Michelle Rodriguez is Badass in “Resident Evil: Retribution”

The 5th Installment of Resident Opens Sept. 14th


For any one who is addicted to Michelle Rodriguez (Resident, Avatar) action-packed-horror flicks, well there’s a treat for you this Friday, September 14th with the opening of Resident Evil: Retribution, in 3D, 2D and IMAX 3D!

This is one not to miss! Witness first hand why this is a $675 million-grossing film franchise and this newest film is the most spectacular to date.

Resident Evil: Retribution is Paul W.S. Anderson’s fifth installment in the game-to-film franchise stars Milla Jovovich, Michelle Rodriguez, Sienna Guillory, Kevin Durand, Shawn Roberts, Colin Salmon, Johann Urb, Boris Kodjoe and Li Bingbing.

The Umbrella Corporation’s deadly T-virus continues to ravage the Earth, transforming the global population into legions of the flesh eating Undead. The human race’s last and only hope, Alice (Milla Jovovich), awakens in the heart of Umbrella’s most clandestine operations facility. Attempting a death-defying escape from the vast, high-tech complex with the help of a crew of elete commandos, Alice battles her way through the cityscapes of Tokyo to New York, Washington, D.C. and Moscow. Along the way, she encounters a series of mind-blowing revelations that will force her to rethink everything that she once thought to be true. Aided by newfound allies and familiar friends, Alice must fight to survive long enough to escape a hostile world on the brink of oblivion.

In Resident Evil, Rain Ocampo, played by Michelle Rodriguez, was a member of the Umbrella special commando unit. A skilled marksman, Rain and her team were dispatched to contain the infection after the outbreak by any means possible. But after Rain was infected with the deadly T-virus and transformed into a zombie, she was killed.

Rodriquez was thrilled when Anderson called to say they had found a way to bring her character back to life. “I’m really happy to be back,” she says. “I didn’t think there’d ever be a possibility of bringing back my character. But there’s always an open window when you’re dealing with science fiction. The possibilities are endless. I’m really happy we have a director who is so creative.”

Resident Evil: Retribution Trailer


In the film, Rodriguez portrays two characters, a hard-as-nails weapons specialist working for the Umbrella Corporation, and a Prius-driving, tree-hugging student with a fondness for high heels. Known for playing strong female characters who operate in traditionally male fields, the actress loved playing against type. “I’m avid about guns and a bit of a tomboy,” she says. “Much of my career has been defined by that. It was a nice shift into playing someone a little laid back and sexy for a change. It was cool and fun to play someone who is quirky and doesn’t know how to handle a gun.”

Says Anderson of the actress, “I’ve never met a woman who feels more at home wearing a pair of combat pants and carrying a heavy machine gun. But when I talked to Michelle about returning for this movie, she said she was really interested in exploring different aspects of herself as a woman in her movie persona. We developed a character for her that is more traditionally feminine. The biggest challenge for her was wearing a pair of high heels. It was fun to see Michelle navigate in stilettos. She was unsteady on them, which shows a completely fresh side of her.”

What did Michelle think when she got a call from director Anderson asking to get her back? “How the hell are you going to bring somebody back after they’ve been shot in the head?” the actress states in a press junket… I did see the bullet exit the back and splatter against the wall behind me. How you gonna take that back, huh?”

But Anderson did bring her back and in a big way.

Why does Michelle think the film franchise has such an endearing quality? “Any movie that involves humanity threatened in any way, shape or form, as incredulous as it may seem, even zombies, I think people really gravitate towards it. I think it has to do with a kind of slight death wish that humanity has for themselves… that and the fact that Paul W.S. Ander has done an amazing job of respecting the inception of the franchise video game form.”

The countdown has begun. Don’t miss Resident Evil: Retribution this opening weekend!


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Elia Esparza is a leading expert in communications and journalism targeting the burgeoning Hispanic market and has produced and written dozens of articles. President and CEO of Always Evolving PR and a Communications Specialist, Elia, incorporates her 18 years experience in the areas of entertainment and education public relations, and marketing. promotions, market research and translations (Eng/Span).