Teaser Trailer for Resident Evil: Retribution Debuts; Director Offers New Details
01.19.12 by Ryan
Earlier this month, the official synopsis was released for Resident Evil: Retribution, the the upcoming fifth installment in the Resident Evil franchise. The synopsis didn't offer much about the movie's plot, besides revealing that franchise star Milla Jovovich will be back as Alice and that she will once more try to bring down the evil Umbrella Corporation that started the entire T-Virus mess back in the 2002 original. That would be obvious to anyone that has watched a Resident Evil movie before, so writer-director (and Jovovich's husband) Paul W.S. Anderson explained to ShockTillYouDrop why the plot is being kept so secret.
It's hard for me to explain [the plot] without giving away the twists and the movie. They are inspired by the video game, but I think it should be a very surprising narrative. I'm excited to put the whole thing together.
While Anderson works to "put the whole thing together," Sony Screen Gems has finally released the teaser trailer for Retribution, a day later than promised. While the plot remains a secret, Anderson does find a way to also advertise some of parent company Sony's new technology.
Those that saw 2010's Resident Evil: Afterlife know that the movie ends with Alice surrounded by Umbrella helicopters while still on board the Arcadia vessel. While not shown in the trailer, Anderson revealed that Retribution starts "on the deck of the Arcadia, so it is a direct continuation of that." Anderson has previously revealed that Retribution will include the Las Plagas virus, an element from the video game franchise, is used in the movie.
There is such a wealth of stuff in the games. Using Las Plagas, we're going back to Resident Evil 4 and there are elements of Resident Evil 5 in this. There is one moment in the game where one of the characters injects themselves [with Las Plagas] and we built exactly the same injection device. We are framing the shots in exactly the same way. So, there will be an unpleasant little parasitic creature in that [vial] that you will see squirted into [Michelle Rodriguez's] veins [Rodriguez returns as her Resident Evil character Rain Ocampo]. It is a theme in all of the games with characters injecting themselves and they develop their super powers, but they pay the price for it.
Another element from the Resident Evil 5 game is a chase sequence of zombies on motorcycles set in Africa that Anderson transformed into an action sequence that includes a Rolls Royce Phantom set in Moscow that includes zombies and a Licker creature (also from the games). Shown briefly in the trailer, actor Johann Urb (2012), who plays video game character Leon S. Kennedy in the sequel, said the scene is only part of how Anderson has changed the zombies' role in the sequel.
We have zombies coming at us, and these are not just regular ones. They're firing weapons and bazookas. At one point, we run out of bullets and I have to take some of them out, hand-to-hand, which is fun. Then there's a big action sequence in a Rolls Royce and firing out of the window. We have the zombies on motorbikes chasing us, and then we have big Lickers. Uber-Lickers, Super Uber-Lickers, they're all coming at us.
Kennedy won't be the only video game character to make a movie debut with Retribution. Barry Burton (Kevin Durand, X-Men Origins: Wolverine) and Ada Wong (Li Bingbing, 1911) will also appear. Returning cast members include Oded Fehr as Carlos Olivera, Boris Kodjoe as Luther, and Colin Salmon as One.