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Resident Evil: Welcome To Raccoon City is not impressing the majority of critics and has netted a 27% score on Rotten Tomatoes.
Oh, those wily critics! What do they know anyway? With all of their expertise and years of being in the business of show business? A lot, actually. I suppose it truly depends on why you go to the cinema and what your expectations are of the movie ahead of time. There’s only one thing you can be sure about with Welcome to Raccoon City and that is that this new retelling of the classic horror games will be better than all of the Paul W. S. Anderson ones. Combined.
Take a look at how the survival horror series has changed over the years in this video below!
“Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City is often silly but rightly so, because that's Resi,” said our James Daly in his review of the new movie. “The series is schlocky but scary, and delivers occasional moments of real emotion. This film understands the assignment and delivers that same experience beautifully, albeit with some creative twists to keep things fresh.”
Of course, this approach might not be everyone’s cup of tea and that’s fine. Resident Evil Village took a risk as each quarter of the game plays on a different part of the series’ history or a different influence entirely. Was I expecting to swap to Chris and start gunning down Lycans with the Hound Wolf Squad? Nope. It was very surprising, and personally, I’ve got to give points to games that surprise me. It’s difficult to do in this day and age when stories are spoiled merely hours after their debut.
Plus, it’s heartwarming to hear that the cast and crew are massive fans of the games and couldn’t believe that they were working on this movie. “There’s the save points, typewriters, all over the movie,” said Avan Jogia, who plays Leon, in an interview with We’ve Got This Covered. “And I was literally like, ‘Oh, I gotta pick up this green herb for later’. And I had that moment of like, ‘No, I don’t need to do that. This is not a video game. This is me doing my job right now.’”
“So yeah, that was very surreal for me, and for somebody who loves the games and loves the franchise and that sort of attention to detail, I felt it really, the props department specifically, were pulling out all of the stops,” continued Jogia.
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