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Resident Evil: Retribution trailer shows franchise isn't slowing

ResidentEvilRetribution.jpgI think it's time that people really did sit up and take notice of the Resident Evil franchise and how far it's come. Oh sure it's not Citizen Kane or Apocalypse Now, but it certainly has been getting better and better and I have to admit that despite a couple of slightly overcrowded shots, the latest in the franchise is looking damn good.

The trailer for Resident Evil: Retribution is teasing us and isn't really throwing us anything on the story other than we're seeing a good few faces return. Could this be the end? Not if the makers have any sense, it feels like they're just getting into it.

Of course there have been a few films already and they've been building solidly on the franchise since the first film, which I still think is rather fun to watch and does well to remind us of the game, but Paul W.S. Anderson has to be given credit for making the franchise its own and still keeping very strong ties to the videogame and its fan base. That and making the films better across the franchise.

I enjoyed the last film, and I know it had flaws but it was one of those films where you can just watch and enjoy, knowing what you're going in for and what you're expecting at the end of it, and being surprised at being given more.

I wasn't walking home contemplating the meanings of the plot or the actions of characters, but I was entertained, and more so than the rest of the films in the franchise.

Could they do the same again and make Resident Evil: Retribution even better? Well the trailer suggests that they're giving it a damn good try.

Here's the blurb for Resident Evil: Retribution:

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, D.C. 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.

Mind you, that read very similarly to the last blurb. Still, this is a new trailer which is through Yahoo Movies and Trailer Addict:

Yes it is much more of a teaser, and that is an advert for Sony opening the film, and no there's no Horatio taking off his glasses to say "they're all dead...undead", but it is a nice teaser that pulls together some great shots.



I have to disagree with you there Richard, I think the RE movies haven't been improving per say over the iterations. They've been becoming more "their own thing", that is indisputable, but I think the first one is still the best and the one that seemed to try the hardest to relate to its source material. The movies are getting sillier as Alice is getting overpowered and the special effects are looking all the more "B movies with a budget" with the 3D addition, for lack of a better way to put it.

Just thinking of what they did to Nemesis in the second movie gives a sour taste to my mouth. He was supposed to be a constant threat, an unrelating force that kept coming back stronger and faster, a lurking danger that could sprawl out of any dark corner or window. They prefered to make him a lumping rubber abomination, ex-human to which Alice could relate and bare handedly beat to a pulp until it remembered her and come back to the good side... Pathetic!

This trailer to me is first a very blatent Sony ad and secondly it looks more like an "Ultraviolet 2" trailer than what a RE movie trailer should look like.

When you say that Paul Anderson has kept very strong ties with the videogame and its fan base, that is where we disagree the most. I personally am a huge fan of the games and I feel like most of the ties/characters are just thrown into the mix without much care so they can staple the Resident Evil title on the movie and cash in on its fans passion. I also am a frequent user of RE discussion boards and know for a fact that a great number of fans feel the same.

They've taken the story as far and removed from the games as they can, just far enough so that they don't actually bend over and take a dump on it. Sorry to be so blunt.

I actually feel that the movies would probably end up better if they had no ties to Resident Evil whatsoever and I suspect that is why you don't hate on those movies. I may be wrong but I don't think you're a an especially big fan of the games, and I really don't say that to offend you. I think that might be why you can enjoy the movies for what they are and come home from the theatre without obsessing over the details.

Hey Vash.

I can't say I've ever watched the films in 3D, but I definitely thought the effects in the last film were better than they have been and there's a real move to build a story rather than just have set pieces with recognisable characters the way I thought it was going. I think its finding its way as a franchise, although they have to be careful as the entire story is getting so large that they're going to find themselves at a dead end pretty soon.

As for Alice being overpowered, it suits the franchise, and the last film they definitely toned her down a bit from the film before.

Nope, I'm not a huge fan of the videogame series, although I was the first game, but clearly you are as you seem rather upset about Nemesis' portrayal. I get that fans of source material can be unhappy at the way films can change their characters or stories but they often have to change in some way for the new format.

Mind you, even when the films don't you'll still get those who don't like it. Look at how well the Watchmen was adapted from the source comic and how many fans didn't like that, adaptations can't win with everyone.

I do think you're being a tad cruel comparing it to Ultraviolet, that film might have had some nice ideas but somewhere along the way the story was just left to fall by the wayside, and it did that big time. It was bad, Resident Evil may not be Citizen Kane or Watchmen but it is way better than Ultraviolet!

Give PWS some credit too, he has kept close ties with the studio behind the videogame, sure he may not be making every game into a film, but he's keeping the films close by.

I loved what Snyder did with Watchmen and I was a fan of the comics before the movie got released. I do not get why so many people griped. I am not one of those fans whom cries murder at the first sign of alteration. For exemple, I really enjoyed Constantine even though the script and Keanu Reave's portrayal of John Constantine is as removed from the comics as can be.

I do get the fact that characters have to be adapted for the big screen and sometimes I even enjoy it as it can take the character in unexpected and interesting places. Dark Knight is a wonderful exemple of that; it respects the essence of the characters while still being altered to fit in the director's vision and his more believable universe. So what if the Joker didn't drop in a chemical thub? But with Resident Evil movies, the characters really have little in common with the source material besides name and, in some rare cases (Jill), physical likeness (i.e. especially not Carlos from the second movie). And its not like any of those characters were too exentric or cartoonish to have been ported to the big screen as-is. Most of them are special forces or ex-military, some of them plain cops or bikers... nothing too extravagant.

My comparison to Ultraviolet is perhaps harsh but in terms of aesthetic (especially those white-heavy sets which remind me of Wesker's "laboratory" on the tanker from the last film) and over-use of blue screens (which I am fully aware is a collateral damage brought by the 3D technology) and since Milia Jovovich is starring in both films, it gave me flashbacks of Ultraviolet.

About Alice, yes they toned her down but it doesn't erase her past prowesses. In the second film she actually kills someone just by looking at him through a camera. In the third she ignites oxygen with her mind...

What I dislike the most about her is that PWS seems to give her all the cool moments, even the ones from the games that "belonged" to characters that are present in the movie! She makes the other, original characters feel like bystanders. Accessories even. She's the new kid on the block but she stole all the cool toys... you know, metaphorically!

I would've been content had they perhaps used her as a supporting character in the second and later movies.

Anyways, I'm sorry if I sound so irritated. I respect your opinion even though I don't agree and still enjoy reading you nonetheless. By the way, I'm gonna start using my real name when posting comments (David R.), I kinda feel dumb having you call me by my nickname when I get to call you by your name, silly as it may sound.


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