Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City

NEW YORK (CNS) -- In 2002, director Paul W. S. Anderson presided over the first big-screen adaptation of the zombie-themed videogame series "Resident Evil."

Five sequels followed and, while the tone of the movies may have softened over time, the subtitle of the last follow-up "The Final Chapter" (2017) will nonetheless have come as a relief to many.

Alas, it was not to be. Instead, Johannes Roberts has written and helmed a reboot, "Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City" (Screen Gems). In it, he returns to the explicit cannibalism and mutilation that characterized the early films in the franchise.

The sketchy plot proposes that a corrupt pharmaceuticals conglomerate, the Umbrella Corporation, has poisoned the water supply of the titular factory town. The tainted H2O is rapidly transforming most of Raccoon City's inhabitants into undead fanciers of human flesh.

Among the targets of these crazed fiends are police officer Chris Redfield (Robbie Amell), his estranged sister Claire (Kaya Scodelario) and three of his colleagues: Detective Jill Valentine (Hannah John-Kamen), Capt. Albert Wesker (Tom Hopper) and rookie Leon S. Kennedy (Avan Jogia). All are equally forgettable figures.