MILD SPOILERS BELOW:
Sony’s Resident Evil film franchise is getting further and further away from the game series that it is supposed to be based upon. The creators of these films have decided to arbitrarily throw in characters and ideas from the game series without explaining who and what they are.
In this fifth film, titled Retribution, Paul W.S. Anderson, who has written all five films and now directed three, proved once again he knows very little of the game series. He seems like he must grab a character list and synopsis of each game and just grabs pieces from them without even having a true understanding of them. Anderson has seemingly never played the games, and if he has, he is truly failing to bring the tone and spirit of them to the big screen.
In Retribution, former Raccoon City police officers Barry Burton and Leon S. Kennedy, originally from Resident Evil and Resident Evil 2, respectively, have been thrown in without giving the audience even a clue of who they are or that they have a history with other characters present, such as Jill Valentine.
I have been scratching my head since the original film in 2002 as to why they have chosen to base the series around Alice, portrayed by Milla Jovovich, a character who was never in any of the games to begin with. Her character, along with overly stylized martial arts sequences and plenty of other cheesy moments, can make these films difficult to watch at times. I was one false step away from leaving the theatre halfway through Retribution.
With a sixth film completely evident going by the ending of this one, it seems I may have to endure one more of these films.