The latest Resident Evil animated film, Resident Evil: Death Island, takes place in Alcatraz. The initial footage was released as a short 30-second teaser, but we’ve since received a full-length trailer that provides much more interesting material. Among them is the confirmed cast consisting of Leon Kennedy, Jill Valentine, Chris Redfield, Claire Redfield, and Rebecca Chambers.
The trailer not only debuted how Jill and Leon finally cross paths and combine on-screen, but also revealed details of the new villain and his past and the virus he created. It gives us a glimpse at intense action sequences and traditional camps to come, along with other tidbits worth expanding on.
10 Reference to Resident Evil 5
The trailer opens with Rebecca Chambers and Chris Redfield talking about Jill still blaming herself for what she has become while she takes down some targets at a shooting range. Chris tells Rebecca if he is referring to the fact that Albert Wesker brainwashed Jill into turning him against him. And that’s the problem.
Resident Evil 5’s biggest reveal is that Jill Valentine is actually still alive and working as a hooded figure allied with Wesker. She had a device on her chest that allowed Albert Wesker to control her, forcing her to attack Chris and Sheva. The Island of the Dead is set after Resident Evil 6, but Jill seems still haunted by it.
9 First look at Dr. Taylor
A teaser for February 2023 revealed that Leon is on a new emergency mission to rescue a scientist named Dr. Antonio Taylor. Here you can see cell phone footage of Dr. Taylor being kidnapped and loaded into a van en route to Alcatraz Island. It is also now clear that he had a hand in creating a new virus.
Dr. Taylor remains an enigmatic figure, but the main antagonist appears to have used Taylor’s expertise in creating a virus that spread across Alcatraz. Taylor is kidnapped as she may have turned against him or helped against his will. A unique point of view POV where someone is staring at you can get an interesting shot of him sitting at a table.
8 New Leon Set Piece Chase
One thing is well established in all previous CG animation projects in the Resident Evil universe. It’s just that you can’t get enough of action set pieces featuring Leon Kennedy as a total daredevil embracing his inner John Wick. Remember Leon’s stunt in Vendetta when he chases the dog on his bike?
Well, it looks like they’ve taken notes from the Fast and Furious movies and are going bolder and higher octane for this sequel. Leon is now dodging cars flying at him as he zooms in on his bike in the tunnel and Chris operates a military Humvee with machine gun fire from behind.
7 New main antagonist related to Raccoon City
A new big evil is finally introduced here and Jill seems to have some history with this bioterrorist. When she confronts him, she clearly says his name, Dylan, as if she already knows him. It’s still unclear how they got to know each other, but what’s certain is that Dylan has something to do with the Raccoon City disaster.
The 1998 Raccoon City incident, which was central to the plot of Resident Evil 2 and 3, is quickly flashbacked and a team of Umbrella Security Service (USS) officers are seen entering the town. Dylan appears to be one of the surviving officers before the destruction of the city.
6 Secondary antagonist returning
When she returns and works with Dylan on more kidnappings, his plan to spread the virus in Alcatraz is none other than Maria Gomez. This is her second film appearance after her debut in 2017’s Vendetta, in which she wreaks havoc on New York with her father as the A-Virus for her friend Glenn Arias.
At the end of Vendetta, Glenn and her mutant father Diego are killed, and now she undoubtedly has her own vendetta against Chris, Leon, and Rebecca. In one segment of the trailer, you can see a brief scene where he throws a computer chair at Leon. Leon narrowly avoids it. And now it’s definitely confirmed that she and Dylan met on the stairs in her teaser.
5 Jill dives into John Wick in earnest
It looks like Leon will finally get some competition in Resident Evil: Death Island’s over-the-top combat department. Jill Valentine’s action sequences got a fair amount of footage from trailers and were epic.
A few seconds into the intro, Jill is startled to see a zombie in a dimly lit room and both fall from the second floor onto a table. Jill then stands on top of the zombies and she blasts them with bullets until her table is smashed. In another section, Jill jumps through a hole in her with her knife at the ready and uses a wall to spin and stab a zombie in the back of her head.
4 T-Virus Mutant Sharks and New Lickers
The theme of Isle of the Dead centers around zombified aquatic creatures, and the new trailer gives us a preview of some of the most surprising. The licker enemies are even more nightmarish as they have undergone another mutation and have the gills to survive underwater in a dive.
There was a hint of an infected shark in the teaser, but this teaser featured full screen. A smaller shark is seen swimming inside the prison, while a giant shark swallows someone whole in the open waters surrounding the island. And that’s also likely what caused the discovery by Orca Claire, who was bitten on the beach.
three Leon and Jill meet in a sword fight.
Leon Kennedy and Jill Valentine finally appear together on screen for the first time. This moment right here has been a long time coming for any Resident Evil fan, and I think it’s already been beautifully handled. Leon wasn’t with Chris, Rebecca, Jill, and Claire at first, so you can expect him to show up later.
And the first member he finds on Alcatraz seems to be Jill Valentine, both startle each other and immediately engage in a sword fight, only to be interrupted by a new Licker strain that ambushes them. Talk about an introduction! Even the sword fights can’t help but feel like Krauser and Ada Wong’s Resident Evil 4 callbacks.
2 New aquatic airborne T-virus
When Chris, Jill, and Claire first encounter zombies in Alcatraz’s prison, Chris says they’re unlike anything they’ve dealt with before. You hear him say: “They turn fast and don’t bite.” And later in the trailer, we can see exactly how this virus spreads through ventilation.
This is released into the air as purple particles, probably via secretions from the backs of every unleashed licker or other creature in the water. It appears to be another form of an aquatic mutated T-virus strain, the former being the T-Abyss found in marine trenches in Revelations.
One Main Cast Team Avengers Style
This scene is probably the best in the entire trailer. It’s not only because Leon and Jill are on the island together to take on Dylan, but also because Rebecca and Chris Redfield brothers from Resident Evil Zero and Rebecca Chambers are all together with their guns drawn. It’s already generating a lot of excitement and comparisons to the Avengers.
Seeing all these iconic characters in one space, minus Ada Wong, is pretty awesome. And the familiar voice of Ingrid Hunnigan communicates over the phone about Leon and Dr. Taylor, then alerts Rebecca that someone stole files about Chris, Jill, Claire, and Leon from the Pentagon, allowing us to weave a few plot threads. .
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