But then again, Meryl Streep isn't Milla Jovovich.
Resident Evil: Retribution managed to get into Redbox before I got my review of it up, so this is just a quickie, but if you like action films, this is full-tilt, pro-American, pro-capitalism, pro-World War II production great for just kicking back and enjoying a movie night. There are two scenes, in particular, I would like to take time to draw your attention to after the discussion of the little girl in the film, Becky.
|The film does not open with this, rather, with a surprisingly sophisticated reversal of the events of a ship blowing up; why? The ship is the "ship of state" and Alice being knocked of of it demonstrates the "loss of control" on the ship of state, i.e., the government (this is obvious towards the end of the film when Alice walks into the White House). Why do they show it in reverse order though? Because it's as if World War II and the fall of the Soviet Union never happened. In the image we see above, the devastation of the neighborhood should remind us of the images of destruction in Project X while Rain's (Michelle Rodriguez) need to sacrifice herself with the virus injection reminds us of the government control in The Bourne Legacy (please see All Points Of Convergence: The Bourne Legacy & Programmable Behavior for more). Far from being just an action flick, Resident Evil--while not letting bad business off the hook, which it should not do--is squarely against the spread of socialism.|
When Resident Evil opens, Alice goes under water, which we have seen in The House At the End of the Street and The Bourne Legacy (both films opening with those images) and the ship under water ("the ship of state") opening Les Miserables, and when Resident Evil ends, Rain (Michelle Rodriguez) goes under water, held down by an army of zombies (an image we have all ready seen in the World War Z trailer) because the American economy has gone "under water" and hasn't been able to get out. In Rain being held down by her own army of zombies that don't know her, Resident Evil seems to predict the "retribution" of socialism in America being brought down by the forces it unleashed.
Well, not exactly Godzilla by name, but close enough. When Alice wakes up and escapes (from picture above) she enters into a Tokyo simulator wherein everyone is a zombie. Why? We have discussed this before, The Cold Light Of Day and The Amazing Spider Man, originating in our discussion on Jaws and Godzilla: if America had not protected Japan from the spread of communism after World War II, Japan would have fallen to communism because there would have not been anything to stop it taking over, and Alice walking into a zombie-fied Tokyo (she also goes to Moscow and Berlin, where socialism reigned) is a wake-up call for Americans of why the sacrifices were made to stop the spread of socialism throughout the world during the Cold War, so Resident Evil: Retribution is the opposite of The Hunger Games (please see Jaws & the Cleansing Of America for more). This is the reason why, in the trailer above at 0:34 Alice hits the zombie with a baseball bat, because competitive sports (there is no competition in part socialism) brings out the best in us which is part of our individuality (The Hunger Games was a refutation of Moneyball; please see The Hunger Games: Hitler & America's Anti-Socialism for more).
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