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CCI: Resident Evil: Retribution Cast, Director On ‘Post-Apocalyptic Epic’

Milla Jovovich in "Resident Evil: Retribution"

Resident Evil: Retribution director Paul W.S. Anderson and stars Milla Jovovich, Michelle Rodriguez, Oded Fehr and Boris Kodjoe met with reporters at Comic-Con International for a casual discussion about the upcoming fifth installment of the action-horror series.

In the film, which opens Sept. 14, the captured Alice (Jovovich) awakens in the heart of the Umbrella Corporation’s operation facility, where more of her mysterious past is unveiled as she continues to hunt those responsible for the outbreak of the deadly T-virus that’s ravaging the planet.

Anderson said that when he launched the franchise in 2002 with Resident Evil, he never imagined he would be making a fifth installment, especially considering they didn’t even have studio financing when they began. “For a movie franchise to run five films, with the same crew behind and in front of the camera, is unheard of,” he said.

Following the success of the first film, he realized Resident Evil could be a trilogy, and from there it grew. Anderson called the fifth film “the first post-apocalyptic epic,” as it takes place across the globe, from Moscow to Tokyo to New York.

Boris Kodjoe

Kodjoe, who plays Luther West, said on the set he was “like a kid in a candy store: shoot guns, fight zombies, work with Milla. … It was a ball.”

Kodjoe went through six weeks of training for his role, mentioning that in one scene “All hell breaks loose” as the characters fight against an endless onslaught of zombies only to be saved by Jovovich’s character in a “secret” car that led to “a crazy car-chase scene.”

He called the film a lot of fun, characterizing it as “everything you’d imagine it to be, but 10 times better.”

Kodjoe revealed that they nearly shot a sixth film simultaneously with Retribution, but ultimately decided against it. However, another sequel seems likely.

Jovovich, who’s starred in all five Resident Evil films, joined the discussion, and when asked about her time at Comic-Con, shared, “I can’t roam around, I leave that to the ‘professional’ roamers.” The actress was a bit confused by the religious fanatics outside the convention building screaming about heaven and hell, “Why are they here?”

She characterized the 3D aspect of films as “a wonderfully immersive experience if done right,” adding that, “Paul takes it very seriously.”

“We have fun doing it and that translates,” Jovovich said, discussing their time on set. “Michelle and I, in the first one, came into it as fans of the game,” and now there is a whole franchise they’ve created.

Rodriguez, who returns to the franchise after 10 years, as her character was killed off in the first film, jokingly explained how things were different this time. “Everyone is married and grown up,” she joked, adding more seriously that it “felt like when we were doing the first one. Everything felt so familiar.”

Michelle Rodriguez

She said her character’s resurrection “makes sense to me,” as she is seemingly cloned into two versions of herself, one good and one bad. The actress enjoys the differences between those two versions, as the bad one is a fighter and the good one is quiet and innocent.

Fehr described Retribution as a treat for fans who have been following the series since the beginning, as characters from the first, second and third films all make a return.

Like the rest of the cast, Fehr enjoyed making the movie, and coming back to the series was natural for him, especially as he already knew half the crew from his time of the television series Covert Affairs.

Talking about his character’s return, the actor exclaimed how he had “the best death scene in three!” But when he had dinner with Anderson one night and was offered the role again, he of course said yes. “You want to work with people you enjoy, and are familiar with.”


  • Mister1

    No more Resident Evil, please.

  • Oreo

    Shut. The. Fuck. Up.

    If you don’t like the movies, then there is no readon for you to even be reading these articles. So fuck off you fucking fucker and go play your video games which are “so much better”.

  • Jmcreer

    I agree with Oreo.  If you don’t like the films – don’t watch them, and don’t bother clicking onto an article about a franchise you don’t even like.  It’s just wasting space with your negativity – I certainly don’t want to read about it, and no one else does. 

  • C Baileyfan24

    I agree with you and “oreo”. People who are not into the resident evil franchise have no business commenting with stupid negative comments. I for one, can’t wait for movie number 6,7,8…and so on, in the resident evil movies.

  • JCossio

    They are only going up to 6 the director said, but I know what you mean haha

  • Deathguyj

    you guys are fucking Morons the movies should of stopped at 3 they have gotten worse since and I can’t wait for it to end way to ruin a great game series assholes the movies don’t even make sense to the game anymore it’s just lame

  • Cjorg2

    If you don’t like them, don’t watch them dipshit.  Only a fucking moron would watch something they don’t like.  Stay in your fucking basement and play your Resident Evil games instead.

  • gamestlogic

    Hollywood resident evil movies are resident evil in name only . The story ,theme and plot of these movies are a inconsistent mess from 1-5. The game stories have a greater direction than any of these movies could ever dream of. But I can see everything clearly . The movie director & actors continue too disrespect the gamers ,fans ,and the franchise by puting out garbage an saying it’s base off the games. This is that director,s fan fiction witch none of the fan wanted so all their really asking for is actual honest to goodness effort . You know like herry potter,s movie director did with that franchise . Is that soo much to ask for ?

  • gamestlogic

    Residen evil has a franchise already an it’s the fans that made it one . It has been around way before any of these movies. The movie are nothing but a parody of the games now . To some fans of the games the movie franchise is a parasite : one depending on another and not making adequate returns. It seams to many of us what you all want is to reject any opinion that adequately compares the 2. Don’t just agree with telling people to shut up when all that was said ( No more resident evil please ) . An I do get it many movie lover like movies that have no consistency ,story ,theme , plot, and filled to the brim with mindless violence. The games are so much more than just that . But hey to each his or her own. Now just stop and except that facts that have been arguably presented sense these movie started . Residen evil movie 1 was the only one that was acceptable if it had stop there. And any fan of both franchises seeing an article sharing the same name resident evil should be allowed to read it.

  • gamestlogic

    The resident evil series has 2 franchises .The games being the biggest among the 2 having video game fans world wide. A lot more gamers than movie lovers . The opinion of others are only negative to you if it’s disagreeing with yours. Even if you want the resident evil movie to go to 6 and beyond the people will grow tired of them. And like clock work will be resettled ,rebooted,reimage, and resold as hollywood always dose. So good luck looking forward to all of that …