Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City appears like a love letter to the lengthy working recreation sequence, with a narrative that adapts the primary two entries right into a film. Along with a post-credits cameo from a basic character, the film additionally references parts from video games’ 25-year historical past as iconic heroes flee a metropolis doomed by the Umbrella Corporation’s organic experiments.
Director Johannes Roberts has managed to stuff a large quantity of Easter eggs into this film, so let’s check out a number of the extra concerned ones I can bear in mind after one viewing.
A sandwich’s value of SPOILERS lies beneath.
A STARS sandwich
An early scene with STARS police unit Jill Valentine, Albert Wesker and Chris Redfield sees the trio hanging out in a diner earlier than all hell breaks out in Raccoon City. Jill snatches Wesker’s meals and takes a chunk.
“You snooze, you lose,” she says. “It’s Jill’s sandwich now.
This alludes to one of the most beloved lines in video gaming history. Early in the original 1996 game, Jill is almost crushed by a trap in which she’s locked in a room and the ceiling starts to descend. She’s rescued by her colleague Barry Burton (who’s disappointingly absent in the movie), and he utters the long-lasting phrases.
“That was too close, you were almost a Jill sandwich,” he says.
Words to dwell by.
Classic boss monsters
Another one from Jill. She asks her fellow STARS members in the event that they’d want to be “swallowed whole by a snake or eaten alive by a great white shark.” This is a reference to 2 of the bosses encountered within the unique Resident Evil and its 2002 remake.
You run into the snake a number of instances within the mansion, whereas the shark assaults within the basement of the mansion’s dormitory space. In the remake, relying on which character you play as, STARS member Richard Aiken suffers the actual fates described by Jill.
Words of the undead
Shortly after Claire Redfield arrives in Raccoon City, she spots a household succumbing to the results of Umbrella’s gradual an infection of the populace. Shortly earlier than attacking Claire, the zombified mom writes “ITCHY TASTY” on the window in blood.
This is a reference to the chilling Keeper’s Diary within the unique recreation, through which a employee on the Umbrella-owned mansion recounts his last days after getting contaminated with the T-Virus. His psychological state progressively deteriorates till he kills and eats one in all his colleagues.
“4. Itchy. Tasty,” the ultimate entry reads.
During her investigations of the orphanage’s secret lab, Claire occurs upon a projector that reveals blond twin youngsters pulling the wings off a dragonfly and gazing into one another’s eyes. It’s greater than a bit of unsettling and seems to have little to do with the remainder of the film.
These youngsters are Alexia and Alfred Ashford, and this projected film is almost an identical to at least one seen in 2000’s Resident Evil: Code Veronica. They’re members of one of many households that co-founded Umbrella, and their story is likely one of the sequence’ most complicated.
Alexia and Alfred have been genetically engineered from the DNA of Veronica Ashford, the deceased household founder. Alexia turned out to be an excellent genius and contaminated herself with the T-Veronica virus, which might give her superpowers however solely after going cryostasis for 15 years (giving her physique time to adapt to the virus).
While Alexia was frozen, a grief-stricken Alfred led the household and have become mentally unbalanced. He began dressing up as Alexia and talking in her voice, permitting the twins to reunite in his thoughts.
During the occasions of Code Veronica, Alfred is fatally wounded in a confrontation with Claire Redfield. Alexia wakes up simply earlier than his demise.
With her new virus-induced powers, Alexia battles Chris Redfield and in the end mutates right into a yucky dragonfly monster. Chris blows her up with an power weapon, ending the Ashford line and making that 15-year cryostasis seem to be a complete waste of time.
Johannes Roberts apparently instructed SFX Magazine that he is eager about adapting parts from Code Veronica for a sequel.
The G-Virus mutated William Birkin seems unstoppable when he attacks the train as our heroes escape the city. Their problem is solved when Leon happens to find a rocket launcher “in first class” and they blow Birkin away for the last time.
This alludes to the Resident Evil tradition of having you finish off its final bosses with a rocket to the face. It’s possible the movie’s first-class passengers had an emergency rocket launcher in case of an outbreak. (I accept that’s a pretty thin rationalization, but this movie is clearly reveling in its own silliness.)
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