Infecting Netflix is Resident Evil Infinite Darkness, a new Netflix series based on the popular game series that stars popular characters, Leon Kennedy and Claire Redfield. The two are thrown into a government conspiracy involving a special forces unit and its encounter with zombies during a military operation.
The series takes place two years after Resident Evil 4 with Leon helping the U.S. government investigate the origins of a zombie attack on the White House and Claire investigating the special forces incident. Both get in over their heads and become a part of a larger sinister plot. Eventually, the two plots converge together with Leon and Claire teaming up to stop the zombies.
With the plot summary out of the way, what do I think of Resident Evil Infinite Darkness? It’s alright. If you’re a Resident Evil fan, you’ll definitely enjoy seeing Leon and Claire again, and for the non-fans, it’s a decent action-horror story.
I gotta say, though, that the plot is pretty cliche as it’s a simple action plot. Even though it involves geopolitics, corporate espionage, and war, the story is predictable. I’m not saying it’s bad; it makes sense and the pacing is good, but you’ve seen this story before.
The action is great. There’s tons of it in the show and there are really cool moments of Leon and Claire being gun-slinging badasses. The zombie fights are panic-inducing and well-directed, and the final action scene comes straight out of a Resident Evil game. The action scenes are, without a doubt, the best part of Infinite Darkness.
I’m a little conflicted on the CG animation, however. For the most part, it’s good. The lighting and the textures on the environment and characters are really well done. I was surprised by how realistic they looked. However, the animation shines best when the characters aren’t doing much or focuses on one character.
Action scenes can look rubbery like the characters don’t have any bones. I kept expecting Leon to turn his head around like an owl or extend his arm out Dhalsim-style. It’s not as bad as Netflix’s Ghost in the Shell: SAC 2045, but it’s no Beastars or Dorohedoro. Those two Netflix anime shows are prime examples of CG animation done right.
Thrown to the Wayside
Supporting characters are thrown to the wayside to focus on Leon and that can make the show feel empty as if he’s the only character who matters. Claire plays a big role in the plot, but the lion’s share of the screen time is given to Leon and his escapades.
— Rybat (@RybatGrimes) July 8, 2021
Honestly, I feel like this series would be a lot better as a 1.5 hour-long movie. A movie version would be more condensed and focus the plot. The story already focuses on Leon and Claire, so why not just trim the fat? You would think with an episodic series that they would spend more time with other characters and building relationships. They are sort of doing that, but nothing that’s satisfying.
I give Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness a 6 out of 10. It’s not bad, but it’s not good either. Just an okay series to binge-watch over the course of two hours.