It was the year 2021, and as a fan of the resident Evil franchise, I was amazed to see the trailer for Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City. I jumped into the living room and yelled at my wife and cat, “Look at this movie marvel!” I took to the streets, dancing and expressing my joy at what was sure to be a fun adaptation of one of my most beloved video game properties. And then I saw the movie.
Written and directed by johanne robertsthe first 30 minutes of Welcome to Raccoon City sold me I’m not going to go into anything with a lot of spoilers, but the movie weaves together narrative elements from both the first and second. resident Evil games. Tonally, the setup closely resembles that of George A. Romero. The crazy ones – which I was totally interested in and found to be a great approach.
What I felt hurt the movie was everything that happened after that setup. Once the ball starts rolling on the action, the film shows problems with pacing and focus; Combining familiar story beats from the first two games is a good idea, but the movie misses the mark by providing an entertaining and fleshed-out narrative. By the time the credits rolled, I was bummed out; what started out as an intriguing survival horror adaptation ended up being a somewhat exciting mix of suspense. That said, if there was one big personal positive I got from watching Welcome to Raccoon CityIt was the reminder of how much I love the Paul W. S. Anderson resident Evil starring movies Jovovich mile.
Frankly, while Resident Evil 4 It was the first title I played and it always convinced me of the games: it was Anderson’s 2002 resident Evil movie that first caught my attention. To be clear, I had always had an appreciation for resident Evil; Ever since I was a little kid, I wanted to get my hands on games (I just never had the means to buy any of them). But renting a movie was something I could do, and when I got that 2002 movie, I was thrilled with what I saw.
It has been almost 20 years since the first film was released and the fondness I have developed for these films is still strong. Are most of them a mess? Absolutely. But I feel like his brand of clutter is in line with the games themselves; The chaotic, sci-fi absurdity of the movies mirrors the over-the-top action and horror of the resident Evil games.
While I tend to associate the initial execution of resident Evil films with Anderson, it is important to note that he did not direct the second and third films of this initial film series (although he did write the scripts for both). With that said, he wrote and directed all the other entries. While Resident Evil: Apocalypse is my favorite of all (I can hear one particular member of the Bloody Disgusting team saying, “Are you kidding me?!” right now): Anderson’s approach to filmmaking is an essential component of why I love these movies .
One criticism I could understand other viewers to have regarding these movies is the level of cheese found in all of them, but it hasn’t. resident Evil Have you always had that advantage? Of course, there is a lot of heavy stuff to be found, but there is also a level of silliness. Hell, a lot of the plots are out of the ordinary sci-fi adventures. what helps to do resident Evil scary games is how the game plunges players into suspenseful situations against horrible monsters. With that in mind, I don’t think Anderson created great horror works, just good action horror movies.
Personally, Anderson is the only name that immediately comes to mind when I think of movie adaptations of video games. If you’ve read some of my previous work, then you know I’m a huge fan of video game adaptations; even the most horrible adaptations bring me a lot of happiness given my love for the medium of games and the stories that I have come to enjoy. In my opinion, Anderson really knows how to adapt these works. Discussing the cinematic quality of his films is another conversation, but when it comes to faithful performance and expansion of the source material, Anderson delivers. Specifically, I look at 1995 Mortal Kombat for example (about what I have written before). Anderson presents audiences with a very goofy take on the acclaimed fighting game, but I ask, what is this movie missing? You have the fan service. Check. You have decent enough fights that most people can hang back for a laugh or a rush. Check. And you have a useful enough story to help propel the plot forward into the next fight scene.
The struggle with many game adaptations is the focus on gimmicks; the overemphasis of video game Easter eggs tends to overshadow that of the characters and story, leading to shallow viewing experiences. What Anderson does, though, is provide those eggs, while also understanding how action movies should play out. Hell, he wasn’t too crazy about his opinion of her. Monster hunter – but still had a good time as a fun action movie.
anderson resident Evil The movies also follow this, and I maintain that they are faithful adaptations and interpretations of the games, in the sense of how they expand on the material. He may be taking bits and pieces of the narrative found within the games, but Anderson is telling his own original story: his own. resident Evil fanfic You’ll find Tyrant, Jill Valentine, Nemesis, Chris Redfield, and a host of other amazing characters from the games, but they won’t always reflect what you experienced in those games.
I have always felt that Anderson resident Evil the movies are good complementary pieces within the franchise; that if you can accept the lack of survival horror tension and get along with the wild action and cool-looking monsters, you’ll find enough of an experience to suit your needs. resident Evil chop. There may be some cheese in the performances, but these movies deliver incredible thrills and evil monsters. There are enough easter eggs inside these movies to watch out for me. resident Evil needs; I know I’m not getting something that 100% reflects the stories of the games I love, but I know I’m experiencing movies that care about their source material and want to pay homage to it.
I really, really wanted to love Welcome to Raccoon City. What bothers me the most is that I saw such great potential in her setup that she leaned into a tone that Anderson didn’t really heed too much in his movies. I was ready for a more survival-horror-like experience on screen, but unfortunately found myself not engaged after the action and narrative started to collide. I’m still glad I saw it though, and I applaud Roberts for his work, it’s just, when it comes to the resident Evil Movies I love to watch: I will always go for the action-horror version of Anderson.
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