Resident Evilis a name that carries a lot with it: starting from video games, the signed product Capcom has managed to become a brand known all over the world. We’d like to say that the cinematic transpositions are up to par with the video games that have bewitched an entire community for years and years, but that would truly be a real heresy. Precisely for this reason we ask ourselves: the Resident Evil reboot could change the cards on the table?
In a world where all film or television products based on video games have been able to give the worst of them – both in fiction and in characterization and direction – perhaps there is hope on the horizon. Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccon City seems to be a product capable of not turning into a great new meme or a negligible b movie, capable of escaping from being framed as yet another failed experiment. Let’s see what went wrong previously and because we have hopes for the seventh film in the franchise.
A long journey, between false moves and winning choices
2021 is the year of Resident Evil, not only for the arrival of the eighth chapter – criticized and loved at the same time – but also for its 25th anniversary. Undoubtedly the horror franchise is among the most famous in the entire gaming industry, and Capcom he has well thought of giving a new cinematic face to the product.
We live in a period profoundly marked by experimentation and the ever greater desire to combine games and films in one great universe: HBO and Netflix are aiming for it a lot, albeit with results that do not seem to please everyone. Previously, the Resident Evil starring the splendid Milla Jovovich have been able to talk about themselves abundantly.
It is a long (and detestable) journey that began in 2002 – in the midst of the trash of a film era a little too adrift – and which ended in recent 2016: a real epic that could be discussed. long. Of the true essence of Resident Evil in this past saga there is very little: if anything, the turbulent work is a product in its own right, the emblem of horror b movies; a title he won tooth and nail.
There is no mention of a terrible film saga in every aspect, there is undoubtedly much worse on the horror market of today, but unfortunately the Capcom franchise has only been seen a small crumb. The whole is exasperatedly “gothic”, with a splendid protagonist – clearly out of Van Helsing – and a narrative that we can even avoid considering. The new reboot, on the other hand, could – let’s avoid daring too much with confidence – offer us something much more inherent; under every aspect.
Finally we could see the real characters of the saga and in a much more credible context inspired by the videogame chapters that have marked generations of gamers. Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City is a reboot that actually tries to wink at fans, avoiding creating unnecessary stylistic exasperations.
From the few photos we have seen – directly from the set – the places where the film will take place try to be faithful to those of the videogame. The cast itself and the stylistic characterization of the characters appear quite credible: no pomp for Claire or Leon and we like it. We are happy not to meet a protagonist like Alice – from the previous saga – and this already convinces us to take a look at the new product.
Resident Evil reboot: less glitz, more facts
Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City will arrive on Netflix this November and perhaps it could be the first film inspired in an interesting way by a videogame / anime / comic product that is. We know for sure that we will meet many of the historical characters featured in the Capcom title, including Claire – played by Kaya Scodelario – and Leon – with the face of Avan Jojia. Other great present that will see the light in the film: Chris Redfield, Jill Valentine, Ada Wong, Albert Wesker, Brad Vickers And Lisa Trevor.
The locations of the signed product Netflix they seem obscure at the right point and are the right compromise between a mainstream product and a good interpretation of the entire franchise: they do not stand out for originality or attention to detail but they give us the right feeling, the atmosphere is convincing us right away.
Tension, a feeling of claustrophobia and the anxiety of seeing some zombies appear from every angle: finally something that remedies the great mistakes of the past and those films that have not done justice to the true essence of Resident Evil. In addition, we appreciate the choice of be widely inspired by RE2 in particular, one of the most popular titles of the entire series.
Many in the community complain about the cast and also the rather “simple” characterization of the protagonists, but we think very differently or indeed we see it in an opposite perspective. We are returning from a film series remembered for its being too much yet unable to represent even the shadow of RE. That there is less scenic exaggeration but more contextualization we like and also a lot.
It can really be a title that can satisfy – if not entirely, partially – the requirements for a good cinematic adaptation inspired by video games. If this is really the case, only the November 24th.