Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness’ four episodes have a lot of spycraft and terrorism involved, but one key plan falls totally flat.
WARNING: The following contains major spoilers for Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness, now streaming on Netflix.
America’s politics are at the heart of Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness, with the sinister Defense Secretary, Wilson, trying to orchestrate a war between the U.S. and China. He wants to plant bioweapons (aka super-soldiers who can’t die) in Penamstan on China’s border to intimidate them into violence.
In addition, this will spread the zombie infection, resulting in Wilson profiting as he’ll be the only one with the inhibitor serum. However, one of his own inner circle, Jason, plans to take him down. The problem is, his scheme is flawed, eventually falling totally flat in the end.
Firstly, Jason and Shen May trick Leon into coming along for their Chinese mission, with Wilson sending them there to retrieve intel. He thinks China planted zombies at the White House and hacked sensitive intel about his program. Little does he know it’s all Jason’s doing, as he wants to bring the entire project down. The first piece of evidence lies with Jun-See, Shen May’s brother, and an experiment in the project who had a chip in him keeping check of the biometrics and the virus inside.
But the thing is, Jason and Shen May didn’t need a fake terrorist attack to get there. Jun-See’s with his grandfather, who owns an empire in China, so Shen May had the perfect excuse to pop in and visit family other than her brother. She could have then gotten the chip without spycraft taking place.
The same rule applies to Jason, who does private jobs all over the world and could simply have been there as a contractor. Without the White House drama, Wilson wouldn’t even have had an eye on Jason. He and Shen May could have also wired themselves up when dealing with Wilson rather than this complex, convoluted plan that requires many stars to align.
Even without Jun-See’s chip, Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness had a contingency — Jason is living, breathing evidence as he also takes the inhibitor to stop transforming into a mutated monster. He could have gone to the press and allowed testing on his body or leaked the serum to expose Wilson. This would be smart as he could then exonerate innocent government officials such as President Graham.
Jason’s decision-making is so off as he straddles the line of good and evil. It pops up again when he kills all the people on board Wilson’s submarine as they go to China. He’s turning on Wilson but these passengers are no harm to him, so he could have helped them escape to the mainland. Wilson wanted him to blow it up to frame the Chinese again but he could also have done it after the crew got off.
These nonsensical decisions are compounded in the Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness finale when, in his mutant form, Jason snaps Shen May’s neck. She wanted to use Jun-See’s chip to inform the media about Wilson, so there’s no reason to kill her. That would’ve been the perfect contingency in case Jason tries to attack Washington in his monster form, only for them to cover up his existence like Raccoon City.
Directed by Eiichiro Hasumi, Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness stars Nick Apostolides, Stephanie Panisello, Ray Chase, Jona Xiao, Billy Kametz, Joe J. Thomas, Doug Stone and Brad Venable. The series is now available on Netflix.
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