So far 2022 has heaped on the video game TV adaptions with many more on the way such as The Last of Us, God of War, Gran Turismo, and Fallout. Even SquareEnix’s acclaimed Life is Strange will reportedly be making its way to live-action soon.
But among the pile, there’s one video game franchise that has already seen multiple adaptations and enjoyed smash-hit status wherever it shambled – Resident Evil.
From Mila Jovovich’s Resident Evil film series, to animations, and the 2019 remake. And now the Resident Evil Netflix series is officially out there. And the results aren’t good.
This small-screen adaptation leans mostly on Umbrella Cooperation itself and follows the events of one of the video game’s origin villains, Albert Wesker (Lance Reddick) and his two daughters Jade Wesker (Ella Balinska) and Billie Wesker (Adeline Rudolph).
Jade is on a mission to save a zombie-filled world from Umbrella by containing what her father and the cooperation had done to humanity. She must battle not just blood-thirsty zombies and creatures but equally dodge the evil Umbrella.
However, despite Netflix best efforts, the majority of viewers have called it out for its flaws with some even calling it the streaming platform’s lowest-rated show ever.
Resident Evil currently sits at 51% of critics with an audience score of 25%. IMDB on the other hand shows a 3.6 out of 10 rating with Metacritic giving it a poor user score of 1.8, remarking on the show’s “overwhelming dislike.”
Drawing most ire it’s the series clunky script with viewers taking to Twitter to share their favourite moments…
— JD (@JDPF14) July 14, 2022
Of course, there’s the other side of the coin too, with some viewers liking the show and sticking up for it. Or at least parts of it.
I’m glad that in the #ResidentEvilNetflix series the Lickers are blind and hunt by sound like they do in the games, unlike how Anderson’s films had them have Predator type vision. Also the Licker scene is my favorite so far in the show pic.twitter.com/RNjGa4dGlh
— Arklay Resident (@ArklayResident) July 14, 2022
It appears that Resident Evil has finally become a victim of its own success. Viewers have developed a certain mindset with such a familiar, and well loved fran hise so that everything has to be mind blowing because the video games were – in essence – too damn good.
Netflix’s Resident Evil adaptation took the franchise to a different level and is telling the story from new angles, with new characters, locations and even villains… Which die-hard fans ain’t loving.
Our take is to welcome a fresh take. Schoolboy script aside, Netflix’s Resident Evil isn’t without its charms. Let’s hope that they can turn this zombie-ravaged truck around.