Resident Evil: Retribution - What's going on?
Recent news has baffled me on the return of Resident Evil to film. I didn't think it was going to be a surprise to hear that another one was in the works, and considering the topic of the film and what it delivered I've thought they've been getting better and better, so a another is not only inevitable, but I think welcome to fans of the franchise.
However what I don't understand is the casting. When Sienna Guillory returned as Jill Valentine that wasn't too shocking, she'd just played the character in the previous film and apparently it was public opinion that swayed the director to recast her rather than, well recasting the character. However more casting news has arrived and it's pointing at a complete u-turn in the franchise for some characters.
First up, for those of you who haven't followed the franchise, this contains spoilers for the first film...or was it the second...no I think it was the first. I've lost track too. However if you want to follow the franchise in sequence from the beginning this story might just take away a few surprises from the first film. Yes, definitely the first.
The news that Michelle Rodriguez and Colin Salmon were returning to play as Rain and One respectively was a bit of a surprise, after all they were killed in the first film. Weren't they? If I remember One was killed rather convincingly and there was no visual way out of that one.
Well that's what's happening, both are cast along with a number of characters from the franchise, feeling a little like Fast Five here, although there's not so much of a reliance on a timeline in that series. In Resident Evil there is, there's a clear progression from film to film, the story clearly develops from one to the other and each has a clear time period in the storyline.
So MTV cornered both Milla Jovovich and Paul W.S. Anderson to talk about this casting revelation, and while MTV aren't interested in letting anyone outside the U.S. hear what Jovovich has to say - why do the public relations and marketing people with internationally set films allow that restriction - we do get a quote from both about the characters returning to Resident Evil: Retribution.
"I'm just forgetful. I forgot I'd already cast them in the movie...I can't tell you exactly how it works, but it is really cool I think, and it's going to surprise a lot of people."
That's what Anderson had to say about the topic of them returning to the franchise, and Jovovich said:
"People on Twitter are like, 'What's going on? Everyone was dead and now they're coming back! What's the story?' You guys, give me a break - I can't literally give you a breakdown of the script!...The script is so good. People are gonna be like 'what!'"
So how are they bringing the characters back? Well I can't remember the exact details of Rain's death, I think she might have been left behind in a pile of zombies that could have obscured a convoluted escape, but we saw One die on screen in a fantastic fashion and there was no way he was getting out of that.
I'm sure cloning is going to come into it. Perhaps the team were actually a cloned unit and they are replaced each time, or they've been cloned after the fact. Either way cloning is used a number of times and for One it's the only way to bring them back.
Still, does it matter some will ask, after all this is Resident Evil and it's not really that important about script details, it's just straight entertainment. Well I'm not so sure fans of the franchise would agree with that, especially as the stories have been getting better film by film.