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Resident Evil: 'Welcome To Raccoon City' Has A Problem

New Resident Evil films should bring me joy, but instead I'm filled with anxiety.
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Resident Evil Welcome to Raccoon City

Photo: Sony Pictures

When I saw the first trailers, yes plural, for Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City, I thought it looked incredible. Finally, we're getting an actual live-action version of the events of Resident Evil 1 and 2. The first trailer paints a broad picture of the events to come but they make it messier than it should have been. The second shows us the more linear view of how this story takes place and has more of a horror feel.

There is a lot to break down here, and this is sure to cause mixed feelings for fans of the game. Welcome to Raccoon City has a problem, but there are also plenty of good things to take away from this first look.

First Trailer

Pros

  • Many different locations including the Raccoon City Police Department, the orphanage, the parking garage, the mansion, and the forest.
  • Chief Irons, played by Donal Logue, looks great. Donal Logue is absolutely legendary in Sons of Anarchy and he should bring a unique perspective on a twisted character such as Chief Irons.
Claire Redfield Leon Kennedy Resident Evil

Claire Redfield and Leon KennedyPhoto: Sony Pictures

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Cons

  • Claire Redfield just looks like Theresa from The Maze Runner in a Resident Evil cosplay competition.
  • Jill Valentine looks so off to me that I actually had to look up who Hannah John-Kamen was playing to confirm.
  • The dogs and the lickers look comical. Hopefully, I'm proven wrong when the lickers actually start moving the way they should.
  • What I expect is Doctor Birkin in mutated form looks a little cartoony and very CGI-enhanced.

Second Trailer

Pros

  • Horror! The way that Resident Evil should be. None of the Paul W.S. Anderson films were based in horror and this film finally puts it before action.
  • Wesker is showcased better here than in the first trailer.

Cons

  • Unfortunately, the special effects again. The lickers and Doctor Birkin don't look any better.
  • There is way too much going on in this film.

Final Summation

I'm very excited about this film but I'm also filled with anxiety over certain details that really bother me. Claire and Leon don't look just right and the special effects look extremely weak. It appears that director Johannes Roberts is taking every liberty that he can. He's pulling characters and stories from both of the first two games and while that's interesting, it could be very problematic. I'm afraid that Roberts is trying to do too much in this film and that will significantly weaken the overall product.

This film is supposed to be more of an actual origin for Resident Evil. I anticipate how they expect to pull this off while taking inspiration from plenty of the source material, but I have low expectations. This film is already messy with so many different characters and locations, all pulled from across two games. I'm very worried that they won't be able to put the correct focus on the main characters. I'm also concerned that the monsters in this film are going to look terrible. The first trailers showed us glimpses of the zombie dogs, the Lickers, and mutated-Birkin -- all of which were not very impressive.

Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City releases exclusively in theatres on November 24, 2021. When the most impressive thing in the first trailers is seeing Donal Logue in Chief Irons costume, there might be a problem. I sincerely hope they prove me wrong.