Synopsis Revealed for Re5ident Evil: Retribution
Posted 01.10.12 by Ryan
When franchises start evolving past a third installment, studios begin to mess with the titles. Some sequels do away with numbers, like "number fours" in Live Free or Die Hard and Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol, or a "number seven" like Saw 3D. Then there are movies like Resident Evil: Retribution, which, even though the franchise has stayed away from numbering their sequels since 2004's Resident Evil: Apocalypse, have begun flirting with the idea of adding a number to the title (at least we hope it's only flirting).
In a move reminiscent to Final Destination 5's temporary retitling to "5nal Destination", Sony Screen Gems has decided on the awkward Re5ident Evil: Retribution for its fifth installment, just as its released the sequel's official synopsis. [UPDATE: Sony has announced that it will not include the "5" in the title. As you were.]
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, Alice must fight to survive long enough to escape a hostile world on the brink of oblivion. The countdown has begun.
2010's Resident Evil: Afterlife, Resident Evil's fourth installment, was the most successful movie in the franchise, grossing an impressive $296 million worldwide. The end of the movie saw Alice (Jovovich) saving (literally) a boatload of human survivors just as Umbrella was circling with assault helicopters led by a mind-controlled Jill Valentine (Sienna Guillory).
Once Alice gets out of that, clearly she goes back to traversing the globe like she did in Afterlife and will meet up with characters from the video game like Leon S. Kennedy (Johann Urb, 2012), Barry Burton (Kevin Durand, X-Men Origins: Wolverine) and Ada Wong (Li Bingbing, 1911). Writer-director Paul W.S. Anderson has also teased that Retribution will include the Las Plagas virus from the video games and will feature an action sequence that includes a Rolls Royce Phantom.
Re5ident Evil: Retribution will also include several characters from throughout the history of the franchise, including Michelle Rodriguez as Rain Ocampo, Oded Fehr as Carlos Olivera, Boris Kodjoe as Luther, and Colin Salmon as One.
Next Showing: Re5ident Evil: Retribution
opens September 14th