"Ultraviolent, Obscenity-Filled Zombie Reboot"
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Based on a popular video game, RESIDENT EVIL: WELCOME TO RACCOON CITY is an intense, scary action horror movie. Claire, Chris and most of the police officers are depicted as heroes. However, WELCOME TO RACCOON CITY contains almost continuous foul language, including multiple strong profanities and many “f” words. Of course, the movie also has the typical bloody violence of an R-rated zombie movie. RESIDENT EVIL: WELCOME TO RACCOON CITY is excessive and unacceptable.
RESIDENT EVIL: WELCOME TO RACCOON CITY is a reboot of the popular video game and movie series where a pharmaceutical company’s secret experiments on humans have transformed its patients with a zombie virus that’s started to infect a whole town. RESIDENT EVIL: WELCOME TO RACCOON CITY is an intense, scary, sometimes creepy, action horror movie, with heroic characters fighting evil, but it has an excessive, unacceptable amount of bloody violence and strong foul language.
A young woman, Claire, returns to Raccoon City to see her estranged brother, Chris, who’s a young police officer. They grew up in an orphanage in the city, but Claire ran away years ago as a teenager (the movie features some flashbacks to their time in the orphanage, which slowly reveal why Claire ran away). Claire tells Chris she’s found out some disturbing new information about the Umbrella Corporation, the large pharmaceutical conglomerate running the town. However, her brother doesn’t want to listen to her concerns because the corporation runs the town and pays his salary.
Later that night, a report comes into the police station that a possible murder has taken place at the mansion of Oswald Spencer, the man who founded Umbrella and built Raccoon City. The police chief sends two police officers to investigate, but something happens to them, and the chief can’t reach them on the radio. So, the chief sends Chris and two other police officers in the police helicopter to check on the two cops.
The sheriff, who knows more than he’s telling, decides he’s seen enough and tries to drive out of town. He leaves a rookie cop, Leon, in charge of the station. However, the sheriff encounters a roadblock set up by Umbrella to make sure no one leaves the city.
Meanwhile, the truck driver who dropped Claire off has become infected by the zombie virus. Soon, the whole town is crawling with zombified humans. Also, Chris and the other police officers find that the Spencer mansion is crawling with zombies. They also discover the two missing police officers have been turned into zombies.
The police chief returns to police headquarters. Claire appears and helps the chief and Leon kill a zombie in the parking structure. They decide the only way out of Raccoon City is to make their way to the Spencer mansion and fly the police helicopter out of the city. However, they have until dawn to escape, because that’s when the Umbrella Corporation plans to blow up the entire city, including its underground labs.
Will Claire and the cops make it to the mansion? Will her brother survive the zombies infecting the mansion? Will they escape Raccoon City before it’s obliterated?
RESIDENT EVIL: WELCOME TO RACCOON CITY is an intense, scary, sometimes creepy action horror movie. Claire, Chris and most of the police officers are portrayed as heroic characters. They are accompanied by Chris’ girlfriend, Jill. In the movie’s second half, they run across one of the Umbrella Corporation’s head scientists, who has his own evil agenda. When he attacks them, his wife dies during the fighting, but they save his daughter’s life.
Despite the heroics, however, WELCOME TO RACCOON CITY could use more heart. It also contains excessive foul language, including multiple strong profanities and many “f” words. Of course, the movie also has the typical glory, bloody violence of an R-rated zombie movie. At one point, the evil scientist says he’s doing “God’s work,” but the movie never explains what he means by that remark. RESIDENT EVIL: WELCOME TO RACCOON CITY is excessive and unacceptable.