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New ‘Resident Evil’- too obsessed with the game?

Published : 20 Nov 2021 08:28 PM | Updated : 22 Nov 2021 12:05 PM

The first ‘Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City’ reactions are rolling in and are generally favorable on the faithful video game adaptation. The latest film in the franchise centers on Chris and Claire Redfield, Albert Wesker, Jill Valentine and Leon S. Kennedy as they investigate the deadly zombie outbreak in the titular Midwestern town and its ties to the malevolent pharmaceutical giant Umbrella Corporation. The movie serves as a more faithful adaptation on Capcom's franchise, directly pulling from the stories of ‘Resident Evil 1’ and 2.

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The cast for ‘Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City’ includes Kaya Scodelairo as Claire, Hannah John-Kamen as Jill, Robbie Amell as Chris, Tom Hopper as Wesker and Avan Jogia as Leon. The reboot hails from 47 Meters Down writer/director Johannes Roberts, who took over the position from Greg Russo, who departed and went on to adapt Mortal Kombat for Warner Bros. ‘Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City’ is currently gearing up for release and now audiences are getting their first word on how the film is standing.

With less than a week remaining until the film's release, the first ‘Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City’ reactions have begun rolling in from recent press screenings. The reactions are generally mixed-to-positive, with most citing the film as an entertaining effort fans of the video games will love while reviewers are divided on the film's performances and effects. 

Roberts' decision to make the film a more faithful adaptation of the ‘Resident Evil games’ has been welcomed by longtime fans of the franchise, which may see the first ‘Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City’ reactions come as exciting for said players. However, for those generally unfamiliar with the source material, the early reactions point towards the film being a little too reliant on fan service, overloading the movie with Easter eggs and events that those who have never gotten their hands on a game can appreciate. The reactions also seem to be thoroughly divided on the cast as a whole, with Kaya Scodelairo, Neal McDonough and Hannah John-Kamen seeing some positive reception for their performances, even if the latter sounds to have been underused.   -Collider

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