, including ones that fly.
- A woman who is an ex-employee/former Umbrella Corporation security officer whose exposure to the T-Virus granted her superhuman abilities. Since being exposed to the T-Virus outbreak in Raccoon City, Alice has been captured and subjected to experiments. After being experimented on by Umbrella, she sets out to destroy all of those who started the outbreak and is also being tracked down by the Umbrella Corporation.
- A pair of clones of Rain Ocampo, who was an Umbrella commando from the first film where she died. The Umbrella Corporation has cloned Rain, creating a "Good Rain" and a "Bad Rain". "Bad Rain" is hunting down Alice, under Jill's orders. Meanwhile, "Good Rain" joins Alice in her attempt to escape the testing facility. For many years, Anderson has been trying to get Rodriguez back in the Resident Evil films. He says that he wanted "to kind of give her an opportunity to play something different." Rodriguez explains "Bad Rain" as "mechanical, very straight-forward and very matter-of-fact" and "Good Rain" as "awkward and different - someone who is quirky and doesn’t know how to handle a gun and someone who is curious."
- A former member of Special Tactics and Rescue Squad (S.T.A.R.S.), police officer of Raccoon City and ally of Alice who was captured and subsequently mind-controlled by Umbrella to find Alice. Sometime after the events of Resident Evil: Apocalypse, Jill was captured by the Umbrella Corporation and is under their control through the Scarab Appliance on her chest. Guillory was originally set to appear in Resident Evil: Extinction, but she dropped out due to her commitment to Eragon. She made a cameo appearance in Resident Evil: Afterlife.
- Aryana Engineer as Becky
- A little girl whom Alice develops a mother-daughter relationship with. Jovovich says that the relationship between Alice and Becky is similar to Ripley and Newt in Aliens. She went on to say the relationship is a way for Alice to hold onto her humanity. Becky is a deaf child, but does speak, as well as perform sign language. She first appears in the film when an Alice clone is seen living through a virtual Raccoon City infection scenario. She is thereafter found by the "real" Alice as she and Ada Wong make their way through the "Suburbia" testing environment. Despite Ada's complaints that Becky is just one of the many clones, Alice takes her along to their escape.
- Former head of the Umbrella Corporation. Wesker is revealed to have survived the events of Afterlife. In this film he takes on a much different role, in which he is responsible for helping Alice escape so she can help him save the human race, since The Red Queen no longer follows his orders.
- A one-time Umbrella operative who assists Alice in her escape. Despite their romance in the video game, Li says that Ada and Leon Kennedy's relationship is more "subtle" in the film. Li got the role only a few days after her first audition, and prepared for the role by watching Resident Evil: Damnation. During filming, she wore a $7,500 wig.
- A survivor and leader of a tactical team which is tasked with helping Alice escape Umbrella. Anderson says that the decision to include Leon, Ada, and Barry in the film was "fan-driven". When describing his character's story, Urb says "As far as I can tell, I've just been fending for myself, taking care of business, and banding with some people. Then, apparently what's happened is Alice is in a bit of trouble. Wesker needs somebody who, what's the word... is smart enough and strong enough to go in and save Alice. Leon is the first thought that comes to mind, obviously."
- Boris Kodjoe as Luther West
- A former basketball player and survivor who joins Leon Kennedy's team and reunites with Alice in the process. He previously appeared in Resident Evil: Afterlife as the leader of a survivor group stationed in Los Angeles and is one of the few characters that did not originate from the video games. Kodjoe found out that he would return for the fifth film after he read the script for Afterlife and found out that his character survives.
- A pair of clones of Carlos Olivera, a former Umbrella commando and love interest of Alice, who was killed in a sacrificial explosion in Resident Evil: Extinction. Carlos, who appeared in Resident Evil: Apocalypse and also Resident Evil: Extinction, was cloned after his death by Umbrella Corporation, creating a "Good Carlos" and a "Bad Carlos". The "Good Carlos" is a suburban man with Alice as his wife and a daughter named Becky. The "Bad Carlos" is part of Jill's commando team searching for Alice. Fehr says in an interview that "the interesting thing is, I come back as two different guys on this one. There’s a dynamic to the relationship with Milla’s character, and then there’s the other side. He’s working for the Umbrella again."
- A survivor and member of Leon Kennedy's team who fights Umbrella alongside Alice. Slated as Leon's "partner in crime" and close friend.
- Colin Salmon as James "One" Shade
- A clone of James Shade, the leader of the Umbrella commando team who died in the original film. After his death, his DNA was cloned by Umbrella and is used against Alice.
- The supercomputer that monitored the Hive, the secret underground facility where the T-virus was developed. Since the Raccoon City outbreak, she has been reactivated, seized control of Umbrella, and is at war against humanity.
- Ave Merson-O'Brian as The Red Queen (voice)
- Ave Merson-O'Brian dubbed Charpentier's voice for the Red Queen as Charpentier's voice was too feminine for the monotonous Red Queen.
- Mika Nakashima as J-Pop Girl
- The patient zero of the T-virus in Japan. After seeing her performance in Afterlife, both Jovovich and director Paul W. S. Anderson praised Nakashima saying, “I want to work with Mika again.” Describing her fight sequence with Jovovich, Nakashima expressed, “It was a very valuable experience. A lot of things were new to me, so I had fun.” Parts of the scene she appeared in Resident Evil: Afterlife was used in this film and her scenes in this film is a continuation involving Alice.
After the release of Resident Evil: Afterlife, director Paul W. S. Anderson was in discussion with Screen Gems of filming a fifth and sixth film back to back. But Anderson later decided to just focus on Resident Evil: Retribution. Anderson returned as writer and director, Glen McPherson serves as director of photography, Kevin Phipps as production designer, and Nick Powell as both a fight choreographer and second-unit director.
When Ada and Alice encounter each other the first time they recreate a scene from Resident Evil 4 in their brief fight.
An element from Resident Evil 4, a parasite called Las Plagas plays a part in the film and allows the undead to "run around, ride motorbikes, and shoot machine guns." An action scene inspired by Resident Evil 5 where the characters are driving a Hummer while being chased by zombies is featured, but for the film the Hummer was changed to a Rolls Royce Phantom.
Aside from the video games, writing for the film was heavily influenced by science-fiction films. "I think Inception had a huge impact on everyone," says Bolt, "and I think Westworld is an important film to Paul. Everybody knows, because he talks about it enough, the Alien series, Blade Runner, all these things are inspirations."
The metal bug on Jill Valentine's chest can be seen on Resident Evil 5.
The film's fight sequences were influenced by Asian cinema. "We watched a lot of Thai movies this time around because of the movies (Powell) has done," says Anderson. "He did The Last Samurai as well. He has worked with a lot of Japanese stuntmen and he has worked with a lot of Hong Kong stuntmen. But we felt the area that hadn't been mined by western cinema much was that whole kind of high impact Thai style of fighting. So we just watched a lot of action sequences from a lot of Thai movies. There were moves and just a general feel that we thought we could infuse the movie with. You know, that kind of bone crunch where you really feel the impact. We tried to bring that into the movie, which is also good for 3D because obviously 3D makes it harder to sell those kind of fake phony punches because you see the distance between the fist and the face. So that kind of Thai style of fighting where you actually make contact is a lot stronger."
Returning from the previous film are: Milla Jovovich as Alice, Sienna Guillory (Jill Valentine) and Boris Kodjoe (Luther West). Shawn Roberts (Albert Wesker) makes a cameo appearance. Colin Salmon who played James "One" Shade and Michelle Rodriguez who played Rain Ocampo in the first film return. Oded Fehr who portrayed Carlos Olivera in the second and third film also returns. There will be two "versions" of Rain and Carlos; one being portrayed as "evil" and one as "good".
The characters, Ada Wong (played by Li Bingbing), Leon S. Kennedy (Johann Urb) and Barry Burton (Kevin Durand) appear in the film. Ali Larter (Claire Redfield), Wentworth Miller (Chris Redfield) and Spencer Locke (K-Mart) do not return and they are presumed to have died in the attack on Arcadia or is currently held captive by Umbrella. Also, a new character portrayed by Aryana Engineer has been added to the franchise cast.
Principal photography started on October 10 and wrapped on December 23, 2011 for a 55-day shoot. Filming locations included Toronto at Cinespace's Kipling studio facility, Times Square in New York City, Tokyo, and Red Square in Moscow. Resident Evil: Retribution is the second film in the series to be shot in 3D, the first being Resident Evil: Afterlife. It was also filmed in 4K resolution The Red Epic camera system was used, which producer Jeremy Bolt said is 50% smaller than the Sony F35 that was used for Resident Evil: Afterlife.
On October 11, a platform collapsed during the second day of filming and injured 16 people on the set. According to Toronto police, ten people were taken to the hospital for emergency treatment. Injuries included bruises and broken bones. Emergency workers had a difficult time determining which injuries were real since the people were dressed in zombie costumes with fake blood.
The streets of Red Square were cleared for a day and background filming was done in the Russian subway after it was cleared for five hours (although the subway station scene is actually the Lower Bay abandoned station of Toronto subway). Most of the streets were built into sets. The car chase scene was filmed in late November in Moscow.
Durand and Roberts wrapped filming in the first week of December and Li wrapped on December 14. A fight scene between Jill and Alice that involved over 200 moves began filming December 14 until the end of production.
The music group Tomandandy, who performed the Afterlife score, returned to score Resident Evil: Retribution. Anderson explains that the score for this film will be a progression of Afterlife, stating that he "wants to kind of mesh their more electronic stuff with an orchestra this time. It still has that cool tomandandy feel, but it has a more epic scope to it." The official soundtrack will be released on September 11, 2012 under Milan Records, which will include tomandandy's score for the film, as well as the film's end credits song "Hexes" produced by Bassnectar featuring Chino Moreno (of the Deftones) on vocals. Singer Mika Nakashima will sing the theme song for the Japanese version of the film.
|1.||"Hexes" (featuring Chino Moreno)||3:00|
|2.||"Flying Through the Air"||3:48|
|12.||"End of the World"||1:26|
|15.||"Zombies Under Ice"||2:03|
|17.||"Flying Through the Air" (T-Mass Remix)||3:55|
|18.||"Origin" (bonus track)||2:59|
|19.||"The End" (bonus track)||1:24|
The first teaser trailer of the film was attached to Underworld: Awakening, an installment from Resident Evil's rival film series, and released in January 2012, featuring product placement promoting Sony products such as the Xperia phone, the PlayStation Vita and the Tablet S before transitioning into a post-apocalyptic Washington, D.C., with Alice standing on the roof of the White House, in similar fashion to the promotion for previous installments, Apocalypse and Extinction.
A viral website, UmbrellaCorporation.net, supposedly informed about Umbrella, reported that it was on a recruitment tour all over the world searching for "great minds to help them advance". On several occasions, a video of Alice (Milla Jovovich) appeared, telling the viewer not to trust Umbrella. At the same time, an actual mobile tour for the film was launched, travelling to Cancún, Barcelona, Poznań, Warsaw and Rome. Furthermore, a black, tinted SUV with the Umbrella Corporation symbol and name on its doors and license plate was seen in Atlanta in June.
Milla Jovovich, Michelle Rodriguez, Oded Fehr, Boris Kodjoe, Mika Nakashima and Paul W. S. Anderson appeared at the 2012 San Diego Comic-Con Convention on Friday, July 13. A discussion for the film took place, and never-before-seen footage debuted.
On August 10, 2012, a group of 27 people dressed as zombies "invaded" the Shibuya shopping district and handed out leaflets to promote the film. The group marched across the crossing in front of the Shibuya Station and then moved on to Shibuya's underground shopping area "Shibuchika" and to the "Shibuya Cine Palace".
Resident Evil: Retribution was released worldwide on September 14, 2012 in 3D, IMAX 3D, and 2D. The MPAA's official rating for the film is R for "sequences of strong violence throughout". It was not screened in advance for critics.
The film's world premiere took place in Tokyo, Japan (where the film was retitled Biohazard V: Retribution) on September 3. Originally, a promotional stunt was planned that involved Jovovich pretending to come out with a gun and shoot "zombies" in the theater. In response to the Aurora shootings, Jovovich declined the stunt, commenting that "There's absolutely no way I'm doing anything violent in a movie theater." Jovovich, Anderson, and Nakashima appeared at the premiere for a red carpet event.
Li Bingbing did not appear at the premiere, raising speculation from reporters that her absence was a demonstration against the escalating dispute between China and Japan over the Senkaku Islands. Li's agent Ji Xiang explained that Li had been informed of the premiere two months before but she was too busy in Beijing to attend at that time. However, Ji did not deny that politics were involved, saying: "We are in line with our government – the Diaoyu Islands belong to China. Bingbing will be attending movie premieres held in other places across the world and she skipped the Tokyo leg only."
The film was released on December 21, 2012 on DVD, Blu-ray and Ultraviolet Digital Copy. The United Kingdom release is set for January 28, 2013, also on DVD, Blu-ray and Ultraviolet Digital Copy. Pre-order for was available in November 2012 on Amazon.
United States and Canada
Resident Evil: Retribution opened at #1 in 3,012 theaters, beating out the 3-D re-release of Finding Nemo. During its opening weekend, the film grossed $21,052,227 domestically (an average of $6,989 for each theater), which makes the film the second lowest domestic opening weekend in the series, with the lowest being the original Resident Evil ($17.7 million), though it sold the least tickets. The audience in the opening weekend was 64% male, and 55% were 25 years of age or older. Regular 3D showings accounted for 48% of ticket sales, while IMAX 3D contributed 14% and other large format showings contributed 4%. In its second weekend, the film dropped to fifth place behind newcomers End of Watch, House at the End of the Street, and Trouble with the Curve with $6.7 million on the domestic charts. With a 68% decline from its previous weekend, this makes the worst domestic drop so far for a Resident Evil film. Its third weekend grossed $2.9 million, making a lighter 55% decrease and putting it into the number eight spot.
Resident Evil: Retribution broke the series record for the highest worldwide opening with $49.6 million, beating out Afterlife's opening of over $39 million. In its opening weekend, the film was strongest in Asia, where it had the best 2012 Hollywood debut so far in Japan ($11.2 million), Taiwan ($4.4 million) and Malaysia ($2 million). Its premiere in South Korea ($2 million) was underwhelming, where it underperformed to the local film Masquerade ($7.3 million). Elsewhere, the movie did very good business in Russia ($8.5 million) and Brazil ($3.1 million), but was disappointing in Australia ($1.5 million). The film retained the number one spot in its second weekend, grossing $30.5 million for a new foreign total of $103.8 million. Its top market was once again Japan, where it eased 27% to $6.3 million. Its new debuts included Germany ($3.6 million) and Mexico ($3.5 million). In its third weekend, the film dropped to the number two spot behind Looper, making $21.1 million. It had its premiere in France ($2 million), Italy ($1.4 million), and the United Kingdom ($1.3 million). The film broke $200 million in its fourth weekend, notably due to its opening in Spain ($1.4 million).
Worldwide, the film grossed $240 million, after the movie opened in China on 17 March. Although this does not match it's predecessor's gross of $296 million, it still ranks as the second highest grossing in the series, the highest grossing foreign film in Japan in 2012 (7th overall), and the highest grossing Canadian film of 2012, and second of all time (behind Afterlife).
Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a score of 31% based on reviews from 65 critics, with an average rating of 4.5 out of 10. The critical consensus on the site is "another predictable entry in the Resident Evil franchise that seems to get more cynical and lazy with each film". On Metacritic, which assigns a weighted average score out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the film received an average score of 39 based on 17 reviews. CinemaScore polls reported that the average grade moviegoers gave the film was a C-plus on an A-plus to F scale.
Jim Vejvoda at IGN gave the film a 6 out of 10, saying, "Even with all of its dopey dialogue, wooden characters and 'been there, done that' elements, Resident Evil: Retribution is pretty amazing as far as entries in this series go. It certainly feels more like a video game and has a bit more emotion to it than some of the past Resident Evil sequels, but if you don't like this series then there's not much here to make you suddenly warm up to it." Clark Collis from Entertainment Weekly also gave the film a mostly positive review, stating that "writer-director W.S. Anderson's overseeing of the Resident Evil zombie franchise has proven to be both lunatically haphazard and dementedly enthusiastic."
|Canadian Screen Awards||Best Costume Design||Wendy Partridge||Nominated|
|Best Achievement in Sound Editing||Stephen Barden, Steve Baine, Kevin Banks, Alex Bullick and Jill Purdy||Nominated|
|Best Achievement in Visual Effects||Dennis Berardi, Jason Edwardh, Matt Glover, Trey Harrell, Leann Harvey, Jo Hughes, Ethan Lee, Scott Riopelle, Eric Robinson and Kyle Yoneda||Won|
|Golden Reel Award||Resident Evil: Retribution||Won|
A sixth film was confirmed by Sony distribution's head, Rory Bruer. In an interview with Forbes, producer Samuel Hadida stated that a sixth and seventh installment were planned and a reboot of the series was possible. Sony officially scheduled the sixth movie for a September 12, 2014 premiere. Jovovich expressed her belief that the sixth film would come out in 2015. Anderson revealed in an interview that he would start shooting the film in fall 2013.
In February 2014, Collider reported that, according to Paul W.S. Anderson, there were no immediate plans in motion for a sixth installment in the popular franchise, but that both Anderson and Screen Gems were eager to add at least one more entry to the series. He said they would "like to do another Resident Evil movie, but the wheels aren’t quite in motion yet." The film will have Jovovich and Li reprising their roles as Alice and Ada and as with Afterlife and Retribution, the sixth will be in 3D. On June 16, 2014, Anderson told Collider that he was in the process of writing the final film, tentatively titled Resident Evil: The Final Chapter and stated that no dates had been set for the start of production or its release in theaters. On August 18, 2014 Jovovich announced on her Facebook page that she's pregnant with a second child and production on the film will be delayed. On January 21, 2015, Jovovich announced on her Facebook page that filming will start in August 2015. Jovovich confirmed through her instagram account that preparations for the movie began on July 19.
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