Movie Review: Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City (2021)

Synopsis: Several years after running away from the Raccoon City orphanage, Claire Redfield returns to her former hometown to warn her brother, Chris, a police officer, of the Umbrella Corporation's experiments. He doesn't believe her until the city becomes overrun with blood-thirsty zombies.

Who's in it? The movie stars Kaya Scodelario, Robbie Amell, Donal Logue, Neal McDonough and Hannah John-Kamen.

Review: My wife wanted to see this movie so, since it wasn't available on any of our streaming services yet (unless we wanted to pay extra for it), I ended up going to our local library and checking it out there. We then sat down to watch it last night.

To be honest, I wasn't really expecting to like this movie all that much. I like the Resident Evil franchise but am always a bit skeptical of reboots. Overall, however, I thought this ended up being a halfway decent movie.

I thought the storyline was fairly solid, introducing both the characters and the main plot in a way that filled in the important details without bogging the movie down with a bunch of unnecessary exposition.  A lot of movies like this take a long time to get started but this movie didn't hesitate to get the action rolling.

Another thing I liked about this movie was the good mix of character personalities. In particular, I liked how the movie had some characters seemingly having a good idea of what was going on while others were completely clueless. It kept the movie from becoming too predictable because you never truly knew who you'd be able to trust.

I do kind of wish the movie would have given us slightly more information about Claire's (Scodelario) life between the time she ran away and returned to Raccoon City. In particular, it would be nice to know how she became such a bad ass with weapons. I mean, you wouldn't think she would have a reason to use them outside of Raccoon City so it feels like there is a very interesting backstory there. Of course, they also might be saving that for the sequel.

Final Opinion: I had doubts, but this turned out to be an entertaining movie and I can't wait to see what happens next in this reboot.

My Grade: A


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