RESIDENT EVIL: WELCOME TO RACCOON CITY (2021) Reviews and two new vignettes and clip

 

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‘Witness the beginning of evil’

Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City is a 2021 American science-fiction horror film, an adaptation of the video game, and a reboot of the film franchise.

Written and directed by Johannes Roberts (47 Meters Down and sequel; The Strangers: Prey at NightThe Other Side of the DoorStorage 24; et al).

The movie stars Kaya Scodelario (Crawl), Hannah John-Kamen (Ant-Man and the Wasp), Robbie Amell (Upload), Tom Hopper (The Umbrella Academy), Avan Jogia (Zombieland: Double Tap), Neal McDonough (Yellowstone) and Donal Logue as Chief Irons.

The movie was produced by Robert Kulzer (Constantin Film), James Harris for Tea Shop Productions (I Am Not A Serial Killer) and Hartley Gorenstein (The Boys). Alex Westmore and Colin Scully of Constantin Film oversaw the project.

Director Johannes Roberts told Deadline: “With this movie, I really wanted to go back to the original first two games and recreate the terrifying visceral experience I had when I first played them whilst at the same time telling a grounded human story about a small dying American town that feels both relatable and relevant to today’s audiences.”

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Plot:

Once the booming home of pharmaceutical giant Umbrella Corporation, Raccoon City is now a dying Midwestern town. The company’s exodus left the city a wasteland…with great evil brewing below the surface.

When that evil is unleashed, the townspeople are forever…changed…and a small group of survivors must work together to uncover the truth behind Umbrella and make it through the night…

Reviews:

“Fans of the video game will find a lot to love here, and it is honestly refreshing to not have to worry about the previous six films of mythology and continuity. It’s thinly plotted and adequately acted, but it knows what it wants to be and embraces that to the best of its ability. It ain’t good, but all that ain’t nothin’ either.” Awesome Friday

“This adaptation makes strange choices with its characters and can be rough around the edges, but it offers a compelling lead and succeeds in suspense-filled sequences. Roberts keeps things moving briskly, but it does constantly throw a lot of information at its audience […] Welcome to Raccoon City is a movie made for the games’ fans by one massive fan.” Bloody Disgusting

“There are definitely some elements that could have used a little extra tweaking (I will forever remain saddened by the monsters in this), but as a whole, Johannes Roberts has crafted a video game adaptation that’s bursting with love for those games as well as the horror genre, and it’s his enthusiasm and attention to detail, plus Scodelario’s performance, that saved the movie for me and made it a rather entertaining viewing experience.” Daily Dead

“Instead of relying on characters like Alice, we see those involved deal with their situation and the different ways they handle conflict, which grounds the film in realism. The cast is solid, with the female characters being the most intelligent, competent, and heroic of the story. However, the flaws become noticeable when the film meanders in the middle as the exposition stops the pace from moving forward.” Deadline

“We can definitely guess the larger points that will happen, but the ride is agreeable enough. There are nice nods to moments in the games, such as certain locations, character actions, weapons, and the appearance of memorable monsters. And yet nothing feels forced or slotted in just for the sake of fan service. A decent horror film needs good scares and good action, and this film provides.” Screen Anarchy

“Once the S.T.A.R.S. team inevitably discovers that the laboratories in Spencer Mansion’s basement were being used for human experiments and the creation of the (un)deadly T- and G-viruses, our heroes spend the rest of the film routinely fleeing from the CGI beasties that start rampaging out of the woodwork. Instead of effectively capturing the chaos of a shooter game, though, Roberts’s images coalesce into a mass of incoherent sludge.” Slant

“A pair of early zooms, as well as recurring white-on-black intertitle time cards, flirt with ’70s aesthetics […] Subpar computer-generated effects, helter-skelter editing and a blaring score, though, mark it as a contemporary B-movie […] In any decade, the film’s bevy of unexplained details, dropped subplots, paper-thin characterizations and fright-free mayhem would disappoint.” Variety

Release:

Sony will release Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City theatrically on Wednesday, November 24th 2021.

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Cast and characters confirmed:

Kaya Scodelario … Claire Redfield
Hannah John-Kamen … Jill Valentine
Neal McDonough … William Birkin
Tom Hopper … Albert Wesker
Robbie Amell … Chris Redfield
Avan Jogia … Leon S. Kennedy
Donal Logue … Chief Brian Irons
Lily Gao … Ada Wong
Chad Rook … Richard Aiken
Stephannie Hawkins … Sickly Mom
Darren W. Marynuk … Self
Carson Manning … Orderly

Filming locations:

Sudbury, Ontario, Canada (outdoor filming)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada (studio)

Trailer:

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