Netflix’s Resident Evil Infinite Darkness Season 1 Review: Not For Hardcore Franchise Fans

Resident Evil Infinite Darkness premiered on 8th July 2021 on Netflix. The Japanese horror-action CGI original net animation series is based on the Resident Evil video game by Capcom, produced by TMS Entertainment and animated by Quebico.

Shady and Dissatisfy

Resident Evil Infinite Darkness is set somewhere between Resident Evil 4 and Resident Evil 5 and the storyline is as common and predictable as it gets. Bio-weapon, zombies, and shady government coverup are the main focus of the 4-episode long miniseries. The series has nothing new to offer therefore, it’s safe to say that the series is mediocre and lacks substance. Warmongers in charge of American foreign policy, lab-grown biological warfare, epidemic breakouts inside the White House, conflicts between the US and China, the series seems to have picked up everything from the recent reel and real life.

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In Resident Evil Infinite Darkness, we get to see Leon S. Kennedy as a full-fledged U.S government employee now, and on the other hand, Claire works in an NGO in the fictional nation of Penamstan. Both Leon and Claire have been a part of the franchise for long enough for any fan to recognize them but they don’t have much screen-time here. Instead, we are introduced to new members of the franchise- Former U.S. special forces operatives Jason and Shen Mei lead the story here. They both have their reasons and motives but it seems that their run and significance in the franchise won’t last long.

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Resident Evil Infinite Darkness does not offer excellent fight sequences either. One of the most horrific series of the mini-series was when flesh-eating rats were filled in the submarine. Other than that, there are scenes where you’ll see half-eaten bodies and other gruesome things but none of them is strong enough to make you flinch or give you jump-scares. Additionally, the show falls back on flashbacks most of the time to build a narrative and show character viewpoints, which does not work in the favour of the series all the time.

In terms of animation, Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness is a CG anime that adds to the aspect of realism in the series, the characters feel almost real and not animated for the most part. But in some parts, the lipsync and mouth movements are out of place but they are no deal-breakers here! The problem with Resident Evil Infinite Darkness is that it is predictable and does not match what the franchise has established earlier. Despite its shortcomings, a season 2 of the series can be expected because of the cliffhanger it ends on. Watch out, fans.

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Stream It or Skip It

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SKIP IT! Watch Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness if you’re a die-hard fan of the franchise and need to keep yourself updated about it all. Other than that, the series is pretty uneven and dissatisfying!

Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness is streaming now on Netflix.

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Only watch Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness if you're a die-hard fan of the franchise, otherwise it's pretty uneven.

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