Resident Evil, horror or survival masterpiece?

Resident Evil, horror or survival masterpiece?

New year, new film criticism, which thus breaks our habit of dealing with vaping news. Today we are talking about a film that can raise expectations, a lot of expectations. This Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City. After several films of the director Paul W. S. Anderson with Milla Jovovichfans of the famous franchise known in Japan as ” Biological hazard undoubtedly had the right to expect a script faithful to the famous video game. So, good bet?


Who doesn’t know the franchise resident Evil “? Whether we’re talking about video games, movies, or even a few animated films, it’s almost impossible not to hear about this must-have attribute of a particular genre: survival horror. At the heart of everything is Resident Evil – a video game developed and published in 1996 by a well-known Japanese company. Capcom also known for video game series such as ” Street Fighter ” or ” monster hunter“. Since the creation of the first opus, Resident Evil or “BioHazard” in Japanese has sold over 100 million copies.

Obviously, the studio’s greed was too great not to try to get its hands on this gold mine to make great Hollywood films. If the recipe may seem simple: zombies, a devastating virus, a dark company and an apocalyptic atmosphere, it is still necessary to convince an audience acquired in the world of video games. The first highly anticipated saga developed by Paul W. S. Anderson appeared between 2002 and 2016.

Far removed from the plot of video games, this film series follows the adventures of Alice (played by Milla Jovovich), a former security guard for a multinational Umbrella Corporation, who is trying to survive in a world infested with undead and other biological weapons due to a virus released by the Society. If the series holds the record for the most successful video game adaptation, it will clearly not be unanimous among fans of the franchise. In addition, these opuses are often criticized for being too far removed from the original video game plot.

From 2008 to 2017 three animated films produced sony and Capcom bring some balm to the hearts of fans. Primarily Resident Evil: Degeneration released in 2008 then Resident Evil: Damnation released in 2012 to complete Resident Evil: Vendetta released in 2017. Each movie is inserted between the events of different games.

Looking forward to the Netflix series Resident Evil: Endless Darkness which should arrive soon, so it’s time to explore Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City, an adaptation that, judging from the trailer, offers a story and atmosphere faithful to the first two games in the series. But what is it really?


director Story by: Johannes Roberts


Once the thriving headquarters of pharmaceutical giant Umbrella Corporation, Raccoon City is now in its throes. The exodus of society has turned the city into a desert, and a great evil is brewing beneath the surface. When he is released, the townspeople are forever changed, and a small group of survivors must work together to uncover the truth about Umbrella and survive the night.


After this snack, it’s time to plunge into the “zombie” world Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City. And we’re not going to lie to each other, the anticipation was very important to me due to the enticing trailer that seemed to highlight the faithful adaptation of the first and second video game in the same movie. Before even trying to do a detailed review of the film, it should be noted that Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City was directed by Johannes Roberts, a British man with relatively few films to his credit. Also, this new film has a total running time of 1 hour and 47 minutes, which seems rather short for such a massive project. So, are you still ready to learn more? Let’s go!

In terms of casting, it is not surprising that we mainly find second knives such as Robbie Amell for the role Chris Redfield or Kaya Scodelario who interprets Claire Redfield. The only pleasant surprise is the presence of an experienced Neal McDonough (William Birkin) in the series Flash and most recently in the final seasonAmerican Horror Story. Paying attention to the details, we can see that Robbie Amell and Kaya Scodelario fit the characters quite well physically. Unfortunately, the comparison stops there, because for the rest of the actors this is a monumental failure. Tom Hopper (Albert Wester) is not a level and Hannah John Kamen pales in the role of Jill Valentine, introduced in the film as a crazy trigger. Worse, Avan Jogia (Leon S. Kennedy) turns a mythical character from the Resident Evil series into a pitiful little clumsy and stupid petochard. The goal is not to kill this new film, however I clarify that the presence of important characters such as Cherry Birkin (Holly de Barros), Ada Wong (Lily Gao) and Brad Vickers (Nathan Dales) remains a bright spot in the franchise’s mind. An important omission in the film regarding the casting of the mythical character from Resident Evil, the first name: Barry Burton, a member of S.T.A.R.S. who saves Jill Valentine many times in the video game. Shame…

For my part, expectations were especially high for the script of this new opus. Finally an achievement worthy of such brilliant games as Resident Evil? Unfortunately, it only takes a good 15-20 minutes to realize that if the intentions are good, Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City may be unable to fulfill certain promises. Indeed, this achievement suggests a scenario that is split between the stories of the first game (in the mansion) and the second (in Raccoon City) to eventually make a mouth leading to a potential sequel (Resident Evil 3?). If you know Capcom’s games to perfection, you’ll easily let yourself go on an adventure, but quickly get frustrated by the many labels and lack of originality. Inaccurate, often erratic and repetitive, Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City Forget the show’s obvious recipe for success: suspense, horror, and mystery. However, this kind of production requires original music composed by Mark Corven is not a memorable addition of a new bad moment to the general atmosphere.

Who says Resident Evil necessarily imposes a large presence of zombies, various monsters of the series. If we are happy to find William Birkin (and his hideous transformation), Lisa Trevor, zombie dogs (Doberman) and even liquor, we will be disappointed not to see more. With a very limited budget ($25 million) less or even much less than the other Resident Evil films ($35 million to $65 million each), it was not to be expected. And if this is felt in the casting and script, then the discrepancy between the stated ambitions of reality is felt primarily in the monotonous, minimalist and repetitive scenery, as well as in special effects and extremely limited make-up.

We could do a much longer analysis, but that would not necessarily make sense in view of what has already been said. Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City made me drool over his trailer and then disappointed me. If the budget side is partly to blame for the disappointment, then the choice of the director, as well as ignoring the Resident Evil universe, make this opus a dismal failure. Without being able to make a blockbuster, it would be necessary to concentrate on what constitutes the strength of the series: horror, pain and suspense in a simpler structure that winks at fans of the first two games. Unfortunately, this opus will quickly join the graveyard of video game movies no one remembers, like Mario Bros, Street Fighter or Mortal Kombat: Final Destruction. Let’s hope they don’t tempt fate with a sequel…