How do you keep a franchise fresh as it approaches its fifth installment? If you're Sony Screen gems you focus on groundbreaking innovations like wedging a number in the midst of the title. How else can we explain Re5isent Evil: Retribution? Yes, hoping to bring some new life into their undead franchise, the studio that has made more than $700 million worldwide on the Milla Jovovich-fronted action-flick series inspired by the popular Resident Evil video games, has opted to set its latest apart from its predecessors (Resident Evil: Extinction, Resident Evil: Afterlife, Resident Evil: Apocalypse) with some ever-so-clever numeric play.

Well, let's see if the plotline—unearthed by Coming Soon —offers anything more intriguing:
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.

Is it just me, or does this just sound like more of the same? I mean, I like female action heroes, mass carnage, and mobs of fiendish zombies as much as the next girl, but for me the Resident Evil flicks have become a forgettable blur of blood and bad dialogue. And sure sometimes that can be fun, but with Resident Evil and Resident Evil: Afterlife writer-director Paul W.S. Anderson returning to helm Re5isent Evil: Retribution I have little hope for this disastrously named sci-fi thriller. Over the course of his action-flick heavy career, Anderson has shown no wit or whimsy in his action features, focusing instead on an emotionless adrenaline-ride that has thrills but lacks resonance. This has proved fruitful for Screen Gems in the past, but with such lauded filmmakers as Brad Bird, who made a spectacular life-action debut with Mission: Impossible—Ghost Protocol, taking the action genre to exhilarating new heights, isn't it about time we look for something more in action movies than fast-paced set pieces alone?

Re5isent Evil: Retribution stars Milla Jovovich, Michelle Rodriguez, Sienna Guillory, Kevin Durand, Shawn Roberts, Colin Salmon, Johann Urb, Boris Kodjoe and Li Bingbing, and is set to hit theaters September 14th 2012.

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