The new Resident Evil movie finally embraces horror, but it should be trashier

Video game fans are justified if they feel some trepidation over the new movie Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City. Not only are cinematic adaptations of beloved games notoriously disappointing, this new Resident Evil movie (based on the long-running horror game series) also functions as a dreaded reboot. The previous Resident Evil movies were successful enough as global endeavors that they lasted through 15 years and six feature films, always with Milla Jovovich in the lead, and her husband Paul W.S. Anderson directing, writing, or both.

Jovovich played Alice, a character invented for the films, while game-derived characters flitted in and out of Alice’s narrative. The storyline departed from game canon, but it
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