‘Resident Evil’ Is Still a Franchise, Proven by Sony-Heavy Trailer for ‘Retribution’

The inevitable has finally happened – I’ve confused Resident Evil with Underworld and somehow completely forgotten that there is yet another Resident Evil film on the way. My confusion might just be a mask for basic ennui, but it’s unclear at this point. In any case, look, there’s another Resident Evil film. According to its first teaser trailer, it appears to borrow (pretty loosely) from equal parts The Thing, its own mythology, Dawn of the Dead, and Independence Day, with a dash of The Fast and the Furious hat-tipping (you’ll know it when you see it). I can’t make heads or tails of it, and that’s likely due to two things: one, I haven’t watched an R.E. film all the way through since the first one, and two, this teaser trailer is essentially a Sony ad.

No, not like, “oh, there’s a lot of product placement in this trailer!” more like “oh, there’s about 30 seconds of a film trailer in the middle of this Sony ad.” It’s a weird enough move already, and one that will likely be mocked for quite a bit, but what’s even weirder is that, if the trailer is taken literally, it means that the rest of the world in Resident Evil is having a super-fun, technology-connected good time while America smolders into monster-laced ash. So, you know, fun.

Check out the first trailer (sort of?) for Resident Evil: Retribution after the break.

Director Paul W.S. Anderson is back for the fifth (!!!) installment of the video game adaptation franchise, marking his third outing with the series (he kicked things off with 2002’s Resident Evil and returned for 2010’s Resident Evil: Afterlife). As ever, the film follows Alice (Milla Jovovich who, at the very least, still looks as fantastic as ever) as she battles the evil Umbrella Corporation.

Resident Evil: Retribution will hit theaters on September 14, and will (shockingly) also be shown in 3D and IMAX 3D. [Yahoo! Movies]

Kate is an entertainment and culture writer and editor living in New York City. She is also a contributing writer for,,, Vulture,,, The Dissolve, Screen Crush, New York Daily News, Mental Floss, and amNY. Her previous work can also be found at MSN Movies, Boxoffice Magazine, and She lives her life like a French movie, Steve.

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