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SDCC 2012: Resident Evil: Retribution Panel Live Blog


SDCC 2012: Resident Evil: Retribution Panel Live Blog

4:40 – That’s all she wrote for “Resident Evil: Retribution,” a quick panel clocking in at just about 30 minutes.

4:38 – How is it returning to the franchise? Oded says, “It’s wonderful.” He adds, “If they asked me to be the lunch boy and deliver sandwiches I probably would have done that, too.”

4:36 – How much do you guys bench? Milla confuses “benching” with “planking,” but then says she doesn’t bench. Michelle says, “I gyrate a lot. It keeps me healthy.” Everyone laughs, but then she turns it around saying she was referring to dancing.

4:35 – Milla says she and Paul have had conversations about the end of Alice while at home. She says that he told her what will happen. “Paul did tell me an idea he had for a #6. I don’t know details and all that … but he said, I really want to bring it to a closure and if we did do another one,” he wants to end the story. Michelle taunts Milla saying she thought Milla was going to reveal something juicy.

4:33 – Paul talks about the future of the franchise, calling the movie “the beginning of the end.” He goes on, “A lot of characters die,” and “no one’s really safe at this point.”

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4:32 – For Michelle, how does it feel to be the queen of resurrection with this and “Fast & Furious?” She replies, “I am very grateful, love, for your comment there.”

4:30 – What kind of training did you have to do? Milla says, “There’s certain things that I’ve learned doing action films … for over a decade now,” and that she’s always trying to test herself. “But I do have to say, screaming and being suburban Alice … I would have the biggest headache.”

4:28 – Another fan follows up the incident well, joking that was her question, too. She moves on to her real question about Milla and Michelle being strong leading ladies. “Milla was doing that shit way before I started,” Michelle says. She adds that she didn’t make a lot of money going the route she did, but she’s very grateful for her opportunities. Milla says, “There’s never been a better time to be a woman who wants to kick butt.”

4:27 – Buzz Lightyear steps up to the mic for the first fan question. He asks Michelle if she’d consider having sex with him. A big Comic Con no-no. The audience boos, but Michelle actually launches into a response. She tells a story of some drunk guy who used to do something nasty in her backyard. She tells the “sex question” guy that that’s who he reminds her of. He’s escorted out.

4:26 – Back to some questions. Mika talks about working with Milla with the help of a translator. Even though she couldn’t speak English on set, Milla welcomed her warmly and she had a great time making the movie.

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4:20 – Paul says the scene is nine minutes long in the movie, but we only get two and some of the visual effects aren’t finished. Here’s a big time SPOILER ALERT for anyone who doesn’t want the grand finale spoiled. The scene takes place in an icy tundra. Alice pulls up in a gigantic snow truck – we get a glimpse of a child inside, probably her daughter from the trailer – but the truck tips and she gets out right in front of an Umbrella trailer structure. Out of that trailer comes Jill Valentin (Sienna Guillory), Mika’s character and Rain. Alice and Jill go at it in an often slo-mo fight sequence while Rain injects herself with some sort of serum that has this scorpion-like creature in it. Apparently it makes her indestructible because she easily takes on a barrage of bullets. Also of note, the 3D here pops more so than in a 3D video shown in Hall H today thanks to snowfall.

4:19 – And now here comes the SDCC exclusive footage! Paul says, “This is a small taste of the climatic fight at the end of the movie.”

4:17 – Milla says she’s thrilled to be back as Alice. “Just watching the trailer with my glasses, the movie is so spectacular, you’re gonna love it!” Of exploring a new side of Alice, Milla says it was “horrifying.” She says she took super powered Alice for granted and that all normal people do is “run and scream.”

4:16 – The cast joins Paul on stage – Milla Jovovich, Michelle Rodriguez, Oded Fehr, Boris Kodjoe and Mika Nakashima.

4:13 – Here comes the trailer – nothing new. Same one that’s already online. Again, it’s tough to feel the depth of the 3D so far away from the screen.

4:11 – First up is Paul W.S. Anderson. He takes the stage to chat a bit before revealing some never before seen footage. “This movie really goes above and beyond any of the ‘Resident Evil’ movies so far.” He says it was important to make the film big as far as scale goes, but small as well to keep the focus on Milla’s character.

4:10 – Here comes the moderator, Ralph Garman. He calls film five the biggest of them all.

Round five of the “Resident Evil” franchise is due out on September 14th, so what better way to build hype than by having Alice herself grace Hall H? Not only is Milla Jovovich coming in for Screen Gems’ “Resident Evil: Retribution” panel, but Michelle Rodriguez, Oded Fehr, Boris Kodjoe, Mika Nakashima and writer-director Paul W.S. Anderson will be in the house as well. We’ve seen a fair amount of trailers, clips and posters, but supposedly the gang will have an exclusive preview of the new film to share.

In case you’re just joining us now, be sure to keep refreshing the page to get the latest from the panel.

By Perri Nemiroff

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Film producer and director best known for her work in movies such as FaceTime, Trevor, and The Professor. She has worked as an online movie blogger and reporter for sites such as,, Shockya, and MTV's Movies Blog.

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