Netflix is once again attempting yet another videogame adaptation in the form of Resident Evil. The streaming entertainment service released a short teaser trailer that shows off the setting, characters and action that we can expect from the show.
Strangely enough, there is no caption for the film; it boldly claims itself as The Resident Evil tv show. The issue with that is there is very little if any resemblance to the source material, so the show looks more like a spin-off. Taking place in New Raccoon City 2022 and then London in 2036, it is hard to see any connection.
The tone of the movie as well seems to be less “survival horror” and more World War Z zombie kill-fest. Furthermore, no characters from the game are present in the trailer, as we follow a doctor and two young girls that we’ve never met. Not even Albert Wesker, the franchise’s main antagonist, shows up.
If the creators had no desire to link this show back to source material, then why call it Resident Evil in the first place? As mentioned in a previous article, it is unlikely that this adaptation will “build upon the source material in in any meaningful way”.
The teaser even fails on a visual level, as the footage has very poor lighting during action scenes and the CGI is as expected, below average. Even as an action romp, it does not entice me since I am unable to actually identify what is happening.
There has been no further elaboration on the plot nor characters from Netflix, so we may get better footage and more details in the future. However, I doubt it would change public opinion since the issues with show are integral to it.
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