After a first cinematographic saga which completely moved away from video games, Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City must work hard to seduce fans. For this, Johannes Roberts’ film must avoid the errors of the first adaptations.
While it is obviously far too early to judge the quality of Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City, the first images of the film and the director’s interviews, suggest that this adaptation will be more faithful to video games than the original saga. According to Johannes Roberts, it was in particular the Resident Evil 1 & 2 which served as a reference during the realization of the project. But concretely, how will the film avoid the mistakes of the previous films?
A scenario centered on Resident Evil 1 & 2
Where films with Mila Jovovich only had Resident Evil in name, the reboot of the saga intends to focus on the first two games in the series from Capcom. As the director himself says, his “The work takes inspiration from games to create something much closer to horror film than the action / sci-fi genre of previous films.“From what we know, the Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City scenario will highlight the spread of Virus-T with the events of Spencer Mansion and Raccoon City. By taking up the narration of the first games, the reboot should already avoid one of the mistakes of the previous films.
Leon S. Kennedy, Claire Redfield, Albert Wesker, Jill Valentine and Chris Redfield at the heart of the film
Big difference with the films of Paul WS Anderson, Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City has as protagonists the original characters of the saga of Capcom. Farewell Alice and Rain Ocampo and welcome Leon S. Kennedy, Claire Redfield and the STARS members. A very good idea, since instead of introducing new characters, the film will highlight those that fans have known for years. For information, here is the cast of Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City:
- Albert Wesker: Tom hopper
- Chris Redfield: Robbie amell
- Claire Redfield: Kaya Scodelario
- Jill Valentine: Hannah john-kamen
- Leon S. Kennedy: Avan Jogian
A horror film with the true bestiary of Resident Evil
Capcom video game franchise aficionados know well that the Resident Evil shines above all by their atmosphere and their recognizable bestiary (with rare exceptions). Rather than creating a crowd of monsters out of nowhere, Johannes roberts affirm that “every character and creature comes from the games“. A very good way to avoid making the same mistake as the first films by only using the bestiary of games on very rare occasions, when the need for fan-service was felt.
Ultimately, Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City should succeed in avoiding the mistakes of previous films. Of course, that doesn’t mean that the work will necessarily be successful, but fans will at least be sure to have a film faithful to Resident Evil 1 & 2. Still, it will be necessary to wait until the release of the film on November 24, 2021 to make up your own mind.