‘Impressive’ or ‘a silly adaptation’?

‘Impressive’ or ‘a silly adaptation’?
Resident Evil starring Ella Balinska

Resident Evil stars Ella Balinska as the adult Jade Wesker

Netflix’s new Resident Evil series has divided critics, with one saying it’s “the best adaptation of the zombie franchise yet,” but another calling it “a biohazard to be avoided.”

It is the latest entry in the long-running video game franchise, providing the latest chapter in the history of the sinister Umbrella Corporation.

Part of it takes place in 2036, when the world is overrun by bloodthirsty creatures.

The Telegraph review stated that “the vibe is Euphoria meets the Stepford Wives.”

British actresses Tamara Smart and Ella Balinska play the teenage and adult versions of Jade Wesker, before and after Umbrella’s release of the anti-depressant pill Joy, secretly developed in the wake of the T-virus program.

Tamara Smart and Ella Balinska attended the premiere of Resident Evil

Tamara Smart (left) wore a Union Jack-inspired gown as she joined Ella Balinska at the premiere in Los Angeles on Monday.

In his four star review, Ed Power of The Telegraph he described the show, which premieres Thursday, as “outrageously ridiculous” and “great fun for those who like to turn off their gray matter before they park themselves on the couch.”

“Racoon City’s production values ​​are more Hollyoaks than HBO,” he wrote. “And yet the CGI zombies are wonderfully hideous and the pace picks up every time they appear.

Meanwhile, low-key political commentary has been smuggled into footage in which the citizens of a crumbling UK try to flee across the English Channel to the promised land of Calais.

“Don’t worry, you can ignore that. Resident Evil is a zombie adventure that knows what it’s here for. And that’s to fill the screen with hordes of the undead and reassure horror fans that there is life after The Walking Dead.” . Those boxes are impressively checked.”

Resident Evil is now an explosive series on Netflix, as well as a franchise of movies and computer games.

Resident Evil is now an explosive series on Netflix, as well as a franchise of movies and computer games.

Following the success of the original 1996 game, known as Biohazard in Japan, six live-action films starring Milla Jovovich were released between 2002 and 2016. They have grossed over $1 billion (£839 million).

GameSpot’s Chris Hayner said the first live-action television series, which is set in two separate years: 2022, before the zombie-infested apocalypse, and 2036, after, is “easily the best adaptation of the zombie franchise yet” because ” the Netflix version feels more at home in the world of video games.”

He wrote: “Its narrative approach of developing the plot at two separate points in time a decade apart makes things unique and engaging, while following the characters through an impending apocalypse in future seasons should be exciting.” to watch, as long as Netflix doesn’t. cancel the show as it has other high-profile series (anyone else remember Cowboy Bebop?)”.

The Independent’s Nick Hilton he was less impressed, offering two stars for “a confusing and silly zombie video game adaptation we didn’t need”, with zombies that “look like an A-level drama student flash mob”.

‘Buries a spike in the franchise’

“Perhaps the creators of this show felt that escaping the video game aesthetic was enough,” he wrote. “And to some it will be: there’s something about Wesker’s origin story and harrowing violence that appeals to devotees of the iconic franchise.

“But for those unfamiliar with the legendary video game series, this will feel like little more than a confusing and somewhat vulgar zombie series, loaded with the baggage of pre-existing lore.”

Tom Phillip of A.V. Club he agreed that the show “fails to breathe new life into a franchise that won’t die.”

“The original 1996 game has been credited with re-emerging zombies as a major force in pop culture, but that was welcomed back a decade ago,” he wrote. “Netflix’s Resident Evil is proof that it’s time to bury a spike in the franchise.”

Y Ross Bonaime from Collider he said that the series was “a biohazard that should be avoided”, adding: “Resident Evil as a universe has such a rich history, with decades of characters, stories and mysteries to dive into.

“Netflix’s Resident Evil does its best to integrate them into a more expansive series, but it flounders under poor execution, awkward performances, and fan service that rarely works.”

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