We have three story lines that end up crossing with each other by the end of the movie. First there is a woman named Claire returning to Raccoon City to see her brother. He is a police officer and isn’t terribly happy to see her. They have some history as orphans growing up in a facility run by a creepy doctor who worked for the Umbrella corporation. We also have a group of cops, sort of like a S.W.A.T. team, that are sent to a mansion to check up on a patrol that isn’t answering their radio calls. Finally, there is a slightly incompetent cop named Leon who has been banished to Raccoon City because of an accident during his training. All of them are in town when an alarm goes off warning the citizens to stay in their homes. Sadly, most of the locals are already infected with a virus that turns them into monsters that our survivors have to deal with.
zombies/monsters look decent. There are a lot of zombies, and they are quite
gooey in spots. Though I found the monsters to be less fun. There is one that
is mostly CGI, and it looks okay, but compared to the practical makeup effects it
isn’t great. The kills aren’t as explicit as they could have been and that was
also a bummer. No gut munching or limbs flying in this one. I would have
enjoyed a bit more gore out of the movie, but I think they leaned into the
action instead. They do a very good job with that so I can’t be too
The Cast is solid
The cast is solid, and we have a couple familiar faces pop up. Though I was most excited to see Nathan Dales in a blink and you will miss it role as a helicopter pilot. I’m a huge Letterkenny fan so that put a giant smile on my face. Neal McDonough, Donal Logue, and Tom Hopper of The Umbrella Academy fame also appear. A good cast combined with a solid script make for an entertaining monster movie.
I’m going to recommend Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City even if you aren’t a fan of the games. The movie has plenty of action, some monsters, and lots of bullets being sprayed about. Turn off your brain and kick back for some fun.
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