Jokes featuring the punchline “…said NOBODY, EVER!” are boring now, but so is the thought of a Resident Evil game with no plot, no characters, no puzzles, no unusual virus monsters and zombies as a side annoyance rather than a primary foe. Yet that is what Umbrella Corps appears to be from the new trailer – a competitive shooter in which you play as masked Umbrella Corporation mercenaries facing off against other masked Umbrella Corporation mercenaries in closed-off arenas.
The equivalent in the movies would be if they decided to make a spin-off film featuring just Mike Epps’ character from the first couple of sequels, and all he does in it is tell unfunny Mike Epps-style jokes. I’d start looking for an Umbrella merc to competitively shoot me if I had to sit through that.
I dig the brainer blade, though. I’ll give it that.
Luke Y. Thompson has been writing professionally about movies and pop-culture since 1999, and has also been an actor in some extremely cheap culty and horror movies you will probably never hear much about (he is nonetheless mostly proud of them, as he met his wife on one). As editor of The Robot's Voice since 2012, he can take the blame for the majority of the site's content, all of which he creates because he loves you very, very much. (Although he loves nachos more. Sorry.)
Prior to TRV, Luke wrote for publications that include the New Times LA, Los Angeles CityBeat, E! Online, OC Weekly, Geekweek, GeekChicDaily, The L.A. Times, The Village Voice, LA Weekly, and Nerdist