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Rated R · 95 min. · 2012

It's even noisier, more incoherent, and more like watching someone play a shooter-style video game than its predecessors. Is there a plot? Yes. Well, maybe sort of. The film opens with a battle that seems to tie to the last film (who can remember?), only it's being shown backward and in slow-motion. Why? Beats me, but it is and it makes the whole thing look more cartoonish than it already did. Then we get to see it again forward, though blessedly at normal speed. This then segues into an "it was all a dream" mode with Alice (Milla Jovovich) in a blonde-ish wig doing the Suzie Homemaker schtick in suburbia — complete with doting daughter Becky (Aryana Engineer, Orphan). This lasts a good three minutes before zombies come a-calling. Mayhem ensues. Alice finds herself in Umbrella Corporation headquarters and — guess what? — the suburbia business was all an engineered simulation. Then there's a lot of folderol about getting out of the Umbrella headquarters, and that's pretty much the rest of the movie. Fight zombies and/or those inexplicable monsters with the ax/meat tenderizers we met in the last movie or fight Umbrella henchman. Rinse and repeat, over and over and over. As usual, there's a lengthy voice-over explaining the basic set-up about the evil Umbrella Corporation, the T Virus that creates the zombies, etc. — just in case this is anyone's first trip to one of these. But really, all that's here is action — noisy, repetitive, ultimately tedious action.

Official Site: www.residentevil-movie.com
Director: Paul W.S. Anderson
Writer: Paul W.S. Anderson
Producer: Paul W.S. Anderson, Jeremy Bolt and Don Carmody
Cast: Milla Jovovich, Sienna Guillory, Michelle Rodriguez, Kevin Durand, Bingbing Li, Oded Fehr, Johann Urb, Shawn Roberts, Boris Kodjoe and Colin Salmon

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