Is “Resident Evil: Retribution” the Ultimate Anti-Romney Movie?
The numbers don’t lie. The anti-Barack shockumentary 2016: Obama’s America may have earned more than $30 million. But the Resident Evil franchise—which depicts a dystopian near-future in which unchecked supply-side capitalism has created a world overrun by cannibalistic zombies—has earned more than $675 million, including $21.1 million in the U.S. for the opening weekend of the fifth installment, Retribution. And it might as well be called 2016: Romney’s America.
In the RE universe, corporations have literally become people. An eerie little girl known as the Red Queen embodies the nefarious Umbrella Corp., a multinational conglomerate that profited wildly from creating a biological arms race (and legions of undead brain-eaters). A rainbow coalition of human rebels led by Alice (Milla Jovovich) attempts to escape from Umbrella’s weapons-testing facility and bring down the diabolical company. The forces of good—including Lost‘s Michelle Rodriguez (as a gun-control advocate!), Chinese action star Bingbing Li, and Boris Kodjoe, who resembles a beefier, bald Barack—look more like Democratic delegates than lily-white GOP conventiongoers. In other words, they look like America.
When I recently interviewed writer-director Paul W.S. Anderson, the mastermind behind the RE movie series, for the New York Daily News, he admitted “the franchise does have a very anti-corporate stance…You see how corrupt and self-centered the capitalist system is.” (Coincidentally, we chatted while Romney was delivering his acceptance speech—which was overshadowed by Clint Eastwood and an empty chair—in Tampa, and Anderson was in Tokyo for Retribution‘s Japanese premiere.) By the way, Mitt, if you want to check Anderson’s birth certificate, he was born in Great Britain, and Jovovich, his real-life wife, escaped with her parents from their native Soviet Union when she was 5 to seek freedom in the good ‘ol USA.
Rush Limbaugh may have warned his brain-dead listeners that The Dark Knight Rises contained anti-Romney messages: “Do you think that it is accidental that the name of the really vicious fire-breathing four-eyed whatever-it-is villain in this movie is named Bane?”—as in Bain Capital. (Get your facts straight, Rush—Bane neither breathes fire nor has four eyes.) But it’s Resident Evil: Retribution‘s message that Obama would really approve. It may be no coincidence the film ends in—SPOILER ALERT!_ the Oval Office, where the chief executive is the diabolical Albert Wesker (Shawn Roberts), an elite family’s scion who became the head of Umbrella Corp., while a sea of flesh-eating monsters storm the gates of the White House.
The choice is clear, America: If you vote Romney, get ready to fight zombies.
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