The 9 best movies in the franchise, according to Rotten Tomatoes
From the most successful survival-horror game franchise, the film adaptations of resident Evil has grown into one of the most lucrative video game-based film franchises. The films follow the character of Alice (Milla Jovovich) and stories created specifically for the films, with base game characters appearing here and there.
Spanning nearly two decades, the resident Evil movies vary in quality, but review site Rotten Tomatoes allows potential viewers to choose the best-received movies to watch. With restart Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City slated for release on November 24, 2021, now is the time to see how the previous films rank in terms of quality.
9 Resident Evil: Apocalypse (2004) – 19%
The second film in the franchise, Resident Evil: Apocalypse follows Alice as she wakes up from a coma and tries to escape the locked down town of Raccoon City with Jill Valentine (Sienna Guillory) and her partner Peyton Wells (Razaaq Adoti).
Paul WS Anderson – writer and director of the original film – returned as a writer for this episode, but was unable to take on the role of director due to his work on Alien vs. predator. With a score of 19% on the Tomatometer, many critics have the same opinion about the film: it’s just boring. The BBC called it “A zombie movie as blind and soulless as its wicked undead”.
8 Resident Evil: Afterlife (2010) – 21%
Anderson returned as the writer-director of the fourth installment of the series, Resident Evil: the afterlife. After Alice, as she once again tries to find refuge in the zombie-overrun world, this entry was filmed in 3D with technology developed by James Cameron and Vince Pace for the 2009 film. Avatar.
Sadly, this movie didn’t get as many good reviews as the sci-fi epic. Standing at 21%, this film received mixed reviews, with some calling it a good, fun B-movie and others commenting that it doesn’t add anything new to the franchise. For some, the film barely marked their minds. As The Last Thing I See said, “As soon as I got out of the theater my consciousness was completely gone.”
7 Resident Evil: Extinction (2007) – 25%
Released September 21, 2007, Resident, bad, extinction was the third installment in the franchise. The introduction of clones and psychic dream powers brought some interesting new elements to the action of the film, but nothing else was done to make it stand out from its predecessors.
The film received mixed reviews, with some commenting on how director Russell Mulcahy brought a new vision to the franchise. As one review put it, “It mixes the zombie and post-apocalyptic genres in a reasonably interesting way and benefits from Mulcahy’s well-honed directing style.” Others weren’t so impressed, Gone with the Twins calling it “Ridiculous, absurd and grossly unnecessary”.
6 Resident Evil: Retribution (2012) – 28%
The fifth installment in the series, Resident Evil: Punishment seen the return of characters like Rain Ocampo (Michelle Rodriguez) from the first film, as well as characters from the resident Evil video games are making their debut. Captured and questioned by the Umbrella Corporation, Alice must fight her way with the help of her surviving companions.
The film was met with mixed reviews, with critics continuing to comment on the tight-fitting outfits and over-the-top action sequences typical of the franchise. Despite all of its flaws, the film is still quite popular for its fight sequences and gore. Fanboys of The Universe said, “Sometimes you just need to turn your brain off and enjoy some good old-fashioned UV. Mmmm … brains …”
5 Resident Evil (2002) – 36%
The original resident Evil The film was released in 2002, with fans of the video game series delighted to see their favorite characters on the big screen. What they got, however, were brand new characters introduced to the world created by the games. Alice – formerly a security officer for Umbrella Corporation – must escape from an underground facility and the monster test subject chasing her.
While it had almost nothing to do with the source material, the franchise’s first movie saw bad reviews from disgruntled game fans, but generally decent reviews from movie fans. shoot-em-up action. Hogan Reviews calls it ‘strongly’ okay ‘it’s a cheesy survival horror story with a clichéé characters who know this is a nerdy survival horror story with clichéé characters. “
4 Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (2016) – 37%
2016 saw the release of Resident Evil: The Final Chapter. Anderson’s goal with the film was to complete the loop of the story, ending it in the same setting as the first film. Retired in the underground facilities beneath Raccoon City, Alice must end the fight with the Red Queen (Ever Anderson) and save humanity one last time.
Despite Anderson’s desire to sort out the issues and complete the storylines, only four characters from the previous films returned for the final film, leaving many wondering what happened to the characters we didn’t get to see. Reviews are quite similar, calling the film boring and hoping the subtitle “The Final Chapter” is correct.
3 Resident Evil: Vendetta (2017) – 43%
Written by Makoto Fukami and directed by Takanori Tsujimoto, Resident Evil: Vendetta is the second entry in animation resident Evil series. With staple characters such as Leon S. Kennedy (Toshiyuki Morikawa / Matthew Mercer) and Chris Redfield (Hiroki Touchi / Kevin Dorman), the film takes place between the events of the Sixth and Seventh Games.
Fans of the game series flocked to see the film, but critical reviews were mixed. For some, the voice acting was flat and the animation couldn’t save the bland story. The South China Morning Post said that “the film’s stilted dialogues, relentless exposure and spirited performances of” the strange valley “prove to be far more disturbing than the virus-infected gouls lurking in the shadows “. For others, however, the film was a fun foray into the gaming world, with Lyles’ Movie Files calling it “an incredibly intense, action-packed thrill ride.”
2 Resident Evil: Degeneration (2008) – 67%
Released in 2008, Resident Evil: Degeneration was the franchise’s first CG animated feature and received decent reviews. Following Claire Redfield (Alyson Court) and Leon S. Kennedy (Paul Mercier) as they attempt to contain the outbreak of the deadly G virus, fans were delighted to see the pair reunited for the first time since Game 2.
A far cry from Anderson’s adaptations, this film received much better reviews than its live-action counterparts. According to Más Gamers, “It tells a story full of tension and blood that ends up being really loyal to the games.” Although some thought it felt more like an extended cutscene than a movie. Regardless, many wonder why it took so long to release an animated movie when the live-action ones were so different in tone to the games.
1 Resident Evil: Damnation (2012) – 100%
The only entry in the series to receive a certified 100% freshness rating, Resident Evil: Damnation is the sequel to the film Resident Evil: Degeneration, and a prequel to Game Six. Released in 2012, the film follows Leon S. Kennedy (Toshiyuki Morikawa / Matthew Mercer) as he tries to prevent the use of deadly bio-organic weapons in a civil war.
Widely regarded as the best resident Evil movie, IGN calls it “the best Resident Evil movie to date.” Most agree, with Lyle’s Movie Files saying, “If you’re a fan of the show, this is finally the ‘Resident Evil’ experience you’ve been waiting for.” Although, if you are unfamiliar with the franchise, this might not be the best place to start as little introduction to the characters is given before you jump into the story.
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