Resident Evil review – you’ll be watching like never before | Television

I I don’t know about you, but after the week/month/existence we’ve had since June 23, 2016, I feel like having fun. If you are too, hurry over to Netflix’s iteration of Resident Evil and enjoy a fantastic eight hours.

Based on the acclaimed video game, it’s live-action, like Paul WS Anderson’s film adaptations (and unlike the Netflix animated series Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness), but stays absolutely true to its horror roots. , in the sense that there is a lot of horror.

Fair New Raccoon City is where we set our stage, at least half the time. It’s here, in 2022, that we follow the trials and tribulations of teenage twins Billie and Jade, who were conceived via a surrogate and donor eggs. I’m telling you this because we’re told – and because Resident Evil doesn’t tell us anything that doesn’t become relevant. This is the guarantee of the adaptation of the action series based on the video game.

Their father, Dr. Albert Wesker, is the chief scientist of the Umbrella Corporation, which owns the city (imagine a cleaner Saltaire, but its founder is a conglomerate that is about to unleash a retroviral bioweapon on the world, with even more deleterious effects). effects on the sum of human happiness than the spinning machine). He is haunted, secretly, by many secrets.

The rest of the time we are thrown into different but equally devastated parts of England and France in 2036, as the aforementioned bio-weapon – the T virus – has reduced the human population to around 15 million souls. desperate. They must spend their days battling the 6 billion “zeros” (zombies, dear) who are infected with the bug – oh, and an assortment of other cannibalistic mutants, because the T-virus can now jump from species to species. other and make the creatures gigantic and vicious.

In 2036, Billie is a field researcher studying the evolution of the virus. This means she studies packs of zeros and sometimes does stupid things like scratch on a rusty nail, which means she has to reattach it, pursued by a bloodthirsty mob, to a booby-trapped base.

Unfortunately, no sooner have you escaped a pack of barking zombies than you discover you are also being hunted by the ever more powerful Umbrella Corporation. You have something they want. Maybe it has to do with the mysterious circumstances of your birth and/or the injections your father gave you throughout your childhood? We may never know. Unless, of course, we do (see “warranty”, above).

It’s so much fun. Billie goes into tight and bloody place after tight and bloody place. When all hope seems lost, a new gang of heavily armed people show up to save her or attack her attackers. before I can say, “The enemy of my enemy is my friend, or at least will have a flamethrower that I can borrow to get away from you all!” Billie is free again. Big drops of blood spurt everywhere, the flesh is crushed, the chainsaws smash the bones. Promise: you won’t think about politics for a whole hour.

In 2022, Jade is bitten by a decidedly rabid dog when the twins break into Umbrella’s headquarters to show the world that the evil company tests animals. This is bad news. How much, only time will tell – about 72 hours, in fact, after which the countdown to his transformation into they-don’t-know-what-they-are-doing begins.

If your life motto is “less is more”, I wouldn’t recommend Resident Evil. There’s a lot going on. And I mean a lot, mostly bloodthirsty. But – and here’s the thing, the blessed and precious thing – none of that matters. You couldn’t invest in the outcome if you tried. Your higher thought processes are not needed here. If you can think, “How’s she going to get out of this?” while shoving another crunch in your mouth, you are able to experience all that Resident Evil has to offer.

Every scene is a cliffhanger. The end of each episode is a bigger cliffhanger. You’ll be binge-watching like you’ve never done before. If that’s your sort of thing, even the least bit (and, if it’s not, I suggest you give it a try anyway), you’ll have so much fun. There are times when only repeated, meaningless zombie slaughter will suffice – and 2016+ is undoubtedly one of them.

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