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Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City

This started off quite well. None of it was making sense but I was really into the old b-movie aesthetic, and there was just something endearing about it. Then after about twenty minutes that all crumbles a bit. None of the characters behave like humans, every conversation contains at least one person saying “what the fuck?” and nothing seems to happen for any reason at all.  

Having grown up as a fan of the Resident Evil games, I have to admit that it’s quite nice to finally have a Resident Evil movie that resembles them in any way. Admittedly though, it’s all very surface level. You can tell the filmmakers are fans too in some way, but they use all the same game mechanics, like the main character carrying a Palm Pilot to move the plot along, that just aren’t necessary and don’t work for films. There are also title cards of random times that do absolutely nothing other than give you an idea of how close the end of the film is.

It doesn’t quite get to the level of “so bad it’s good”, but there are bits that are hilarious. Unintentionally, too. When it tries to be funny it absolutely isn’t, but there’s one scene that accidentally had me in stitches. Probably worth watching just for that, and similarly that alone makes it better than all the other Resident Evil movies.

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