‘Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon city’: Who’s who in the new movie

This Friday, November 26, a new installment of the franchise hits theaters, which focuses on the plot of the first two video games. ATTENTION: it may contain ‘spoilers’ about the plot.

Resident Evil was a successful video game launched by the Japanese company Capcom in 1996. It didn’t take long for sequels to hit the market that broke sales records and, as expected, the franchise made the leap to the movies. It was in 2002 when the screenwriter and director Paul WS Anderson (who had already directed the live action version Mortal Kombat) presented his film adaptation, as a modest production between Germany, the United States, Great Britain and France. The film, which featured Milla Jovovich and Michelle Rodriguez, it moved away from the plot created by Kenichi Iwao and Yasuyuki Saga to tell us a completely new story -although with connections to the original- with new characters, too.

Now, almost 20 years after that premiere, Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon city, in which the director Johannes Roberts (47 meters) takes the plot of the first two video games to deliver us a piece that pays tribute to the horror classics of the 80s and 90s, which works both as a gore fun and as a ‘fan service’ for people who have ever played the franchise created by Capcom. We are going to review who is who in the cast of this entertaining feature film that drinks from George A. Romero and John Carpenter.

Kaya Scodelario as Claire Redfield


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After having spent his childhood in a sinister orphanage, behind which was Umbrella Corporation, Claire Redfield returns to Raccoon City in search of her brother a law enforcement officer named Chris. Take this after having contacted an expert journalist in conspiracies named Ben Bertolucci (played by the actor and composer Josh Cruddas), who alerts him that the company has gradually “poisoned” the population and is now a place ghost from which the poor have not been able to escape. Her brother will receive her reluctantly – since she left the town years ago and they have barely maintained contact – just before the police chief sends her on a dangerous mission to the Spencer mansion, where the virologist Dr. Dr. Oswell lived. E. Spencer. Feeling that something is not going as it should, Claire moves to the police station where her brother works and there she will meet rookie Leon S. Kennedy. Both will have to face together a terrible danger that threatens the lives of all who remain there. The character is played by actress Kaya Scodelario, who rose to world fame for her role in The Maze Runner and who we have recently seen in Underwater Hell or Extremely cruel, evil and perverse.

Robbie Amell is Chris Redfield


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Raccoon City police officer Chris Redfield receives a visit from his sister Claire one rainy night. Both spent their childhood in a seedy house for homeless children and have not had contact for a long time, so the presence of his sister surprises him. Dr. William Birkin took it upon himself to educate him and make him the law man he is today, far from an adopted family. His sister shows him a VHS tape with the message of an independent journalist that alerts about the experiments that Umbrella Corporation has carried out with the population of this small town. Already at the police station, his rude boss will entrust him to go in search of a team of agents who have disappeared while they were carrying out a mission in the huge Spencer mansion. It is a maze and labyrinthine place that hides dangerous secrets inside. Robbie Amell plays this character, the protagonist of the first installment of the video game. We have seen this actor in other genre products such as The Nanny (and its sequel) or Code 8.

Avan Jogia and Leon S. Kennedy


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After having passed the police tests with great difficulty – in which his powerful father has to save him from a complicated situation – Leon S. Kennedy is assigned to the Raccoon City police station. In this place his colleagues make fun of him and his boss treats him without any respect. After sending the few remaining police officers on a rescue mission, their nasty boss tries to escape the city leaving Leon in command, surprising the rookie by the attitude of the first. Everything will change when he meets Claire, the sister of his partner Chris, who reveals that something bad is happening to the few remaining inhabitants in the town and that Umbrella Corporation has something to do with it. The two will embark on a mission against the clock in which they will discover dark secrets and put their survival skills to the test. Leon has the traits of British-Canadian actor Avan Jogia, who we know from his supporting roles in Zombieland: Kill and Finish and the Netflix film Shaft.

Hannah John-Came it Jill Valentine


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Known internationally for the role of Ghost in the Marvel film Ant-Man and The Wasp, Hannah John-Kamen takes on the role of Jill Valentine this time. She is the co-star of Capcom’s 1996 video game. Jill also belongs to the Raccoon City Police Force where she works closely with Chris Redfield, Albert Wesker and Richard Aiken. Together with them, he gets on a helicopter bound for the Spencer mansion: home of the owner and founder of the Umbrella Corporation company. In that place he will divide to look for some companions who went there and did not return, and he will have to face a dangerous horde of the undead whose sole objective is to kill everyone who crosses his path.

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Tom Hopper is Albert Wesker


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Albert Wesker is a burly cop, who seems to have a relationship that seems more than a friendship with fellow agent Jill Valentine. He is a joker and one of the natural leaders of the police station, but he seems to hide a dark secret: since when the police chief orders them to go in search of their missing companions in strange circumstances while they, he receives an enigmatic message in search of him that warns him that in his locker he has everything he needs to leave the city. Little by little, his companions will discover the truth about one of the most mysterious characters in this new installment of the saga Resident Evil. Actor Tom Hopper, who has risen to popularity for his role as Luther on the Netflix series The Umbrella Academy, embodies this nuanced role.

Neal McDonough es William Birkin


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When Claire Redfield and her brother Chris lived as children in the Raccoon City orphanage: that sinister place was run by a doctor named William Birkin (something in which the film is separated from the video game). What both were unaware of is that dangerous experiments were being carried out there with humans – with the aim of developing viruses that turn people into lethal weapons without conscience – backed by the Umbrella Corporation pharmaceutical company itself. When Claire goes off with a foster family, Birkin takes over Chris’s upbringing and becomes something of a mentor. Despite also having raised a family with his wife Annette and having a wonderful daughter, this scientist has been working in secret for years. When disaster breaks out in the small and semi-abandoned town, Birkin tries to escape with his family without forgetting the work that he has carried out all his life. Known for playing several iconic villains throughout his career (it was M. Bison in Street Fighter: The Legend or Damien Darhk in The Flash series), actor Neal McDonough plays one of the main villains of the role.

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