Even though my expectations were so low for Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City, this is somehow worse than the previous Resident Evil movies. If Resident Evil Biohazard showed anything is that gamers were begging for back-to roots noir look Resident Evil but this just falls into the same traps and tropes for both horror and action.
I feel the film struggled extremely hard to decide what it wanted to be. Everyone hates comic relief in horror movies, why do higher-up executives and directors continue to put in this tired tired trope. The film starts so brilliantly with a setup to beat any horror film but then that horror is substituted for comic relief and stupidity. Just how stupid? Well, in the end, a guy turns himself into a monster knowing very well he might kill his own daughter because of it. What type of father does that? That’s basically what this film is about. There isn’t much character development. They try to provide it with Claire Redfield’s character but we don’t get attached to her because everything about her story is just “telling” and not “showing”.
I feel like if there’s ever another Resident Evil movie, the story from the games needs to be abandoned – it’s just impossible on the budget that gets allocated and can just be too game-like in its story. Lose the dogs, lose the big monsters and just keep it simple with a good new script that has loose ties to Umbrella.
All in all, being a fan of the games and of zombie media in general, I just cannot recommend this to people from either fan base. Honestly just a godawful attempt at a “faithful game adaptation” and almost as bad as a zombie movie in general. I would only watch it if you want to see how bad it is for yourself, or on a bet.