“Set in 1998, this origin story explores the secrets of the mysterious Spencer Mansion and the ill-fated Raccoon City.”

Director: Johannes Roberts
Writer: Johannes Roberts
Staring: Kaya Scodelario, Robbie Amell, Hannah John-Kamen, Neal McDonough
Release Date: November 24, 2021

One should not be bored during a zombie, horror action movie. One should not be more invested in a crossword and scrabble game than the violence occurring on screen.

However, such will be the case when watching Resident Evil: Welcome To Raccoon City (2021). What an aberrantly boring movie. The story that Resident Evil: Welcome To Raccoon City tells has no sense of setting, action or scale. You are not invested in any of the characters at all. Literally no regard for what happens to them. The script plugs along with no dialogue worth remembering.

The action is the most depressing aspect…there are literally zero inventive kills? The violence is not even that gory. The zombies are not even that scary. The rocket launcher kill at the end was just egregious. Like sure, the rookie can pull that out of nowhere and fire it in an enclosed space and nobody gets hurt? I know it is not meant to be realistic, but make me invested enough to suspend my disbelief.

If you are still considering watching Resident Evil: Welcome To Raccoon City, here is a quick run of the plot. Setting place in 1998, Claire Redfield (Kaya Scodelario) is returning to Raccoon City to link up with her brother Chris, who is a cop in the depleting urban environment. The pair grew up in an orphanage in Raccoon City and now they are in the fight for their lives against hordes of people and animals turning into mindless infected zombies. Along the way they meet with other cops, townsfolk and mystery characters that help them plot along dangerous corners in their attempt to escape the fray.

Speaking strictly for myself, I was sad to see Kaya Scodelario in a disappointing movie. I understand she does not have the massive hits, but the last motion picture she was in was one of my all-time guilty pleasure movies, Crawl (2019). Robbie Amell is a staple of b-rate but entertaining movies. The DUFF (2015) was better than it had any right to be, and I also enjoyed the first The Babysitter (2017) a shit ton. I even watched Upload on Amazon Prime during the peak of COVID. He is a pretty boy but nuisance is not his skill as an actor. The most shocking actor that made an appearance was notorious badman Neil McDonough. Maybe I still associate him with Band of Brothers, but now looking at his IMDB, he has made a nook as the bad guy in movies such like this.

Where does Resident Evil: Welcome To Raccoon City rank among all the of the Resident Evil movies? I have no idea. There are so many bad movies in the franchise. I enjoyed the first that came out in 2002, but they seemed to get worse and worst as the years went on. There will not a rewatch (or finally see) marathon like I did for the Nightmare On Elm Street movies. There are three that I have not seen: Resident Evil: Damnation (2012), Resident Evil: Vendetta (2017) and the the Milla Jovovich’s final hurray, Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (2016). I can definitely watch these and allow myself to shut my brain off, but I don’t see myself praising them.

Resident Evil: Welcome To Raccoon City sits right at the rock bottom of what I have seen from this franchise.

Resident Evil (2002) – B
Resident Evil: Apocalypse (2004) – C+
Resident Evil: Extinction (2007) – D
Resident Evil: Degeneration (2008) – F+
Resident Evil: Afterlife (2010) – C
Resident Evil: Retribution (2012) – F
Resident Evil: Welcome To Raccoon City (2021) – F+

STANKO RATING: F+ (1.0/5 Stars)

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