Resident Evil movie reboot takes it back to basics

One of the major criticisms lobbed toward the Paul W.S. Anderson-directed and Milla Jovovich-starred Resident Evil movies are they never followed any of the games’ stories. Anderson made the films more action and thrill-seeking monster movies than the zombie-fied horror of the games.

That looks like it’s changing with the upcoming Resident Evil movie reboot, Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City.

Sony Pictures shared the first trailer for the upcoming film and it appears to follow the storyline of the Resident Evil game storyline. Even going as far as capturing specific scenes and sets from the game and putting them in the movie.

According to Deadline, the film “serves as a prequel to the original video game storyline. It’s set in 1998 in Raccoon City, once the booming home of pharmaceutical giant Umbrella Corporation but now a dying Midwestern town with great evil brewing below the surface. When that evil is unleashed, a group of survivors must work together to uncover the truth behind Umbrella and make it through the night.”

The film follows siblings Claire (Kaya Scodelario) and Chris Redfield (Robbie Amell), familiar names to folks who play the games, and they cross paths with people like Leon S. Kennedy. Plus, the creepy Umbrella mansion from the original game makes an appearance.

The movie launches on November 24. Check out the trailer below: