Resident Evil Series: Review

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Resident Evil,’ a live-action adaptation of the popular video game, hit theatres in 2002. As fun as Milla Jovovich’s role in Paul W.S Anderson’s adaptation was, it didn’t even come close to capturing the essence of the game’s tale, which disappointed both gamers and critics alike. Netflix’s “Resident Evil” franchise is here to disappoint weary fans once again, after 20 years, seven live-action films, and around 12 games.

The daughters of scientist and Umbrella Corporation scientist Albert Wesker, fraternal twins Jade and Billie Wesker are the focus of this new eight-episode Netflix series created by Andrew Dabb (“Supernatural”). “Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City” and its predecessors were action-horror blockbusters. Resident Evil, on the other hand, has a time-hopping, genre mystery vibe to it.

Part of the plot takes place in 2036, after a fresh zombie apocalypse, and part in 2022 when Umbrella Corporation devastated Raccoon City. A bioweapon was created as a last-ditch effort to stop the spread of the Tyrant Virus (T-Virus).

No matter how much you know about the “Resident Evil” franchise or how little you know about it, the series has a confusing plot, big plot holes, and sloppy execution.

Nonlinear stories work best when one side of the story takes place at a fixed point in time and the other side explains the main plot in more detail.

Unfortunately, “Resident Evil” moves both timelines slowly toward each other, but they never actually meet. Because of this, we don’t get a good enough explanation for how Jade becomes a survivor in the dystopian future, why Billie sides with Umbrella, or if “Joy” is to blame for the way the world is now.

(PS. Joy was is an anti-depressant made by Umbrella but it was actually a derivative of the T-virus)

In contrast to the gory, campy Anderson films, Netflix’s “Resident Evil” series feels forced with only 3.8/10 IMDb rating.


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