Spoiler-Free Review of “Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City” on Demand: “You were almost a Jill Sandwich.”

*This is a spoiler-free review so feel free to read on!*

“There’s something seriously wrong with this place…”

Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City released in theaters back in November 2021 and is currently available to stream on demand. Based on the popular video game series, the action-horror film stars Kaya Scodelario, Robbie Amell, Tom Hopper, Hannah John-Kamen and Avan Jogia. It runs for approximately an hour and forty-five minutes.

After plenty of films, we now get a prequel/reboot with Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City, as a group tries to survive the night when all hell breaks loose thanks to the Umbrella Corporation. 

Here is the trailer:

Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City attempts to follow the actual story-lines from the first two games, but does it bring anything truly necessary to the franchise? Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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Brings the game to life.

This entry to the Resident Evil franchise does a decent job of bringing the story-lines from the first two games to life, following the timeline and giving fans the chance to recognize plenty of scenes and settings. I thought this was the film’s strongest point and was the only thing that really set it apart from the other films. I liked all of the Easter eggs and thought the film put forth a valiant effort here.

Fun cast.

We got an entirely new cast this time around but I thought they did a good job and I liked a lot of the actors. I think they tried their best with what they were given and it was easy to root for some of them.

The Cons:

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Unnecessary flashbacks…

I don’t really remember any of this from the games but I guess the writers behind the film felt the need to give our main character a backstory to further its plot along, but it felt like excess fluff and I’m not really sure that it did too much for the overall story.

Did we really need another Resident Evil movie?

My biggest con is that the film didn’t really do anything that unique or different. I appreciate that it tried to bring fans the “gamer” angle, but I much prefer the original films. This has been done before and it felt stale at times. The scares didn’t have the same impact on me because I knew what to expect, but it wasn’t a bad movie. It just wasn’t really necessary in my opinion.

So am I in or out?

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I’m 50/50 on this one…

The film wasn’t a complete dud and it had a fun cast and some cool moments for fans of the game. That being said, it didn’t really do anything truly extraordinary to earn a rightful place in the franchise. I think I’ll go re-watch Resident Evil: Apocalypse now…

I hope you enjoyed the review and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City in the comments section below. Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!


Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl


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Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

I live in Long Island, NY. I am obsessed with TV, movies, reading and writing! My top TV shows are Lost, Breaking Bad, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Prison Break, Charmed, Veronica Mars, and Beverly Hills 90210. My dog, Honey, loves TV too!

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