Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City is one of the better entries in the Resident Evil film franchise, it’s a decently paced film with tones of action that will keep you engaged but not enough genuine scares to keep you thrilled and there’s some unevenness when it comes to the characters and their development. It does read like a retro B-movie, but it doesn’t fully commit to that aesthetic which is a shame but visually it’s the best one out of all the Resident Evil films, though lacking in epic moments despite having a silly playfulness to it. Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City fails to tap into that and have moments of great gore or awesome action sequences.
Personally, I had to watch Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City twice because the first viewing I really could not place the film and my thoughts on it. Now, I realize that the film is neither here or there, but it is what it is and that’s just a movie that’s got a certain level of love for the world and source material but not enough love that would have allowed them to have fully fleshed out characters within that world.
The love is placed on the world building and cool monsters but its within this process that the scares get lost, the focus on coolness dilutes what’s meant to be scary and creepy, so Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City never fully rises to its genre expectations. Although, the characters aren’t that well developed the performances are decent enough that a bond is created with the audience and we root for this new cast in this franchise reboot.
Overall, Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City is not a bad entry into the franchise, apart from the first two Resident Evil films of the 2000s, this is the best one and shines in highlighting the world and monsters, but the themes and characters get lost (I’m sure Umbrella prefers it that way anyways) and the performances do just about enough to help push the film into a realm of believability despite the craziness that occurs. Actually, I still don’t know if these thoughts are concrete because my mind might change at any moment due to my intense love of the original set of films which were equally silly and very much B-movie energy.