Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City - New Game Plus

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With my edit, Leon and Claire become the heroes of their own stories, and the simpler plot trims the runtime to less than 90 minutes, leaving a quick and more enjoyable experience to wrap up before it overstays its welcome.
After 20 years of bad live-action adaptations of Resident Evil, “Welcome to Raccoon City” is my favorite, so I figured I might as well try to optimize it. I like the casting, cinematography, original score, set design, and how it at least generally emulates the structure of the first two games. I dislike the bloated plot and out-of-character behavior, especially for Leon.
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• Removed subplots I thought broke immersion, slowed pacing, or otherwise were executed poorly:
- Chris and Claire growing up at the orphanage, including all flashbacks. Although: The Redfields still lost their parents at a young age, Chris still grew up under William and Umbrella's influence, and Claire still ran away from home and distrusts William and Umbrella.
- Everything related to Lisa, who doesn’t make sense without the flashbacks
• Significantly reframed how Leon's characterized. He's still a rookie, but:
- He's no longer at the receiving end of every criticism, outburst, or joke
- He didn’t transfer to Raccoon City because of a friendly fire accident
- He doesn’t appear to be touching a gun for the first time
- He doesn’t let Ben steal the gun
- He defends himself more proactively
• Removed the mid-credits scene, partly because it's cheesy and partly because it teases a highly unlikely sequel
• Changed some of the background music where necessary because of heavily edited scenes
• Updated the logo and time stamps to emulate the style of the video game series


• Removed a shot of Claire eating unrefrigerated pizza
• Removed dialogue suggesting Leon's interested in Jill romantically
• Removed dialogue/shots suggesting a Chris/Jill/Wesker love triangle
• Removed or shortened some of Chief Irons' outbursts
• Removed a generic “creepy children’s toy” shot

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(Updated: October 31, 2023)
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This was an... interesting edit, but I wouldn't say the movie itself was very good to begin with so I feel you were working at a disadvantage. The first 80% was pretty great honestly. I feel like the characters mostly made good decisions, the plot was moving along at a good pace, and there wasn't too much exposition dumping.

The movie itself was extremely visually dark. I actually had to open it in an editor on my end and brighten it so I could see what was happening. Again it seems like that's the way it originally is, but if you could brighten it up it would improve the Quality score.

I'm a pretty big Resident Evil games fan but I was a bit confused as we hit that last 20% of the movie. You may have cut a little too much of the plot. I couldn't figure out why William would call Chris "my boy" (did they have a relationship I didn't know about?), why Jill and Chris hugged (I'm sure they were happy to see each other but it felt like I was supposed to know something about them as a duo), or honestly what the hell Wesker was doing at all (was some of his exposition linked to the love triangle?).

In the end, I think you improved it from a 6/10 movie into a 7/10 movie, so that's good work! There are a few issues but I still enjoyed myself, so thanks for the work!

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