Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City (2021)

Witness the beginning of evil.
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  • RT Rating 30%
  • IMDB Rating 5.6

Critic Reviews:

Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City is certainly not the worst video game adaptation or even the worst Resident Evil movie, but both those bars are pretty low. Director Johannes Roberts does deserve some credit for sticking much more closely to the source material than the Paul W.S. Anderson films, but a short runtime, a rushed third act, and lack of elements to make it truly scary to watch in the dark hold it back immensely. Nevertheless, it should serve as decent fun for fans of the Resident Evil games, if only to find all the Easter eggs and references scattered throughout.

By the time the climax with a big CGI beastie arrives and basically ends before it begins, the slightly unsatisfying feelings of Raccoon City become cemented. There’s predictably the promise of a sequel adapting further games, but I can’t see fans wanting to spend further time with this world and these characters, no matter how faithful.

Don’t ask me how well the story matches up with video games. I couldn’t care less. And it doesn’t really matter. The film is empty-headed good fun that’s blessedly under two hours and has just enough character development to make you kind of care when someone gets bitten. [...] The ending doesn’t make it clear if a sequel is planned. But when it comes to squeezing all the pennies they can out of this franchise, expect Sony to be pure "Evil".