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Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City

By Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Ultra-gory entry in rebooted zombie franchise.

Movie R 2021 107 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

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Based on 6 parent reviews

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Just a really good movie add that parts stay true to 1st game and was just a really enjoyable watch good special effects and acting too. Not for young kids though.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (6 ):
Kids say (5 ):

This totally unnecessary reboot of the long-running franchise has impressive set and monster designs and scary audio effects, but it neglects to build interesting characters or any kind of story. The movie is peppered with mysterious flashbacks to Claire and Chris's youth in the orphanage, when they were visited by a strange intruder and threatened by director William Birkin (Neal McDonough), all of which leads to nothing. The main story of Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City takes place in 1998, as Claire hitches a ride to the titular city with seemingly no reason other than to see her brother after five years of silence. This -- coincidentally -- happens on the very day that the Umbrella Corporation plans to destroy the city. The movie also tries to use 1998 technology, such as a PalmPilot, but forgets that streaming video didn't yet exist then. And why on earth do the cops keep shooting zombies in the chest? Have they not seen any movies?

Silly lapses of logic like these aside, the movie doesn't consist of much more than police officers stalking down dark corridors and trying to shoot at, or fight off, zombies that suddenly lunge at them. There are some attempts at character development. One involves a rookie cop who doesn't seem to know anything, not even how to load a gun; one involves someone who's revealed as a traitor; etc. But mostly it's a race to see just how cool everyone is. Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City has gone out of its way to build amazing sets, from the police station to the orphanage to a sinister, abandoned mansion, and the monster designs are truly impressive, but when it all comes down to mindless, meaningless attacks, who really cares?

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