Many movie projects seem to be created only for hardcore fans. There’s nothing wrong with that, as long as it still conveys a decent story. Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City does not meet this.
Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City returns to the 1980s milestone, back to Raccoon City – the birthplace of Umbrella Corporation, this movie tells about the beginning of the T virus and the story of the Redfield brothers Chris and Claire. At this time, Claire has been away from home for 5 years, and Chris becomes a police officer of a decaying Raccoon city. The two brothers reunited unexpectedly. But the inhabitants of the city are mysteriously becoming monsters.
Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City is a prequel to the Resident Evil franchise that made the name of actress Milla Jonovich. The franchise has officially ended with the Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (2016) . But it still has potential characters to exploit. Like the two Redfield brothers. Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City seems to have captured that when letting Claire and Christ become the main characters of the film. But the project seems to have gone in the wrong direction.
This film is inspired by the first two Resident Evil games by Capcom and is touted as the most faithful film to the original. It seems that loyalty has been pushed too far. Because Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City shows up as video parts of role-playing games that lead players into the plot of that game, only Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City doesn’t have a gameplay section for players to actually play. understand the story. In other words, Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City is like being pieced together from impromptu movies so that viewers can understand the problem when they encounter empty spaces. This is reinforced when the action sequences are done in a “first-player” style.
The action sequences are really suspenseful, sensational and terrifying – they are the only bright spot in this movie, while the story, which is the most important thing here, is neglected. And that is not a light feeling of disappointment. Imagine a movie that pushes a bunch of questions in your face without even bothering to answer them. Worse, it expects you to understand yourself as if you were automatically a die-hard fan of the franchise for a long time and could grasp the full story.
Although we know that Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City is a movie aimed at hardcore fans of the franchise, a decent story is something that any audience has the right to demand. Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City actually only lasted 107 minutes, but it confused in juggling two storylines that made the movie feel longer than it actually was. That’s not a good thing about the movie, as it puts the movie in a very awkward position. On the one hand, it makes the viewer feel that the film is long but doesn’t do much, while, at 107 minutes, exploring the two Redfield brothers’ stories in two places is overwhelming.
Questions are still being regularly planted, and answers are nowhere to be found. Is the film holding back the information to make the next part? Or is the information required in the old Resident Evil movies ? Should we rewatch the old part? Claire left and then what did she do all these years? How could she escape a growing Umbrella? Who is Lisa Trevor? Could it be that Christ didn’t know Umbrella was experimenting on orphans? Overall, the confusion and flaw of the script makes watching the movie not fun if the viewer is not a fan or has no knowledge of the film franchise and the Resident Evil game.
At least Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City can still undo the action and the scares, the confrontations between the police force and the zombie swarm with a fast-paced rhythm, balance of sensation and excitement. horror. The context is also a commendable aspect, bearing the typical colors of horror role-playing games in the 2000s. In addition, Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City has nothing to impress anymore, even the image of monsters (it looks like a stuffed animal!), if not the quality of the movie is below average.
The writer also wondered if the fans of this series of games would be satisfied with Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City or not. The movie had a lot of potential and a strong cast. They may not be stars, but they did their best with their roles. The guy Leon Kennedy alone is a misguided attempt to change the character. Knowing everyone has their beginning, but turning Leon into a useless rookie and completely indifferent to reality in a confusing way is extremely uncomfortable to witness.
If you decide to watch Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City , most viewers will regret their decision.