Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness review: light on zombies, heavy on cynicism


Polygon 09 July, 2021 - 02:40pm 11 views

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Infinite Darkness takes place after the events of Resident Evil 4 and features longtime Resident Evil leads Leon Kennedy (introduced as “the guy who saved the president's daughter”) and Claire Redfield. There's a lot going on. The VergeResident Evil: Infinite Darkness review: Netflix’s show brings zombies to the White House

Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness is light on zombies, but heavy on cynicism

Resident Evil isn’t really a consistent franchise. Hell, its individual games aren’t very consistent — even the good ones! But it’s a sprawling multimedia property, with video games, live-action movies, animated movies, and a forthcoming live-action series to its name, so there must be something there tying it all together, right? And yet it seems to succeed directly because of its incohesion. This is the odd thing about Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness, the unassuming animated miniseries now streaming on Netflix: If you watch it closely enough, it presents one possible answer to the question of what makes a Resident Evil story. Watching it closely isn’t easy, though — even though it only spans four mercifully brief half-hour episodes.

Written and directed by Eiichirō Hasumi, with Shogo Moto co-writing the script, Infinite Darkness is a computer-animated miniseries that follows government agent Leon S. Kennedy after a quickly contained zombie outbreak in the White House escalates into a diplomatic crisis between the United States and China. How the former relates to the latter forms the spine of Infinite Darkness’ plot, but the answers are only compelling for hardcore Resident Evil fans. Otherwise, it’s incomprehensible.

For example: Viewers are expected to know from the outset that Infinite Darkness takes place between the video games Resident Evil 4 and Resident Evil 5. They’re also expected to generally be familiar with the events of Resident Evil 2. Otherwise, they won’t know anything about the show’s other main character, Claire Redfield, and how she connects to Leon. (They survived a zombie apocalypse in the small town of Raccoon City together.) Leon also turns up in a trilogy of middling animated movies available to buy or rent on-demand — subtitled Degeneration, Damnation, and Vendetta — but Infinite Darkness takes place in a blip on the timeline where those stories don’t really matter. Again, this seems like a project solely for committed fans, the kind of people who would most want to see a connection to those previous stories and the latest one. That connection is close to nonexistent. Infinite Darkness is doing its own thing.

Unfortunately, that thing isn’t terribly compelling, given all the study prep Infinite Darkness expects viewers to do. On paper, the miniseries presents an interesting twist on the Resident Evil formula: It chooses to treat the series’ ubiquitous zombies almost as an afterthought, and instead focuses on the people who create them. This has always been a running thread in Resident Evil games — in the series’ fiction, zombies and other monsters are almost always a byproduct of pharmaceutical companies’ attempts to create a new form of weapon. Dubbed “bio-organic weapons,” the hordes of monsters the player fights in these games are usually the collateral damage in an attempt to create a more perfect and destructive monster, which is usually confronted in the finale.

This is the strongest connective thread uniting all of the Resident Evil games and spinoff media, which vary wildly in tone and quality: They are all, in some way, about the military-industrial complex, and how all flesh is just grist for the mill when it comes to making weapons of war. The world of Resident Evil is one where bullets, bombs, and missiles are no longer enough to satisfy the greed of war profiteers, new horrors must be introduced, and everyone suffers the consequences.

It must be stressed that Infinite Darkness conveys all of this with an astonishing clumsiness. The animation quality varies on a shot-by-shot basis, with the occasional fight scene or closeup rendered in impressive detail, and most other scenes occupied by figures best described as lively mannequins. The English voice acting is blunt, episodes begin and end arbitrarily (it feels exactly like a movie Netflix chopped up into a series), and the script is resolutely dull. On some level, it’s great to see such a focused attempt to foreground the running themes of the Resident Evil series. But if this is how it’s going to be done, the usual thematic confusion is a better choice.

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Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness Review

Den of Geek 10 July, 2021 - 01:01am

Although it has a few scares, Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness likely won't be anybody's favorite take on the beloved video game series.

Infinite Darkness sees our heroes covering familiar territory from opposite directions. Leon is now fully under the employ of the U.S. government after saving the president’s daughter from Los Iluminados in Resident Evil 4, and he even wears a suit while stopping a zombie outbreak inside the White House. Meanwhile, Claire works for an NGO in the fictional nation of Penamstan, which was torn apart by a civil war fueled by American interests and a few biological weapons. Despite hardly sharing the screen throughout the four episodes, Leon and Claire are both on the same mission to uncover a secret plot to unleash a new zombie virus overseas just as tensions between the U.S. and China are reaching a boiling point.

Conspiracies about biological weapons grown in labs, virus outbreaks inside the White House, tensions between the U.S. and China, warmongers leading American foreign policy — Infinite Darkness is not so subtle about its influences, even as it tries to wrap them up in a tale of espionage and Black Hawk Down-style rescue missions involving lots of zombies. But this is largely a story with no bite, happy to reference current events while too afraid to say anything new or interesting about them. Yes, Infinite Darkness may trigger a few viewers, but this show hardly deserves the discourse.

Beyond Leon and Claire, Infinite Darkness introduces a few new characters to the Resident Evil family. Former U.S. special forces operatives Jason (Ray Chase) and Shen Mei (Jona Xiao) are at the center of the story. Both have dark pasts that tie back to the civil war in Penamstan, where a mission gone terribly wrong has far-reaching consequences that unfold throughout the four episodes. While it’s unlikely that either will become a mainstay of the franchise, Jason and Shen Mei add just enough to Leon’s adventure to propel the convoluted story forward.

I say “Leon’s adventure” because while he and Claire share top billing, Leon, Jason, and Shen Mei enjoy most of the screen time, while Claire’s investigation is relegated to a B-plot until the final episode when all their paths converge for a final boss fight with the big bad. There are a few twists and turns along the way, but you’ll likely see most of them coming. In fact, the miniseries plays its best card in the second episode, with the final two dealing with the fallout.

Genuine scares are few and far between, with Infinite Darkness mostly adapting the action movie tone of later installments in the video game series, but there are a few standout moments of horror. The scariest sequence involves flesh-eating rats inside of a submarine. The way those undead critters swarm their prey absolutely gave me goosebumps. True to the source material, expect some very gruesome scenes, including grotesque moments of body horror.

Meanwhile, flashbacks to a rescue mission in the war-torn streets of Penamstan are basically ripped right out of Black Hawk Down, which makes sense considering Ridley Scott’s 2001 war film was a key inspiration for Resident Evil 5 and the Chris Redfield section of Resident Evil 6, the most action-heavy installments in the game series. The detailed CG animation brings some realism to these battle scenes which start as straightforward military fiction until the zombies show up. Overall, the CG feels like a step up from Resident Evil‘s past animated movie offerings, including 2017’s Resident Evil: Vendetta.

But looks aren’t enough to carry this particularly self-serious chapter, which devolves into an action shooter more often than not. That would normally be par for the course for a Resident Evil adaptation — and it’s likely what most fans will be looking for when queuing up Infinite Darkness — but this miniseries often teases greater ambitions. Infinite Darkness is happy to ask some tough questions but pulls out the guns and the zombies just when it’s time to give some answers.

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John Saavedra is the Managing Editor of Den of Geek. He lives in New York City with his two cats.

Leon's Huge Resident Evil 4 Link In Infinite Darkness Explained

Screen Rant 09 July, 2021 - 04:18pm

Leon Kennedy's first interaction with President Graham in Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness references a major event from the highly-acclaimed Resident Evil 4 videogame. Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness, set between the events of RE4 and RE5, sends Leon Kennedy and Claire Redfield on a mission to investigate an attack on the White House. While fending off zombie intruders, Leon meets war hero Jason and tech expert Shen May, who share their own tragic stories with the infected.

As it turns out, the attack on the White House is orchestrated by Secretary Wilson, who advises President Graham to retaliate against China and encouraged the use of bioweapons, from which he intends to profit by selling the cure to the masses. In the end, Leon and Claire succeed in keeping the virus from causing mass panic, and although subtle, one of the things that help President Graham make a wiser decision is his previous experiences with Leon, which he promptly discloses as soon as he meets him, saying "I'm indebted with you for getting my daughter, Ashley, back."

President Graham's wish to protect his daughter Ashley convinces him to agree with Secretary Wilson at first, as evidenced by his pensive look at her portrait in the Oval Office. However, he trusts Leon more than Wilson because Leon successfully saved Ashley in Resident Evil 4, where she was abducted by the cult of "Los Iluminados". Both Ashley — who is infamous for being extremely prone to being killed during the game's many escort missions — and Leon are infected with a parasite known as "Las Plagas", but they managed to escape after being double-crossed by Ada Wong.

The White House incident proves how close humanity has been to experience a zombie crisis in the Resident Evil universe up until 2006. A few years later, Resident Evil 6 sends the series' main heroes on a mission to stop a global bioterrorist attack, which they barely stop. Perhaps Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness season 2 or a similar continuation will shed light on other unexplored parts of the timeline where zombies and shady conspiracies almost changed the course of the franchise.

Here’s When Netflix’s 'Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness' Is Set in the Series’ Timeline 09 July, 2021 - 11:28am

The timelines doesn't get too muddy.

The animated series has been slowly climbing the streamer's charts. Set between the fourth and fifth game, the series features the game's mainstays: Leon S. Kennedy and Claire Redfield.

The plot is pretty simple too and doesn’t muddy the already established timeline. (Remember, there are eight games in total, so the animated series can’t introduce too much).

Fans are heading back to 2006, where they’ll get another look of the kickass zombie fighting duo, Kennedy and Redfield. After the events of the fourth game—when the hacking incident was discovered at the White House—Kennedy is on a mission to investigate the aforementioned incident when he runs into a horde of zombies after the house is under a strange cyberattack from the Chinese military (this is a theory from the House Secretary). He later meets up with Redfield who was also on some strange mission (more on this later), and the rest is history.

Now any Resident Evil fans know that the Umbrella Corporation, a corrupt AF company, was responsible for the zombie apocalypse. They introduced the T-virus, and well, it turned people into human-eating monsters. The thing about Infinite Darkness is that it builds upon the video game franchise while also giving us more storylines that’ll explain the connection between Redfield, Kennedy, and the Umbrella Corporation. Remember how we said Redfield was also on a strange mission? Yeah, she was building schools in the fictional Middle Eastern country Ramadan, which is a site of importance for the United States and Chinese military and a testing site for the T-virus.

So, two countries are dancing around a war for a smaller fictional country that is also the site for a breeding zombie virus. Fans will just have to see how this all ends—and in only four episodes total.

Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness Didn't Need To Be A Series

Screen Rant 09 July, 2021 - 11:21am

While fan response to the Milla Jovovich-led Resident Evil movies has been decidedly mixed, they're also the most successful video game to movie franchise to date. There's also a trilogy of Resident Evil anime movies, with the first - Resident Evil: Degeneration - arriving in 2008. This reunited Resident Evil 2 survivors Leon Kennedy and Claire Redfield in an airport filled with zombies. The next entry Damnation came in 2012, and sent Leon and spy Ada Wong off to an Eastern Europe warzone to face off with controlled bioweapons, while the most recent entry Vendetta contained the triple threat of Leon, Chris Redfield and Rebecca Chambers.

While this anime movie trilogy holds a certain guilty pleasure charm, the critical reviews for these Resident Evil entries aren't much better than their live-action counterparts. 2021 is quite a busy year for the franchise, as it not only celebrates its 25th anniversary, but this year also marks the release of new game Resident Evil Village, the movie reboot Welcome To Raccoon City and the Netflix original series Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness. This pairs Leon and Claire yet again, but while the story might be told over four episodes, it really should have been a movie.

The arcs of both these new characters play a huge part in Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness' storyline, which plays into a major reveal in episode 2. An entire episode could have been devoted to Jason's backstory and his motives or the White House siege itself, but the show is paced as a film so it never takes that time. Likewise, Claire's relationship with a traumatized child refugee - whose harrowing drawing of a zombie attack kicks off her quest - is never really paid off, as the character is soon dropped from the story.

It feels like the series was originally planned and scripted as a solo movie before being sliced into four episodes. Had Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness being told over eight episodes inside of four, maybe it could have made good use of its format. In its current form, however, it feels like a movie pretending to be a TV show.

Here's How Many Episodes There Are of 'Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness' 09 July, 2021 - 10:57am

The video game adaptation dropped on July 8.

Resident Evil fans, rejoice. Leon S. Kennedy and Claire Redfield are back! Netflix’s Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness dropped on July 8, and follows the two mainstays of the video game series in a new animated tale taking place between Resident Evil 4 and 5.

Infinite Darkness follows Claire and Leon as they investigate an attack on the White House. The show is perfect for fans intrigued by the sometimes confusing lore of the games, and anyone else who wants to see more of the two protagonists.

But for eager fans logging onto Netflix to watch, they may be surprised to see only four episodes have dropped. If you’re wondering whether or not there’s more episodes to come, we’ve got you covered.

The short answer is: nope. The longer answer is that the series only has four episodes, but it doesn’t mean there couldn’t be a season 2 on the way. The end of the four-part show appears to tie things up nicely as a lead-in to the fifth installment of the video games, but as fans know, there’s always a shady corporation or character backstory the games just don’t have time to truly explore. If Netflix decides to continue the series, there’s more than enough lore to cover.

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In the meantime, Deadline reports Netflix has a live-action Resident Evil adaptation on the way following sisters Jade and Billie Wesker who move to New Raccoon City. The two have to grapple with the past actions of their father, Albert Wesker, who appeared in the first game of the franchise.

Review: All Roads Lead to Leon in RESIDENT EVIL: INFINITE DARKNESS — GeekTyrant

GeekTyrant 09 July, 2021 - 07:00am

I’m a late comer to the Resident Evil franchise and haven’t had the chance to play many of the games. But the game that got me into them was Resident Evil 2. I always loved the storyline for it, and it has my favorite character of the franchise, Claire Redfield. I remember playing The Darkside Chronicles and loving it as a way to get into her story line. I liked the dynamic between her and Leon, and her overall badassness. The only Resident Evil movie I have seen is Degeneration, specifically because she was in it. So when I saw the trailer for Infinite Darkness, I was so excited to see that she would be in it. Overall, I enjoyed the series, the visuals were good, the music was excellent, and the story was typical Resident Evil.

The first thing to talk about is the way the show looks. In single screen shots, it looks beautiful. The textures of the clothing and scenery especially stood out to me. However, it still felt a little awkward when characters moved casually and their mouths didn’t always match great with the dialogue, mainly in the more stoic characters like Leon. It’s pretty par for the course from what Resident Evil media has looked to me, I was just expecting a little more expressiveness by now after seeing how amazing Village looks. The other nitpicky thing is the women’s hair; it is never animated great. In stills it looks great, but moving around, yikes. It either is completely stiff or moving way more than hair usually moves. Not a dealbreaker, but they still haven’t solved that animation problem.

The music I think is excellent. I really enjoyed listening to the opening and end credits music. Honestly, there’s not much more to say about it, I look forward to being able to get the sound track.

The story is intriguing, but ended up falling a little flat for me. I’m going to do my best to avoid spoilers here, but here is your warning just in case you want to go in completely blind.

It’s a typical evil corporation investigation type story. I think the reason it fell flat for me is so much time was spent with Leon and not enough with Claire. We spend the vast majority of the series with them separate and learning different information from what the other learns. But there was no true payoff for Claire’s investigation efforts, we’re even left dangling on a clue that she finds that we never get to see. While Leon is admittedly learning more about what’s going on, I think they focus too heavily on him and don’t give other characters enough time to develop. If you love Leon, then of course this will not be a problem, but if you are like me and were so excited to see Claire, well, you’ll probably be disappointed at how little time she actually gets to be in this series. They also introduced a few really interesting characters, but we never really get to see what they were fully capable of which is incredibly disappointing. Again, less time needs to be focused on letting Leon be the big hero and letting other characters have moments to shine.

The story could have used more development and action. Like I said, it was pretty typical Resident Evil, but it felt like they wanted to spend more time on it and just couldn’t. I would have rather had another few episodes in order to get more action and more development of its overall theme, how fear and terror evolves, especially with how important it reveals itself to be in the final scenes. It looks like they’ve opened it up for more seasons so I will be interested in seeing if they are able to follow up with more and be able to develop more with it. I think it was done well enough that it deserves at least one more season, but I would like to see a little bit more balance between the main characters.

I enjoyed the series as a whole, but definitely had some hang ups with it. I would give it a 7/10, a good start to a multi season series, but not the most amazing stand alone mini series.

I really need you to hear this - the new Resident Evil Netflix show is amazing

Rock Paper Shotgun 09 July, 2021 - 05:30am

Yesterday saw the release of Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness onto Netflix, a standalone four-part CGI animation based on Capcom's favourite survival-horror-action series of games. I binged it all in one sitting last night (it being collectively less than the length of the average Marvel film) and let me tell you: that was the best evening I have had in a while, and you should definitely watch it. It is simulataneously really well written and really badly written, and I'm still struggling to get my head around it.

Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness stars Resident Evil 2's protagonists Claire Redfield and Leon "S" Kennedy, although they barely speak to one another. It's set in 2006, between Resi 4 (everyone's favourite) and Resi 5 (nobody's favourite), so right away you know there are zero stakes here. Leon teams up with Jason, a hulking blonde gorilla, and Shen May, a badass who deserved better that what this show gave her, to investigate possible security attacks on America coming from China. But Jason and Shen May have a shady and clandestine past in the US military!? Also, assume every other scene might feature a zombie. (Claire has a B-plot where she independently investigates all this herself, but it is hilariously minimal.)

The CGI is mixed, sometimes really good and sometimes weirdly terrible for some reason, but the plot is very complex. Video game complex, in fact. It involves a civil war in a country called Penamstan which descended into a virus outbreak covered up by the US Army, and secret super-soldier programmes, and conspiracy, and family, and fear. If I explained it to you it would take me about half an hour, but the show teases it out with flashbacks shown in a different order as present events unfold, and it's honestly done in such an intelligent way. It's genuinely impressive.

In contrast to that, though, let me give you a list of other things in Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness:

As such I think Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness is poised to be really successful, because it is clearly a fans-first experience (I have only a journeyman knowledge of Resi at this point, and loads of references flew over my head). But it's also wildly entertaining, potentially for non-fans and even if that's not usually in ways it meant to be. And at the same time, it's just weirdly kind of good sometimes?? It has great use of lighting, and diegetic noise. The actions scenes are hectic and frantic. Plus, a civil war in a fictional country that was massively worsened by clandestine and grim US Army intervention? That's wild! Good for Infinite Darkness! But also, a zombie on life support loooooooool. I can't get over it. Go watch this show right now. You won't regret it.

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Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness Review: 'There's a reason that Capcom did a soft reboot of the series with RE7'

Game Revolution 08 July, 2021 - 09:34pm

Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness, the latest in the series of Resident Evil CGI films, just hit Netflix. It’s the first of two Resident Evil productions that will be exclusive to the streaming service and serves as a pseudo-sequel to Resident Evil: Degeneration and a prequel to Resident Evil 5.

While Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness is presented as a four-part miniseries, it’s not really. It’s 100% a film that’s been chopped into four parts. I’m sure some Netflix algorithm predicted that audiences would respond better to 4 25:00 episodes than a 1:45:00 movie, but don’t get things confused. This production is the next Resident Evil CGI film, no more, no less.

The story of Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness kicks off in 2000. During the (fictional) Penamstan Civil War, a US Army unit combatted rebel forces when one of their helicopters goes down. Against orders, the special operations unit “Mad Dogs” proceeds to the crashed choppers location and attempts to rescue the crew. However, events go very south and end in tragedy.

Six years later, Claire Redfield, working for TerraSave, is working as part of a relief operation in Penamstan. She meets a boy there who saw what happened to the Mad Dogs unit. It was so horrifying that it drove him mute, but he drew a picture of what he saw. To Claire’s surprise, it looked exactly like what happened during the Raccoon City incident.

Meanwhile, Leon Kennedy is at the White House along with Penamstan hero (and one of the last surviving members of the Mad Dogs) Jason and Army agent Shen May. The president is tasking the three to find the source of an info leak about a Shanghai biological weapons lab that could threaten international security. As Secretary of State Warren blames the Chinese and encourages the president to take a hardline, the White House is attacked by a biological weapon that infects several staffers, turning them into zombies.

As Leon and Claire connect the dots, they find that Penamstan holds a secret that could shake the foundations of the US and are targeted by those who stand to lose everything if their wrongdoings come to light.

Netflix advertising Infinite Darkness as a series is going to disappoint many fans. However, the fact that it’s not a series is one of its biggest weaknesses. The plot isn’t given enough time to bloom into anything other than superficiality. Concepts are spoken about and quickly forgotten. The windup toward the ending is so on rails that it feels anti-climatic.

Infinite Darkness has some intriguing themes that could have made this production more heady fair than most other Resident Evil media (and I say this as a huge fan of the franchise). Topics like war crimes, PTSD, refugee crises, and profiteering are touched on very briefly, but only in the most superficial ways.

Aside from issues with the runtime, Infinite Darkness also suffers from a mixed tone. It seems like it wants to be thoughtful at times, primarily when focusing on war and its victims. Still, it also has to be bombastic with White House gunfights and secret nuclear submarine missions.

One of the major issues is that the film is set between Resident Evil 4 and 5, which is an awkward point in the series storywise. The threat of Umbrella and its legacy has gone from local to international. With the stakes so high, we know what will happen, especially since the two stars (really one) appear in later media. Two new characters are introduced, Jason and Shen May, but since this is a prequel/sequel, we know they do not affect anything later in the timeline, so it’s hard to care about them.

Resident Evil was the progenitor of survival horror, and there’s a reason that Capcom did a soft reboot of the series with RE7: the series lost its scare factor with RE5 and RE6. If a film has to be made using existing characters, set it sometime exciting. For example, do a retelling of the Racoon City Incident or when Claire is looking for Chris after RE2. Don’t make it a pseudo-philosophical international romp.

Perhaps the biggest sin of Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness is how it treats Claire Redfield. She got the short end of the stick in canon anyway. Leon goes off to be a secret agent, and she becomes a human rights activist. That wouldn’t be an issue, but the film makes it evident that Leon doesn’t really care what she has to say when she tries to warn him of a possible prior outbreak in Penamstan. He doesn’t even forward her concerns to any government agency.

Instead, while Leon is on submarines and blowing stuff up, Claire has to poke around and try and solve the mystery of what happened during the Penamstan Civil War. I’m not sure why they even bothered including her since Leon solves the puzzle independently. The writers could have removed Claire from Infinite Darkness altogether, and Leon’s plot would be almost exactly the same.

Claire’s presence in Infinite Darkness definitely feels tacked on, and I wouldn’t be surprised if the original script only starred Leon. Unfortunately, at no point do they really team up, and her B plot does nothing to explain any story elements that aren’t already covered during scenes with Leon.

Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness doesn’t do anything to further the canon. It doesn’t directly tie into any games or any other media except for passing references. As far as the rest of the timeline is concerned, nothing that is shown here happened. Capcom let go of this portion of the timeline for a reason. There’s plenty of room elsewhere for more interesting stories that actually feature horror elements and suspense.

Infinite Darkness is worth a watch for fans of the franchise because even bad Resident Evil is still Resident Evil. However, those who aren’t familiar with the series will likely be dumbstruck as this film is a poor introduction.

Resident Evil - Infinite Darkness Review: Netflix’s Anime Adaption of the Capcom VideoGame Is a Fun but Flawed Watch (LatestLY Exclusive) | 📺 LatestLY

LatestLY 08 July, 2021 - 11:21am

Resident Evil Infinite Darkness Review: Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness is a new original anime series by Netflix added in their long line of game-based TV shows. Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness follows Leon Kennedy as he is brought into the White House to investigate a hacking which causes zombies to enter it. Infinite Darkness also brings back Claire Redfield who is investigating a drawing by a child refugee indicating that a new pandemic relating to what happened in Raccoon city might be in the works again. Resident Evil Series in Development at Netflix, Plot Details Revealed.

Infinite Darkness brings back the voice actors for Leon Kennedy and Claire Redfield from Resident Evil 2 Remake. Nick Apostolides (Leon Kennedy) and Stephanie Panisello (Claire Redfield) again do an amazing job of portraying these characters. Especially Nick, who voiced the inexperienced but nervous Leon in the Resident Evil 2 Remake and over here, he is able to convincingly bring out the battle-hardened toughness of Leon Kennedy. It doesn’t feel out of place for the character and rather works well considering how the story is set after the events of Resident Evil 4. The voice acting overall for the show is very well done. The voice actors are able to simulate the emotions of the characters without sounding overly dramatic, and it works well with the occasionally inconsistent dialogues of the show.

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Infinite Darkness just feels like a classic Resident Evil story in a television format rather than the creators trying to flock away from the formula that made the series famous in the first place. It has all the gore and violence that you come to expect off a Resident Evil title and it caters to the fans really well.

The animation for the show is also more than decent. Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness looks like a video game cutscene at times and it works well with the aesthetic that the show is going for. The cinematography looks amazing, the design of the zombies and some surprise monsters are excellent. Infinite Darkness is basically like watching a cinematic trailer for a videogame in a television format. While the animation is good for the most part, there are some random glitches, like when characters just look like plastic toys in some instances. It even hampers with the delivery of the dialogue because it feels like the audio isn’t synced well in some of the scenes. OTT Releases Of The Week: Jimmy Shergill’s Collar Bomb on Disney+ Hotstar, Akshaye Khanna’s State of Siege Temple Attack on ZEE5 and More.

While Infinite Darkness is still a fun watch, it is just a few metres shy way from being great. It feels like the story is holding back on a lot of thrills for it doesn’t really take a step further in making the scenes tense. A scene from the second episode which takes place on a submarine is one of the most tense scenes in this four part season, but the future portions never reach those heights again. All of this can be chalked up to its two hour runtime and how the story isn’t allowed to breathe. Maybe a bit more time had been given to flesh out every episode, I think it would have worked better.

Also as a huge fan of Resident Evil 2 I have to mention how Claire was so underutilised over her. The story almost completely focuses on Leon most of the time and Claire just ends up becoming a background character. She does have purpose in the show, but it is just so underutilised that it will definitely bug people.

While the show caters to fans, anyone new will probably be turned off by how many references there are to the previous games. This may cause confusion among people as not many will understand what Infinite Darkness might be referring to in some scenes.

-The tone feels very much similar to the games

-Animation can look inconsistent at times

-Feels a bit too short

Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness is a fun two hours to spend on if you’re a Resident Evil fan. It doesn’t change the wheel but it still provides an entertaining story that will leave you satisfied by the end of it. If there is a second season in the future, I hope that it can build upon the concepts introduced here. Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness is streaming on Netflix.

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