Resident Evil: Retribution | tomandandy
In the fifth installment of the long-running video game-based post-apocalyptic action series, the Umbrella Corporation’s T-virus has finally canvassed the whole earth, forcing Milla Jovovich’s Alice and her allies to undertake a globe-traveling quest to track down those responsible for pushing mankind to the brink.
In their second effort for the franchise, composing duo tomandandy – aka Andy Milburn and Thomas Hajdu – expand and elaborate on their approach with the previous installment, “Resident Evil: Afterlife.” building on the series’ pulsating electronic action cues with added orchestral elements and a broad range of international influences to underline the new film’s broader, more epic concerns and higher stakes. Where First Blood is shaded by Middle Eastern influences, Tokyo Revisited veers toward Asian-accented techno-punk while End of the World strains for an electronic variation on the classical film score anthem. With the exception of the low-droning mood track Imprinted, however, most of the tracks still adhere to the franchise’s popular adrenaline-pumping video game intonations: most notably Corridor, Phantom Chase and the appropriately named Zombies Under Ice.