RESIDENT EVIL: RETRIBUTION (Paul W.S. Anderson). 93 minutes. Opens Friday (September 14). See listings. Rating: NNNN
The action starts right away and doesn't let up till the end. The scope is epic, and the flawless 3-D is devoted to flinging stuff in your eye as often as possible.
The story picks up where Resident Evil: Afterlife left off: with our hero, Alice (Milla Jovovich), under attack by minions of the evil Umbrella Corporation, who've unleashed a worldwide zombie apocalypse. Don't worry if you're new to the series; there's a quick recap during the opening credits. Alice gets captured, escapes, gets captured again, escapes again and with allies has to battle her way across simulations of Tokyo, New York City and Moscow.
Assorted zombies, minions and monsters pop up, and Jovovich runs, shoots, kicks, punches and performs wire stunts with utter conviction, perfect form and not a hair out of place. That's just what we want from Alice. She's well matched by main fighting villains Rain (Michelle Rodriguez) and Jill Valentine (Sienna Guillory), both brought back from previous instalments.
The story is skeletal and the dialogue as dumb as a box of rocks, but by genre standards they provide plausible motivation for the action. And the visual and character design perfectly catch the video game's frantic hustle and ritualized mayhem.