Thursday, January 19, 2012

Resident Evil: Retribution Trailer

At this point, I think it's fair to say that the "Resident Evil" movies are more stable as a B-movie institution than the original franchise is as a video-game institution. The new trailer for the fifth(!) go-around doesn't show off any story points (or zombies, for that matter), other than a handful of shots that seem to be set during/around the earlier sequels - is this the "fill-the-plot-holes"/continuity-porn installment? It also looks like Umbrella now has a fleet of airships... where do they keep GETTING this stuff after the end of the world?


Eh, whatever. Each film after the original has been a romp on some level, and the amount of fun the husband/wife team of Paul W.S. Anderson and Milla Jovovich seem to be having with this ongoing family project is always in evidence. In fact... am I the only one who thinks it's probably time for Alice to turn up in one of the games? At this point, she's as much an iconic part of the brand as Wesker is...

14 comments:

Kholdstare said...

I think she's just fine where she is. I'd rather keep the continuities separate.

rXp said...

Am I the only one who thought that the beginning of this trailer was a Sony Ad (the 20sec ads before a video) ?

Anonymous said...

I had to watch this trailer three times before I saw any zombies (It's around the 1:00 mark)! That's not very good for a zombie movie.

Also, why the hell does this trailer have music from Tron: Legacy?

patrick.b.healy said...

The opening of this trailer is probably my favorite thing this week.

Joshua the Anarchist said...

Did Resident Evil just steal the Muppets marketing idea?

BRENDAN FALCONER said...

Resident Evil 1-5, AVP, 3 Musketeers... I just want Anderson to stop...

...Stop making films...
...Stop existing...
...Whatever.

Mads said...

I'll admit to always thinking the first movie was super awesome, kindof liking the second movie, thinking the third one was the low point, and thinking the 4th one was super awesome again.

This movie? I'm watching it at the movie theatre, in 3d. If anything will be amazing in 3d, it'll be a sci-fi monster flick.

And yes, it'll be a guilty pleasure. In fact, I feel it's low-brow as all fuck... but I don't give a damn. I know I'm going to enjoy it, and that's the only thing that really matters.

@ Brendan

Your comment...I get why you make it. Moviebob made it concerning Tim Burton in a recent Big Picture. Telling him to just stop.

Well here's a piece of my mind for you both: If the only thing you can muster up the creativety to say about someone or something that they should cease to exist when all they make is lame, low-brow but ultimately original movies, why don't you just zip it.

It's not like a Resident Evil or a Tim Burton movie is draining money from movie projects or consumers that would've been better spent elsewhere. You'd not be freeing up actors or crew for something better. You know just as well as I do that instead of either of these things, we'd get yet another formulaic hollywood romcom or angry hunted hero movie.

At least with burton and these people, we get big old slabbering monsters and amazing costume design, both of which are otherwise sorely lacking these days.

Christopher Delvo said...

This one actually looks...kind of awesome. Giant bat-things, monstrous rhino monsters chasing cars...I can dig it as a fun B-creature feature. I actually hope that this one is closer to the third movie than the fourth. It was probably my favorite, being the most detached from the game series. And I kinda like Anderson when he's just going balls-out doing his own thing.

I actually hope the only similarities to the games are: Umbrella, monsters, and maybe a Leon Kennedy cameo. Other than that, let's watch Jovovich blow shit up! I think at this point she's established herself as a token "action girl" in today's movies. Let's sit back and enjoy it!

-Chris

David (The Pants) said...

That was one daring way to not only open a trailer, but also to push product placement past the shameless level. I applaud it! I don't watch these movies, nor have I played any of the Resident Evil games, but it's a good trailer here.

I was, at first, a little turned off that they were using Baba O'Riley to start it off, even though I knew it'd have that dark transition to the movie's world. It's just, I think it's a great trailer song...but not for this kind of movie, even though they did that awesome cool ad-but-then-it's-a-movie-traielr-sorta-thing. I kinda like that.

Aiddon said...

The trailer for RE: 6 looks better than Anderson's fakey sound stages. Heck, Leon, Chris, and even the new guy are far more likable and interesting characters.

a.k.a.A.M.V.P said...

@Aiddon

So stoked for RE: 6. After the broo-ha-ha surrounding 5, I was worried the series would never return to it's Gamecube glory days. This gives me hope (though is it just me, or does the story from the trailers seem startlingly close to "not stupid" for an RE game?

Aiddon said...

RE5 never bothered me except for the inventory issues. I found it to be a solid 8.5 as opposed to RE4's 10. Plus there was the writing which, to be blunt, was probably due to ignorance because of Japan being a very monoracial nation

Green Ninja said...

I really don't mind if Anderson wants to keep making movies were his wife is a superhero. They're both pretty good at it.
I just wish they wouldn't have to canibalize one of my favourite videogame franchises in the process.

CanOfTheRelics said...

Resident Evil name for me is a joke now.
Sorry moviebob, but Alice is not really iconic, because whenever RE boards discuss the movies, they really think that Anderson was not really thinking about making an RE movie.
But RE basically are action games nowadays. Watching RE6 trailer really felt like they were going back to survival horror, when they introduced Chris, and it suddenly started to look like a very shitty action game (cover in a zombie game? Why....what.....how.......I......uh?)

I like cheesy fun as everyone here, but not every game needs to follow your logic, with Katanas, slow mo zombie ass kicking and all other Anderson dick wankering, because that was not RE I remember from the 90s, but on the other thought, they can introduce Alice for all I care, since I couldn't finish RE4, because it was a horrible mutation of RE name.