Vendetta is the best Resident Evil movie to date
If someone had told me 20 years ago that comic book films would become the next moneymaking genre in the movie business, I probably would've scoffed at the idea. Here we are now in 2017 with another Spider-Man reboot swinging in next month ready to rake in more millions and then the long-awaited Justice League in the fall. And while comic book films have been making bank the last several years, video game films are starting to make some traction as well, something I predict will be the next big thing. While there have been more downs than ups when it comes to live-action adaptations of popular gaming franchises, if Resident Evil: Vendetta is any indication, it's that there is still hope to create successful adaptations. For those that are probably confused, this film is separate from the live-action films which deviates immensely from the video games it's based on; this third film in the CGI series remains more faithful to the series. If you're a stickler for accuracy then you should know that canon-wise, this film takes place between Resident Evil 6 and the recently released 7. BSAA agent Chris Redfield goes on a covert operation to find and apprehend a war merchant called Glenn Arias who is on the most wanted list after coming into possession of B.O.Ws (bio-organic weapons). Unfortunately, the mission goes wrong with Chris losing members of his team as well as letting Glenn escape. Now with a personal grudge, Chris enlists the help of Leon S. Kennedy, a special agent who works with the U.S. government, and Rebecca Chambers, a long-time friend of Chris who has uncovered a vaccine that can be used against Glenn's B.O.Ws. The plot for Resident Evil: Vendetta isn't anything we haven't seen done before but everything else, oh man it is SO good. This is hands down the best Resident Evil movie ever and it puts all the live-action adaptations to shame. The action scenes are fluid and intense, like watching poetry in motion. Speaking of which, I couldn't help but think that the creators for this film were probably taking some cues and notes from watching the John Wick movies as Leon is taking down the zombies in a very familiar fashion. Even though there's plenty it does that's good, there still some parts that it does that's bad. The lip-syncing can be a bit off at some times, and the film has some questionable awkward scenes, such as Rebecca responding with a thumbs up after nearly getting gnarled on by a zombie. In some way, it adds to the film's cheesiness since you can't really take the movie seriously (you'll know what I mean when you watch the scene with Leon on the bike). For a genre that tends to get overtly criticized because of poor adaptations, Vendetta rectifies this and will not only please fans of the Resident Evil series but action junkies too. However, just like every other video game film, your level of enjoyment will be based on how familiar you are with the series so tread with caution because there's no backstory or exposition that will catch you up to speed. Other than that, Resident Evil: Vendetta is without question the reigning entry for both the CGI and live-action adaptations, and it's one of the best films of 2017. Highly Recommended.