The upcoming Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City movie is releasing in theaters exclusively on November 24, 2021, and the long-awaited film has finally got its first trailer. And the best part is, surprisingly, it doesn’t feel half bad.
About two and a half minutes long, the trailer largely focuses on the events of Resident Evil 2, in and around the Raccoon Police Department headquarters. The set design is impressively evocative of the PS1 original as well as the lauded 2019 Resident Evil 2 remake.
Later in the trailer, the perspective shifts to the series’ inciting incident at the Spencer Mansion, where once again, the set looks remarkably on point. In both settings we see familiar characters as Claire and Chris Redfield, Jill Valentine and more.
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There’s also an impressive amount of attention to detail. The film’s title is rendered in the iconic Resident Evil font, and there are tons of Easter eggs sprinkled throughout the trailer that fans of the series will have no trouble recognizing, such as the truck scene from the opening of RE2, as well as “Itchy Delicious”” splattered in blood, referring to a ghostly file found in the first game.
A plethora of series’ terrifying creatures also appear, and we’re not just talking about zombies. We saw Resident Evil 2’s terrifying lichen with Cerberus dogs and what appears to be the final form of mutated umbrella scientist William Birkin.
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We won’t be in a rush to draw conclusions for Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City, but judging by this first trailer, the film seems to be doing a lot of things right. The set design is incredibly precise and suitably moody, and there are plenty of recognizable props and iconography that scream “Resident Evil.”
It’s certainly a far cry from the Paul W.S. Anderson hexalogy of Resident Evil movies, which arguably took itself too seriously while deviating from the plot and themes of the series.
Just like the positive impression we got from the first sneak peek at Netflix’s cowboy bebop, Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City, we hope that maybe, just maybe, we’ll finally get a video game adaptation that totally doesn’t suck.
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