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‘Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City’ assessment: Film shockingly does not suck


After six critically derided “Resident Evil” films over 14 years, a return journey to Raccoon City wouldn’t be my first decide for a vacation.

Yet the reboot of the video-game franchise, known as “Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City,” has been given the reward of extraordinarily low expectations. It’s the primary watchable entry within the collection. For as soon as, you don’t envy the fortunate individuals who get killed by zombies.

The 2002 unique, wherein star Milla Jovovich’s most well-liked methodology for incapacitating the undead was by breaking their necks along with her thighs, got here out when railing in opposition to the person was all the craze. Green Day’s anti-establishment album “American Idiot” adopted it two years later.

Robbie Amell (left), Chad Rook, Hannah John-Kamen and Tom Hopper keep away from zombies in “Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City.”
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The timing made sense for a company screed, nevertheless it resulted in an obnoxiously self-serious film, given the zombies-live-underground plot and aforementioned thigh-to-neck fight type.

“Raccoon City” remains to be concerning the menacing, omnipotent Umbrella Company, a pharmaceutical large whose secret human experiments lead to an area apocalypse, solely now it’s a lot funnier and leans extra horror than motion. It’s the spawn of “Shaun of the Dead” and “Stranger Things.”

Kaya Scodelario performs Claire Redfield, a tormented badass who returns to the city she grew up in as an orphan to go to her brother Chris (Robbie Amell), who’s a cop there. She needs to warn him concerning the nefarious deeds Umbrella has been up to in Raccoon City. Claire picked the fallacious day for a household reunion.

That’s as a result of the residents have been contaminated with a virus that turns them into human-hungry corpses, and Claire, Chris and their cop buddies should escape earlier than they develop into brain-eaters and Umbrella blows the place to smithereens. 

Wrapped up within the scheme is Dr. Birkin, a smiley baddie who turns into a grotesque villain.

Robbie Amell and Kaya Scodelario star in "Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City."
Robbie Amell and Kaya Scodelario star in “Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City.”
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Don’t ask me how effectively the story matches up with video video games. I couldn’t care much less.

And it doesn’t actually matter. The movie is empty-headed good enjoyable that’s blessedly below two hours and has simply sufficient character improvement to make you type of care when somebody will get bitten.

Director Johannes Roberts’ film can also be shrewdly set in 1998, so there aren’t any smartphones or ubiquitous 24-hour cable news networks to make communication simpler. The characters stare in awe at a Palm Pilot and ask “what the f – – k is a chatroom?”

The ending doesn’t make it clear if a sequel is deliberate. But when it comes to squeezing all of the pennies they’ll out of this franchise, anticipate Sony to be pure “Evil.”

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