Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City is a silly, joyously faithful movie take on the games

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Albert Wesker (left), Jill Valentine and Chris Redfield fled to the mansion, where they thought it was safe.

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If someone asked me to make a theme park based on anything in pop culture, I’d make a scary re-creation of Resident Evil games Spencer Mansion and the Raccoon Police Department. If you’re high-five me right now, then Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City is absolutely the movie for you. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, that’s definitely not the case.

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movie which became a hit US Theater Wednesdays and will land in the UK on December 3 and in Australia on December 8 – written and directed by Johannes Roberts of 47 Meter Down, and features an adaptation that is fairly faithful to the source material. He retells films wisely and dismisses the film’s complicated continuity six milla jovovich Resident Evil outing, which barely resembled the games.

In doing so, Roberts has created a film that will delight fans looking for a fun ride filled with Easter eggs in the first two games. 25 years old Survival horror series. However, the film may leave the wider audience a little bewildered and dissatisfied.

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The film begins promisingly with flashbacks of siblings Claire and Chris Redfield as youths living in a spooky orphanage. Like most of Raccoon City, the place is run by the Umbrella Corporation (surely a children’s home run by a drug company would raise some red flags?) and has an intensely “immoral experimentation” vibe.

We jumped in 1998, with Umbrella leaving town to set up somewhere new. Redfield has all grown up and gone their separate ways, but Claire (maze RunnerKaya Scodelario) returns with some intense conspiracy theories about Umbrella’s experiments on the public. But Chris (from Robbie Amell Flash), now a member of the city’s police force and feeling indebted to the company, has nothing and his sister’s suspicion falls on deaf ears.

Welcome to Resident Evil: Raccoon City Zombie

Zombies look forward to welcoming you to Raccoon City.

Zombies soon begin to shake off the streets and bite people, suggesting that Claire may be right. As Raccoon City falls into chaos, she heads to the police station to find Chris again, teaming up with badass cop Leon S. Kennedy (from Avan Jogia) along the way. Zombieland: Double Tap) and Abominable Chief Brian Irons (Donal Logo of .) Gotham,

Meanwhile, Chris and his elite team, which includes series icon Jill Valentine (Ant-Man and the WaspHannah John-Kamen) and Albert Wesker (from Tom Hooper Umbrella Academy), are sent to an abandoned mansion on the outskirts of the city to locate their missing compatriots and search for more starving dead.

Fans of the long-running game series will recognize these different plot threads as the stories of the first two entries, so there’s a huge amount to cover in the film’s 107-minute runtime. And it’s put together very well, paying homage to the game’s scholarly dialogue and B-movie inspiration along the way.

meet the redfields

Scodelario gives Claire a similar intensity, though she’s not nearly as hot a character as she is in the games. She and Amel take on each other well, understanding that despite the differences between these siblings, they have great affection.

Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City Leon and Claire

Leon S. Kennedy and Claire Redfield explore the Raccoon Police Department, which is full of horrors.

The rest of the characters feel secondary to Redfields, but all the actors manage to make them memorable. Log chews up the scenes as his frantic cop boss delivers expository dialogue in a breathlessly comical manner, Jogia’s Leon travels on his feet (his incompetence is likely to anger sports fans) and Hopper’s traditionally icy Wesker as a Fascinating affects from internal conflict.

We also get Neil McDonough (from Captain America: The First Avenger) as William Birkin, hamming it up as he slides from loving father to mad scientist. Despite his prominence in sports, the film is not enough to make him memorable in the Birkin family.

It’s understandable to push these characters into the background, but Jon-Kamen feels criminally underutilized. Different hardcore and sometimes sassy Jill from Games, the movie version is a bit disjointed and unpredictable. Jon-Kamen is clearly having fun in the role and it’s a pleasure to watch, but you want to spend more time with him.

Resident Evil: Welcome to the Raccoon City District

Hannah John-Kamen’s Jill is so much fun to watch.

city ​​of the dead

As fans of the games know, Resident Evil’s locations are just as important as its characters. Both versions of the film are heavily influenced by their sports counterparts, but the lavish mansion feels a bit cramped, and the police station’s main hall has a CGI glow of unreal in the background (makes it look strange, but charmingly underrated as one of these). Same pre-rendered backgrounds of older games). Other than these rooms, no other locations in the movie last long enough to give us the feeling that they are torn from the game.

The zombie makeup is super creepy and visually distinctive across the board, while the CGI monsters blend strongly with the practical elements and stay true to their game counterparts.

Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City Chris

Robbie Amell’s Chris has one of the best action scenes in the movie (but doesn’t punch any boulders).

Encounters with the undead are engaging and intense, with quick cuts and disturbing perspectives paying homage to the early game’s fixed camera angles. The most memorable encounter sees Chris battling a zombie horde that burns only with the glint of his gun and lighter – it’ll give you the same adrenaline rush you got from the most thrilling moments in games.

The exclusivity of some scenes is likely to alienate those who haven’t played the game—a scene where Claire pauses to watch a projected movie will blow away longtime fans, but it’s one for more casual audiences. Will feel like non sequitur.

Welcome to Resident Evil: Raccoon City Liquor

Licker has absolutely zero respect for your personal space.

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The surprising use of ’90s pop songs (and a killer ’80s tune) offset some of the film’s darker moments, adds a touch of surrealism and reminds us that the filmmakers take themselves too seriously. are not taking. In contrast, the score of Mark Corwen (who had previously shown off his intimidating chops Witch And Electricity house) adds a layer of dread as our heroes battle to survive in this ruined city.

The film relies more on the looks, action, and absurd quirks of the games than their horror moments, so those expecting a bigger scare are likely to be disappointed. One of the games’ really terrifying-but-sad enemy is perhaps a little too human, lowering the threat level, while the other iconic baddie is completely absent.

Yet, despite the lack of scares, slight variations in the game’s lore and overall silliness, Johannes Roberts’ love for Resident Evil is evident in every moment of Welcome to Raccoon City. With a barrage of Easter eggs — be sure to stick around for the mid-credits sequence — and charming takes on classic characters, the film is a hilarious trip to the Spencer Mansion and the Raccoon Police Department aimed solely at fans. .

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