Resident Evil: Retribution

Rated 3.0

I’m not gonna claim that the Resident Evil series is great filmmaking. It’s not. But I have found it to be perfectly enjoyable nonsense (well, aside for the second one). There’s not much of a narrative thread holding the series together: Alice (asskickin’ babe Milla Jovovich) is a renegade clone who fights zombies as she levels up through the insidious multinational Umbrella Corporation. There are also other mutants on hand, just for variety. And that’s pretty much it. And they’ve pulled five movies out of that! Anyway, Resident Evil: Retribution is more of the same perfectly enjoyable nonsense. It never aspires to be anything more than just a video game slapped on the big screen, with in-game cutscenes and levels instead of a narrative, but the sustained mayhem balances out the horrible acting and video-game level dialogue. Definitely a movie to hoot at with your ghoulfriends. Cinemark 14, Feather River Cinemas and Paradise Cinema 7. Rated R.