At one hour and 47 minutes, “Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City,” is a freaking dumpster fire.
The movie tries to be its own separate thing from the original games with Easter eggs to the games sprinkled here and there, like the healing spray from the first “Resident Evil” game, and the different keys with the spade, clover, heart, and diamond. But the characters and plot are all over the place, and the characters feel like cardboard cutouts of wannabe bad asses.
The main character, Leon Kennedy ( played by Avan Jogia ), is made to be a total loser who doesn’t really do anything — he’s just there to be made fun of and to be a crappy comic relief.
Claire Redfield (Kaya Scodelario) is just a mean girl and that’s her whole character, she doesn’t get any type of real personality trait, aside from being mean. The other characters are pretty much nothing characters, they’re just there to keep the story going or to get killed by a zombie.
The plot of a town being the Umbrella Corp. personal testing ground and it going horribly wrong sounds good, but the way the movie goes about it just makes it boring and not that interesting. It shows people getting sick with the townspeople getting red eyes, hair falling out and their eyes bleeding.
The movie, directed by Johannes Roberts, just doesn’t make the zombies scary, with over-the-top action scenes and obvious jump scares. There is a scene where Chris Redfield (Robbie Amell) is lost, and he’s getting attacked by zombies in the dark. What would have made the scene better would be the lack of music and having the audience listen for the zombies, with groans of the zombies getting louder as they get closer and not being sure if the steps they hear is Chris or the Zombies