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‘Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City’ Review: They Go Way Back

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‘Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City’ Review: They Go Way Back

“Live in Raccoon City? No Way,” grumbles a truck driver in Johannes Roberts’ “Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City,” the inevitable reboot of the long-running, high-grossing franchise based on a video game. And the complaint is about the trucker catching up. What the vast majority of viewers already know: this crumbling company town, dominated for decades by a pharmaceutical titan named Umbrella Corporation, has been poisoned by a toxin that will engulf the population, Oh, five minutes or so.

It’s lore familiar to fans of the more than two dozen first-person shooter games and six previous movies. But by leaping back to 1998, Roberts’ origin story accomplishes two things: it excuses the absence of longtime star Milla Jovovich (whose director and husband Paul W.S. Anderson continues as an executive producer) and it Embraces oh-so-trendy ’90s nostalgia. With an AI hologram moving into the future, along with a kitschy cameo from a beeper.

The characters and dialogue are not worth more than the Discman used. (Yeah, that makes an appearance, too.) Orphaned Claire (a stable physique Scodelario) hopes she and her brother, Chris (Robby Amell), survive a night filled with the living dead, mutant Dobermans and a bulbous eyeball tumor. can. Uncover the truth about your hometown. The only surprise is that Roberts shunned cheap jumping surprises in favor of well-crafted suspense sequences that play out like a game of three card monte. The slow-paced visual gags of cinematographer Maxim Alexandre and editor Dev Singh delight, especially as Avan Jogia’s lethargic cop sleeps at his desk while a speeding tanker caresses outside the station, bursting into a fireball. goes, and pulls out a zombie-made tiki-torch that finally interrupts his nap. If the film’s weary plot could be revived with such confidence, “Welcome to Raccoon City” would be teeth worth sinking in.

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Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City
Rated R for cursing and cranial cracking. Running time: 1 hour 47 minutes. in Theaters.

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