Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness, the Netflix miniseries that surpasses the films of Milla Jovovich

For: Fernando Chuquillanqui

Journalist, movie buff, collector, gamer.

Throughout its long history, the saga Resident Evil he has known of triumphs and failures, both in his video game installments and in his (already several) forays into other formats, such as film, television, literature and even theater.

Although recently we have seen a kind of resurgence of the saga in the video game industry, with notable deliveries such as Resident Evil 7: Biohazard and the most recent Resident Evil Village; We cannot deny that in recent years in the cinema things have not gone quite well, with the questionable animated film Vendetta, without counting the nonsense starring Milla Jovovich.

Despite this, Netflix has assumed the responsibility of making a new adaptation of Resident Evil, this time as a miniseries. Infinite Darkness (The Infinite Darkness, in these parts) not only brings together the beloved Leon S. Kennedy and Claire Redfield in the lead, but the production is presented as part of the official lore of the saga. A priori, there are elements to have high expectations.

However, after seeing the only four chapters (until the closing of this post, it is not known if there will be a continuation), I must say that I have not been satisfied. To begin with, I don’t know why the production has been divided into four chapters, when they were able to put them all together and publish a new animated film. I couldn’t say that I ‘marathoned’ the series, since I finished it in less than an hour and a half.

The main story of Infinite Darkness it is located chronologically after the events of the video game Resident Evil 4Although the series also narrates the events that occurred years before, in the fictional Penamstan: a country on the border with China that is used as a testing ground for biological weapons.

The premise is interesting, with a start that is inspired (perhaps too much) by The Fall of the Black Hawk. There is a lot of action and we have a good share of zombies. Unfortunately, this was only the beginning, as the miniseries later became a political conspiracy drama, far removed from the spirit of the Resident Evil.

Thanks to the magic of the script, Leon and Claire are involved in this plot, born within the White House itself: one of the high officials seeks to use biological weapons for his benefit and his greatest interest is to unleash a warlike conflict between United States and China.

The biggest problem with the miniseries is that it focuses too much on developing this theme. The zombies barely appear in the four chapters, while our protagonists became mere detectives behind the antagonist. The signature moments of action and tension are counted on the fingers, while there are no segments of fear or even suspense.

The new characters introduced -except for one, perhaps- do not have an adequate development (due to the short duration of the miniseries), to the point that you never empathize with any of them. Although there are certain nods to the videogame saga, such as the constant mention of what happened in Raccoon City and the occasional far-fetched cameo; There is no participation of another character in video games, except for the aforementioned protagonists.

The most remarkable of Infinite Darkness is its audiovisual section. The character and scenery design is photorealistic, while the sound section has a very good level. The work of the voice actors is also very well accomplished, both in English and Latin Spanish. However, my recommendation is to watch the series in its original language.

Summing up, I’m sorry to say that Infinite Darkness it adds nothing to the saga, it doesn’t even fill in loose ends in the main lore. But – I must admit – I didn’t have a bad time during the almost hour and a half that the miniseries lasted. It is not a nonsense, as were the films of Milla Jovovich; But don’t approach Netflix production with high expectations, either.