Resident Evil Retribution is the fifth film in the franchise and reunites many of the series stars, including Milla Jovovich, Oded Fehr, Sienna Guillory, Jason Isaacs, and now Michelle Rodriguez – who was killed in the first film. Perhaps director Paul W.S. Anderson is going for that Fast Five feel. The film is due out September 14, but there’s a new trailer (to coincide with the release of the new Underworld film), and it’s partly an ad for Sony. Check it out…
What’s most noticeable is that it’s mostly an advert for its distribution company. Sure, it’s meant to a parody (“this is my world”), but it’s still blatant. The trailer itself is made up of the images of completed effects shots and glimpses of the returning cast members, and some action. There’s no real story here, but it’s safe to say that Jovovich shoots a bunch of zombies (possibly in slow motion).
The last Resident Evil film Afterlife was surprisingly successful – perhaps because it used 3-D in a time when audiences weren’t as cynical as they are now – and became the highest grossing film of the franchise. It made $60 Million domestically, but over $230 Million internationally, so it’s no surprise they’re back for more. And to be fair, this looks big. The franchise has been disposable since day one, but it’s also managed to pre-date the big zombie revival, and outlast it.
Will you go back for more?