Last week, Trace celebrated the 20th anniversary of Resident Evil, the Playstation game that would become the foundation of a franchise that, to this day, sells millions of copies and infects the dreams and nightmares of countless individuals. The series went on to create new storylines and spinoffs that tackled different characters who were in different times and places when it came to the shenanigans of the Umbrella Corporation, such as Code Veronica, Revelations, and more.
Perhaps one of the biggest and most recognizable spinoffs of the game series comes in the form of the film series, which followed Alice (Milla Jovivich) and her quest to bring down Umbrella, which has taken her across the world and seen her face some truly monstrous and diabolical creatures, as well as suffer a lot of personal loss.
However, as we all know, these movies aren’t exactly critically acclaimed and even audiences are giving it pretty horrible ratings. But there are also people who defend the hell out of these movies at a near religious level.
Because this past week was a milestone for the Resident Evil series, I wanted to present you with a difficult question: How would you rank the Resident Evil movies?
As always, my personal rating is below as I’m not going to ask you something like this without giving my opinion on the matter.
Resident Evil: Apocalypse
For me, this is the epitome of what a Resident Evil movie should be. It’s got multiple iconic locations, tons of nods to the games, a cheesiness that was absolutely present in the original games, and it was just plain fun! I saw this in theaters and had a blast and it’s still my “go to” choice from this franchise. Sure, the ending is a bit weird but I’ll take it.
The first film is a very close runner-up to its sequel. While it was contained within “The Hive”, there were still interesting locations utilized and having zombies, dogs, and the licker worked out really well. And while it wasn’t what I was expecting from a Resident Evil game-to-movie adaptation (I really wanted more horror and dread), it was still a really good time!
Resident Evil: Extinction
From here on out, my appreciation of the film franchise goes down chronologically.
I didn’t dislike the third film but I certainly didn’t enjoy it nearly as much as the previous two. It was actually quite a sharp decline that I feel lost the feeling of the games and the spirit they held. The games were about the main characters fighting against all odds to stop the spread of the T-Virus/G-Virus/Las Plagas/whatever from reaching the rest of the world. Even the first three games managed to contain an entire city of infected from reaching the outside world (within reason).
This movie threw it all out the window and went from 0 to 100 REAL fucking quick. Instead of creating a movie that showed how the virus managed to spread across the globe (seeing our heroes go through such a traumatic and devastating loss would’ve been a great story arc), we get an opening explanation and then dive right into the wasteland that was once humanity. What a wasted opportunity and what a silly path for the films to go down.
Resident Evil: Afterlife
What even were these people thinking when they made this movie? Its devoid of fun and it wastes characters left and right. Plus, the inclusion of certain enemies (I’m looking at you, Executioner Majini) made NO SENSE whatsoever! That enemy was in Resident Evil 5, which takes place in Africa. How the FUCK did it get to Los Angeles?
Plus, the near astronomical usage of CGI made this feel like they were trying to take the movie and turn it into a video game. We’ve already got both good and bad RE titles to play. Focus on making a movie, would ya?
This movie was a damn mess when it came out and time hasn’t done it any favors.
Resident Evil: Retribution
God damn… I remember seeing Afterlife and thinking, “They really can’t get any worse than this.” Boy, was I wrong.
Retribution suffers not only from being boring but also from being stupid as well. It’s a garbled mess that doesn’t make sense and ultimately feels like it’s pointless.
I dislike it so much that I don’t even want to talk about it anymore.