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The fifth film in the Resident Evil franchise, Resident Evil: Retribution, arrives on 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray, and DVD today. To celebrate this latest entry in the longstanding series based on the classic video game, we caught up with director Paul W.S. Anderson, who returns for his 3rd time behind the camera and his fifth time as a producer.
Why does he keep coming back? And what does the sixth film have in store for us? Here is our conversation.
What keeps brining you back to this franchise?
Paul W.S. Anderson: I love it!
That's the easy answer, isn't it?
Paul W.S. Anderson: I have always loved it. I loved the video game, from the start. I played the first two before I became involved in the movie. It took me a few weeks to emerge from my apartment, »
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has provided us with an exclusive featurette for Resident Evil: Retribution, arriving on Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, and DVD December 21. Franchise star Milla Jovovich is no stranger to action, although she reveals in this behind-the-scenes video that she had to get more physical when shooting a 3D movie. In other words, she actually had to hit people, instead of making it look like she hit them. Take a look as the actress and director Paul W.S. Anderson discuss the hard-hitting aspects of making a 3D action movie.
Resident Evil Retribution - Exclusive Close Physical Contact Featurette
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 (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. »
Resident Evil: Retribution, 2012.
Directed by Paul W.S. Anderson.
Alice fights alongside a resistance movement in the continuing battle against the Umbrella Corporation and the undead.
Even the most ardent support of the Resident Evil series would have to admit it’s a small miracle there have been five films made and that the productions have stretched out over a decade. As somewhat of a fan of the series, I still find little to recommend in this, the fifth instalment.
With the exception of the visual treat that is Milla Jovovich, what has kept me watching the series, is the filmmaker’s commendable efforts to actually try and progress the foundations built in the first film; the T-Virus has spread from a single building, to the city, to the world, »
This past weekend saw the newest entry in the Resident Evil franchise. The film was the box office winner for the weekend raking in $21 million. We have Run-of-Engagement passes to any Wehrenberg theater to check out Resident Evil: Retribution on us!
The Umbrella Corporation’s deadly T-virus continues to ravage the Earth, transforming the global population into legions of increasingly lethal Undead. The human race’s last and only hope, Alice (Milla Jovovich), awakens in the heart of Umbrella’s most impenetrable operations facility. Attempting a death-defying escape from the vast, high-tech complex with the help of a crew of elite commandos, Alice battles her way through the cityscapes of Tokyo, New York City, Moscow and Washington, D.C. Along the way, she encounters a series of mind-blowing revelations that will force her to rethink everything she once believed. Aided by newfound allies and familiar friends, Alice finds a »
- Andy Triefenbach
The Resident Evil film series has always been a directly self-aware and reflexive property, an aspect that became all the more obvious with the fourth installment, which featured the most knowingly gratuitous 3D spectacle since the format’s digital resurgence began. Part five, the newly released Resident Evil: Retribution, is similarly in your face, both with its use of screen-popping 3D and with Paul W.S. Anderson’s typical straightforward exposition and an action style that’s so clear it’s cocky. Yet there also appears to be a subtext we tend not to expect from these movies, one involving a little girl who metaphorically represents the film itself. This child, Becky (played by 11-year-old Aryana Engineer), is found by series protagonist Alice (Milla Jovovich) in a suburbia simulation within an undersea Umbrella Corp. complex used for trial exercises in mass T-virus infection. Mistaken for the girl’s mother (who was a blonder clone of Alice), the heroine »
- Christopher Campbell
Title: Resident Evil: Retribution Directed Be: Paul W.S. Anderson Starring: Millia Jovovich, Sienna Guillory, Michelle Rodriguez, Aryana Engineer, Bingbing Li, Boris Kodjoe, Johanna Urb, Kevin Durand, Oded Fehr, Colin Salmon, Shawn Roberts Quality-wise, the “Resident Evil” franchise has been on the decline ever since the first film arrived back in 2002, but, let’s face it, was the series ever really about quality? “Resident Evil” is for action, monsters and Alice, and while the first four films of the franchise held on, they certainly started to slip, leaning far more on the excuse of stemming from a videogame than making the leaps necessary to turn a videogame into an enthralling moviegoing [ Read More ] »
- Perri Nemiroff
Directed by: Paul W. S. Anderson
Written by: Paul W. S. Anderson
Well, Alice didn't get to stay on that big boat for very long.
The evil Umbrella Corporation swoops in, blows stuff up, and manages to capture Alice for their continued nefarious purposes. Meanwhile, they also run gigantic simulations of various undead attacks around the world, powered by hundreds and hundreds of cheap and disposable clones. They torture Alice for awhile, who then escapes along with a couple of clones, including one that thinks she is Alice's daughter. Alice doesn't tell her that she isn't.
- Tristan Sinns
You have to give director Paul W.S. Anderson credit for keeping a video game based film franchise alive for five major features, as most attempts bomb on film one. Unlike the hordes of infected souls which have been drained of all life, Paul W.S. Anderson proves he’s alive and still kicking, running Alice through another T-Virus inspired disaster in Resident Evil: Retribution.
Now I have to admit right off the bat, I find the whole Resident Evil franchise to be a guilty pleasure of sorts, exploiting the horror genre for big time blockbuster action much like how Fast and Furious films feel to action fans. Hell, I bought the first three Resident Evil films in a three pack trilogy for $10 at Wal-Mart, voluntarily hosted all night marathon viewings of the franchise, and don’t regret a single minute. Let’s just not talk about Resident Evil: Afterlife…
Getting back »
- Matt Donato
Just as the series starts to get smart, it fumbles and gets clumsy, like a zombie.
With the exception of the films of George Romero, the zombie genre has never been my thing. I’m sure, the recent success of the television series The Walking Dead has plenty to do with its strong cast and dramatic stories (so I’m told), but when zombies are involved, my interest goes out the window. The same can be said for the theatrical adaptation of the Resident Evil video game series. Until the third film in this wildly successful franchise, I kinda hated these movies. I use the word “kinda” because when the mesmerizing Milla Jovovich is involved, I tend to stop dead in my tracks. Despite being the star of a popcorn action franchise, Jovovich is actually a pretty decent actress who along with husband and writer/director Paul W.S. Anderson have »
- Ron Henriques
Directed by Paul W.S. Anderson
Written by Paul W.S. Anderson
For schoolchildren, September heralds the end of an enjoyable epoch – the end to all of the carefree hedonism and devil-may-care attitudes of summer vacation. In its place are the daunting expectations of school, the angst of making new friends, and the apathy towards uninspired subject primers. September is a dreadful month, but, for most kids, the year only gets better from that point on.
For critics, September has the exact same connotation. September heralds the end of summer movies, the end to all the pyrotechnics and computer generated delirium of big-budget commercial blockbusters. In its place are studio afterthoughts (movies deemed too rubbish to be lumped in with the aforesaid), which are consequently dumped in mid-September, on unassuming audiences without apology or impunity.
Yes, September marks the spectre of terrible movies, and nothing typifies »
- Justin Li
At the recent press day for Paul W.S. Anderson's upcoming sequel Resident Evil: Retribution, Dread Central had the opportunity to sit down and chat exclusively with the flick's star and 'resident' badass- Milla Jovovich.
During our interview, we spoke with the actress about the evolution of Alice over the last ten years since the first Resident Evil debuted in theaters, her thoughts on playing multiple versions of the same character for Retribution and more.
Check out our exclusive one-on-one with Jovovich below and look for more on Resident Evil: Retribution this week!
Dread Central: You've been with this character for over ten years now; how did it feel to change things up with Alice's dynamic for Retribution? Did you get to have any input regarding the direction of Alice at all on this one? »
It's hard to believe that it has been over 10 years since writer/director Paul W. S. Anderson first collaborated with his now wife Milla Jovovich on the surprise hit indie video game adaptation Resident Evil.
The film earned more than $100 million in box office receipts, more than triple the flick's budget.
This Friday, September 14th, the fourth sequel in the series - Resident Evil: Retribution - is set to invade theaters everywhere in 3D and reunites Alice (Jovovich) with many familiar franchise faces, including Michelle Rodriguez, Boris Kodjoe, Oded Fehr and Sienna Guillory, as well as introducing a handful of newcomers including Johann Urb, Kevin Durand, Li BingBing and Aryana Engineer.
During a recent press day for the film, Dread Central had the opportunity to chat exclusively with Anderson about Resident Evil: Retribution, why he feels like this one has some of the "scariest franchise moments ever" and whether or »
Check out these brand new photos from Screen Gems’ action horror Resident Evil: Retribution. With this year’s release of girl power movies such as Brave and The Hunger Games, I’m ready for more female fists-of-steel ala Milla Jovovich.
In the film, 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, »
- Michelle McCue
On a blustery December morning late last year, Dread Central headed out to the set of Resident Evil: Retribution, which was being filmed at the Cinespace Studios, along with a group of fellow journalists to see just what director Paul W.S. Anderson had planned for the fifth entry in the widely popular franchise.
Upon entering Cinespace, we were greeted by a large Christmas tree with an undead zombie friend propped up nearby, signaling the cast and crew still remained in good spirits even if this was 47th day of shooting on the sequel.
As we made our way through the vacuous sound stages, we finally entered where Anderson and his crew were shooting a scene that leads into Resident Evil: Retribution's epic showdown in the wintry terrain of Russia between Alice (Milla Jovovich) and Jill Valentine (Sienna Guillory), who was a bit of an 'Easter egg' in the credits sequence of Resident Evil: Afterlife. »
14 items from 2012
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