Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness Doesn’t Have Enough Bite (Review)

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Resident Evil is a popular video game franchise that has spawned live-action films, animated films, and the internet’s love of Lady Dimitrescu. Netflix and Capcom have teamed up for an original anime series, Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness, which is set in 2006 between the events of Resident Evil 2 and Resident Evil 5. The 4-part animated miniseries sees both Leon S. Kennedy and Claire Redfield back together again, discovering the secret behind the U.S. Army Mad Dogs special forces unit and their connection to zombies. Fans will be delighted with returning fan-favorite characters in Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness; unfortunately, it just doesn’t have enough bite to satisfy this Resident Evil fan.

Mysterious Zombie Attack

A conspiracy involving a helicopter crash with the U.S. Army Mad Dogs is at the forefront. Somehow it’s tied to a zombie attack, and leading the unit was Captain Jason. Meanwhile, a top-secret White House file is hacked, with Leon S. Kennedy and Jason, the “Hero of Penamstan,” gets an invitation to the White House to help with the investigation. Claire is on the trail of a horrifying experiment that took place during the Penamstan civil war. Her investigation will have her cross paths with Leon.

Although Resident Evil has introduced various types of monsters with each new video game iteration, zombies are still popular with fans of the franchise. For Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness, the series returns to the game’s roots with the walking dead. Plus, seeing Claire and Leon together again is a treat. There are other threats, including rat zombies and a BOW (Bio Organic Weapon) boss battle.

The meat of the story is the mystery behind the Mad Dog unit and the zombie attacks, but it doesn’t really feel engaging since the characters involved are kind of bland. The series did show promise, but the short running time was definitely a hindrance, making things wrap up “nicely” once the fourth episode ended.

The Action

The action is solid, but nothing blew us away. The tactical choreography is definitely better than the animated Resident Evil films since it was more grounded. There’s no crazy gun fu like in Resident Evil Vendetta, and Leon S. Kennedy is able to hold his own during intense scenes. The animation still looked weird, with some of the walking animation looking very off as if the humans are actual zombies trying to fit in with society.

Leon fans will be happy with his moments in the miniseries; however, Claire is really underutilized. She doesn’t get to shine as one of the main protagonists, and her story just felt pointless during the third act.

Final Reaction

Seeing Claire Redfield and Leon S. Kennedy together is always a treat, but Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness lacks a gripping story and engrossing supporting characters, resulting in an uneventful viewing experience.

Score: 3/5 Atoms

Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness launches on Netflix on July 8, 2021.

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