Capcom’s famous video game has reached the online screen through Netflix with a first season of eight episodes set in the world of Resident Evil. The video game has had a prolific career in film with no less than seven different adaptations, and now it’s time to bet on a different adventure.
The streaming platform, Netflix, has not doubted for a second in its ability to replicate the success of video games with the live-action series Resident Evil, which is already available from July 14.
In this fiction we will follow the story of sisters Jade and Billie Wesker, 14-year-old girls who move to New Racoon City, a corporate city that they face in the midst of adolescence. However, the more time they spend in the city, the more they realize that there is more to everything than meets the eye. They even begin to distrust their father, who seems to be hiding secrets, dark secrets that they are unaware of that could end up destroying the world.
This happens in a first timeline of the story, because the narrative follows a combination of past and present in which the second timeline is set when the sisters reach the age of 30. The adult Jade is faced with the situation of having to fight thousands of monsters, people and animals infected with a virus that is ending the world, as there are now less than 15 million people left on earth. Moreover, now she is the one who has secrets about her past, her sister, her father and herself. Secrets that will haunt her throughout the series.
The Netflix series has achieved a milestone in the history of the franchise and is that it is the only audiovisual adaptation of Resident Evil that has achieved a good review. The clear example is Rotten Tomatoes, where none of the movies have achieved more than 40% of the critics, while the series has reached 62%.
In short, many feel that the Resident Evil series has made a departure from the twenty year old film franchise and has shifted into new horror territory, one that seems to live up to the great success of the original video game.