I say “Leon’s Adventure” because while he and Claire share the best billing, Leon, Jason and Shen Mei enjoy most of the screen time, while Claire’s investigation is relegated to a B-plot until the final episode when all their paths converge. for a boss fight with the big bad guy. There are a few twists along the way, but you’ll probably see most of them coming. In fact, the miniseries plays its best card in the second installment, with the last two dealing with the fallout.
Real fears are rare, with Infinite Darkness mostly adjusting the tone of the action movie from later installments in the video game series, but there are a few notable moments of horror. The scariest series involves carnivorous rats in a submarine. The way those undead critters swarm out their prey gave me goosebumps. True to the source material, expect some very gruesome scenes, including grotesque moments of body horror.
Meanwhile, flashbacks to a rescue mission in the war-torn streets of Penamstan are all but ripped from memory. Black Hawk Down, which makes sense, since Ridley Scott’s 2001 war film was a major inspiration for Resident Evil 5 and the Chris Redfield section of Resident Evil 6, the most action-heavy installments in the game series. The detailed CG animation brings some realism to these battle scenes that start out as straight-forward military fiction until the zombies appear. Overall, the CG feels like a step up from Resident Evilanimated films from the past, including those from 2017 Resident Evil: Vendetta.
But looks aren’t enough to carry this particularly self-serious chapter, which more often than not turns into an action shooter. That would normally be normal for the course for a Resident Evil customization – and that’s probably what most fans will look for when they get in line Infinite Darkness — but this miniseries often teases bigger ambitions. Infinite Darkness likes to ask some tough questions, but pulls out the weapons and the zombies just when it’s time to give some answers.
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