One of the most successful video game movie franchises is the Resident Evil films. So naturally it was only a matter of time before we got inevitable reboot. Gone are the more sci-fi elements of the original series of films and Milla Jovovich’s Alice and her wire-fu action scenes are replaced with the horror and scares that are staples in the RE games.
The film is written and directed by Johannes Roberts. Adapted from the stories of the first and second games by Capcom, it serves as a reboot of the Resident Evil film series and the seventh live-action film overall, which was loosely based on the video game series of the same name. The film stars Kaya Scodelario, Hannah John-Kamen, Robbie Amell, Tom Hopper, Avan Jogia, Donal Logue, and Neal McDonough. The film is set in the late 90s just like the original game. So we get things like beepers, palm pilots, and popular 90s tunes.
It helps that this new RE stays a lot more faithful to the source material lifting elements, locations, key characters, and a plethora of Easter eggs for long time fans. Whereas in the previous films, the video game characters always took a back seat to Alice but here fan favorites like Chris and Claire Redfield take center stage alongside Jill Valentine, Leon Kennedy, and Albert Wesker.
However it’s greatest strength is also the film’s greatest weakness. The film stumbles its way throughout the first part of the film to a thrilling and terrifying second act but then kind of falls flat in the final act of the film.
RE Welcome To Raccoon City would have benefited from being broken into two films, one dealing with the Spencer mansion and the other devoted to the fall of Raccoon City. Both settings look just like the games down to every small detail. However we don’t get enough time in either. The mansion scenes are the best parts of the film especially when Chris Redfield is running and gunning through a sea of zombies and the only light is the burst from his weapon as a slew of zombies charge towards him.
The aforementioned weak ending is kind of a let down but the post credits scene and true to the source material script will be enough to make old school RE fans happy even if it does kind of leave the uninitiated fans in the cold.
HipsterZOMBIEJoint Experience recommends checking out Resident Evil Welcome To Raccoon City if you loved the games but it might be a rental to those just looking for a fun horror film to watch…