In July, an eight-episode series based on the universe saw the light on Netflix resident evil one of the best franchises in the gaming industry. Let’s take a look at why Andrew Dabb created a surprisingly good film adaptation of a zombie/bioweapon story, and why this film adaptation is one of the best that has ever happened to this huge story.

Warning: this article contains spoilers!

To hell with games!

Anderson tried, but family values ​​were more important

The film adaptation of the gaming universe, no matter what franchise it is, is always a huge test for the director. It is necessary not only to create an interesting story, but also not to forget about the fans of the original source. Especially if the plot is the most important part of this or that universe.

Handsome Nemesis

Handsome Nemesis

Virtually any attempt to bring a game industry creation to the big or small screen runs into these problems. It is worth at least a little to move away from the plot of the game universe – game fans will be accused of non-canonical narrative. If you try to soundly transfer to the screen what happened in the games, you are faced with accusations of secondary material and the lack of a coherent plot.

The film adaptation of Resident Evil suffered from both problems. The Poul Anderson film series got off to a pretty good start, bringing Spencer’s mansion from the first installment to the screen, and Nemesis was done quite well in the second film as well. However, starting with the third picture, the series finally slipped into a cult of worship for the faceless and gray character Alice, performed by the director’s wife, Mila Jovovich.

Starting with Extinction, Anderson finally gave up on any attempts to somehow make the film adaptation beloved by millions of people and simply riveted film after film that only remotely had anything to do with the game series. What is Wentworth Miller as Chris Redfield, playing in the films, rather, a different version of Michael Scofield from the series “Prison Break” …

Chris Redfield in Anderson films

Chris Redfield in Anderson films

Anderson’s film adaptation, which began as a pretty good movie, eventually turned into fan fiction experimented with the G-virus – something shapeless and terrible, devoid of intelligence.

Damn the plot!

“Welcome to Raccoon City” is a prime example of how you can make a movie with love for the original source, but forget that you are actually making a movie. Yes, Roberts adequately transferred to the screen what we could see in the remake of the second part of the game (at least partially). And I didn’t forget about Spencer’s mansion and the story from the first part.

But the movie turned out to be crammed with almost frame-by-frame scenes from games, but they forgot that in any film creation there should be at least some kind of plot. We were given two hours of fanservice, from which only the brightest fans of the original source can get real pleasure. The rest, after watching, rather remained at a loss.

Leon and Claire from a recent movie

Leon and Claire from a recent movie

The film showed us the complete absence of at least some purpose and character development, frozen in the very day when Raccoon City was destroyed, and did not give the viewer anything new – and everything old was served worse than in games.

And Roberts also gave us a fool-Leon – apparently, this is the director’s least favorite character. Otherwise, such a mockery of the image of a young cop cannot be explained.

To hell with the critics!

Andrew Dabb took a completely different path. Yes, of course, you can break spears as much as you like, trying to explain that Wesker was not black, but let’s be honest, let Alberta play at least an Asian, at least a Mexican – if only he was adequately transferred to the screen. And Lance Reddick does a great job in his role, or rather, even … however, it doesn’t matter.

At the time of the announcement of the series, there were logical fears that we would again see low-grade fan fiction that ignored the gaming canon, because the real Wesker died in the Kijuju volcano in Resident Evil 5! However, the series explains this point relatively filigreely – without violating the canon with cloning.

Let Reddick’s Wesker look more like Blade, it looks decent… for the small screen.

No it's not Blade.

No it’s not Blade.

The most important thing that can be said about the film adaptation from Netflix is ​​that at the moment it is not an alternative story to games. Rather, it is an alternative version of the sequel to Resident Evil 5 and RE6. The Netflix series fits into the canon, lovingly playing up the plot of the game series without obvious violations. And this already gives him an advantage over the fans. And if you didn’t like the episode where the Wesker daughters solve the quest with the Moonlight Sonata, then you can’t consider yourself a fan of the original at all.

Yes, of course, Dubb’s creation is not without its problems, and it is quite understandable why some fans swear at the series for a teen drama (the original is actually a horror). But what definitely cannot be taken away from Andrew Dabb is that he created his project, paying great attention to the mythology of the game universe and not forgetting that a good film adaptation should not forget about two most important components – background and plot.

Wesker experiment

Wesker experiment

And you can swear all you like about the lack of depth in the plot of the Netflix show, but this is a watchable and worthy movie for the small screen. It will take six and a half hours, without forcing you to swear at the creators for the fact that he distorted almost everything he loved from the original.

Netflix’s Resident Evil is as good as Capcom’s own animated films. So why, then, is the animation considered good, and the series so strongly criticized by the fans? We got a worthy and canonical continuation of the history of video games (even if Resident Evil 9 changes everything later). Now I hope that the show will still get an extension for a second season. At least for the sake of the appearance of Ada Wong, the Las Plagas parasite, the Ouroboros virus and Lady Dimitrescu. And there, who knows, maybe Dubb’s hands will reach the Redfield family, the BSAA and even Leon Kennedy.

Daughters of Wesker

Daughters of Wesker


It’s important to note that the Netflix series has received poor reviews from journalists, but it is the game’s fans who criticize it the most – they are perplexed by attempts to connect the show with games, absolutely clumsy genre switching, and the like.

For example, on “Tomatoes” the series has 52% from critics, and 26% from viewers (for last year’s film, the opposite is true: 30% from critics and 65% from viewers).

Some gaming publications like IGN and GameSpot have already received the lion’s share of negative from game fans due to the fact that they called the series almost the best game adaptation in history.

Analysts doubt that Netflix will take the risk of renewing the show for a second season. Despite good views, there is too much negativity around the series – and this is at a time when the service already has endless problems due to low-quality projects.

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