Resident Evil: Welcome To Raccoon City – Trailer Talk
Less than ten years after writer/director Paul W. S. Anderson (Event Horizon, Monster Hunter) ended his ‘Resident Evil’ film franchise, fans are getting another ‘Resident Evil’ film. Directed and written by Johannes Roberts (The Strangers: Prey At Night, 47 Meters Down), this film promises to be a restart and a much closer adaptation to the famous horror gaming franchise. After the previous films had rapidly separated itself from its source material to the point where it only had the title in common, fans were understandably wary but intrigued with this reboot. And, on Thursday 7th October, we were treated to a first look at the film.
Set in 1998, ‘Resident Evil: Welcome To Raccoon City’ explores the origins of the doomed Raccoon City, as well as secrets of the mysterious Spencer Mansion.
I will admit, my knowledge when it comes to the franchise are seriously lacking: I’ve played ‘Resident Evil 7: Biohazard’ and ‘RES: Village’, both of which I really enjoyed as well as seeing some of the Anderson films, which rapidly decreased in quality from the second film onwards. But the original trilogy of games are ones I have never played. Therefore, I am judging this trailer on a film perspective alone.
And it overall looks fun. Kaya Scodelario (Skins, Crawl, The Maze Runner) and Robbie Amell (The Flash, Upload) play Chris and Claire Redfield and, as someone who likes the lead actors, I’m happy to see them be involved in a big property like this. And, from the trailer, it looks as if they’ll do a good job. Because this film is written and directed by someone who’s familiar with the horror genre, I’m also hoping the reboot will be much more violent and bloody than its predecessors.
There’s also a couple of familiar faces: Umbrella Corporation is obviously mentioned, a zombie dog attacks and even the fan favourite The Licker appears in all its gross glory! However, the one glaring issue personally was the bad CGI. While I will definitely be seeing this when it arrives in cinema, it doesn’t resemble a cinema release, and more feels like a high budget TV movie which is a shame.
But, like I’ve said, I’m still interested in this, despite the poor CGI and my lack of knowledge around the source material. It still looks fun and I’m a fan of the two lead actors. I just hope that, due to the writer/director attached to this, it’s more violent and bloody than the previous ‘Resident Evil’ films.
‘Resident Evil: Welcome To Raccoon City’ will be in UK cinemas 3rd December 2021.
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