A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Positive Role Models
Main character Claire is pretty cool and resourceful, but her skills and her attitude come from a life of being on the run and being an outlaw. She's impressive, but she's not necessarily anyone to emulate.
Powerful women characters and some who may be non-White, but no cultural identification is ever mentioned. Most characters present as White.
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Violence & Scariness
Extremely gory zombie violence, with lots of blood. Deaths, gory corpses. Jump scares. Scary monsters. Creepy figures. Scary/icky sound effects. Guards shoot down innocent people. Characters shoot at zombies. Truck hits figure in the road. Blood dripping from eyes. Dog licking zombie blood. Bird smashed against window. Dog biting man's hand. Zombie dog attack; beating zombie dog with fire extinguisher. Child holding gun; gun pointed at child. Shooting mutant bird. Pulling wings off of dragonfly. Person on fire. Truck exploding. Helicopter exploding. Town exploding. Cow blown away by explosion.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A man puts his hand on a woman's leg.
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Extremely strong, constant language, including many uses of "f--k" and "s--t," plus "motherf----r," "Jesus f--king Christ," "a--hole," "son of a bitch," "goddamn," "hell," "pathetic." "Jesus" and "Jesus Christ" used as exclamations.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Brief cigarette smoking. Character wakes up disoriented and immediately drinks a beer.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City, the seventh movie in the long-running franchise based on a series of video games, is also a reboot, bringing the story back to square one. Violence includes graphic zombie blood and gore, with especially icky sound effects. Expect lots of guns and shooting, deaths, gory corpses, violence against animals (a dog, a bird, a cow, and a dragonfly), a child in peril (and holding a gun), explosions, and a person on fire. A man puts his hand on a woman's leg uninvited. Language is extremely strong, with constant use of words including "f--k," "s--t," "goddamn," "a--hole," and more. There's brief cigarette smoking, and a character wakes up and immediately drinks a beer. Good sets and effects are wasted on a simplistic story; Kaya Scodelario stars. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
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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