Resident Evil movies have been terrible so far, but Welcome to Raccoon City game’s roots give hope

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The release of Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City is just around the corner. It will be released in Indian theaters early next month. Written and directed by Johannes Roberts, the film reboots the franchise that spanned six films, four of which were directed by Paul WS Anderson.

The new film takes a different approach. It promises a more faithful adaptation of the source video game series. I don’t keep much hope, however, because I was burnt by the original films. The Resident Evil film series was creatively bankrupt, and it starred Milla Jovovich, an actor who wouldn’t show emotion if his life depended on it.

But let’s not anticipate on ourselves.

Many say it’s impossible to make a good Resident Evil movie because the core principle of the franchise is just too cheesy. I do not agree. These films are based on Capcom’s hugely popular and long-running horror video game series of the same name. The games tell a compelling story about ordinary people taking on an evil drug company called the Umbrella Corporation, which * spoiler alert * is also engaged in illegal biological weapons research. These “weapons” come in the form of almost invulnerable mutated beings. But when an accident causes an epidemic in the fictional town of Raccoon City, the locals turn into zombies.

The story and world of Resident Evil is rich in thematic and narrative detail and if a talented team of writers and directors are given the reins, they can certainly do something special with the material.

But Anderson was not that person. The nicest thing that can be said about the original films is… were they professionally made? There were sets, cast, crew, trailers, promotional events and everything else that goes with a real Hollywood production.

The characters in the original series, even the ones not played by Jovovich, were generic and finely written. The dialogue was even worse. It was as if Anderson was moving upside down as a creative person. Watch Monster Hunter if you don’t believe me.

Defenders of these films could point the finger at the spectacle they offered. But the visual effects were also pretty bad. They might have been expensive, but just spending money on things doesn’t always work. Justice League (2017) was one of the most expensive movies ever made, but I think we can all agree that it looked pretty cheap.

Of course, we expect video game movies to suck. Most do. The genre seems cursed. But even by those standards, the Resident Evil movies were terrible.

Welcome to Raccoon City, the next reboot, has one thing to do. He has the lowest bar to cross.


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