Although we are all in love Resident Evil Village, with its vampires, werewolves and various horrors, Resident Evil is not just a series of horror games – it’s also a series of ridiculous action movies. These movie theater treasures are often misunderstood, thanks to their camp performance and how far they get lost in the games they have borrowed from the name and some of the characters.
But if you just want fun zombie action movies, you won’t find many zombie movies that are so bombarding and straight up entertaining. For a while, I had only seen a couple of these films that stopped after the fourth, mostly out of complete ignorance that Resident Evil: Retribution and Resident Evil: The Final Chapter even existed. But over the weekend, as I eagerly awaited the new game to complement my thirst for Resident Evil’s unique camp-horror brand, I found a Blu Ray collection of all six movies, and sat down and watched them all.
I looked at them all in one day.
Watching these movies is probably the most cohesive thing I’ve done in a while, but I can now come up with a final and completely objective (read: not objective) at all) ranking of all six films. I was tempted to just list them all number one, mainly because I love them all in their own special ways.
There are probably a lot of spoilers up front if you really care about the story of these movies. I can’t control myself, I’m sorry.
6. Resident Evil: Revenge
Resident Evil: Retribution is the fifth film in the series, and it feels as if they were a kind of running out of ideas. Alice has to go to an umbrella facility in Siberia, where she has to fight her way through virtual biomasses, where a bad company tested her bio-weapons alongside Ada Wong. Meanwhile, there’s a backup group that includes fans ’favorite character, Leon S. Kennedy – though he just is marginally looks like that character.
Of all the Resident Evil movies, Retribution feels most like a video game and not even Resident Evil game. It just feels like these characters are fighting through game levels, and some ridiculous boss battles are thrown away.
And because they’re all like virtual biomes or whatever, there are clones of old fans ’favorite characters running around. It’s an absolutely weird movie, and probably the worst, but it’s still a blast if you don’t want something that makes sense.
5. Resident Evil: The last chapter
At the end of this franchise program, the story is just so intact that there was no way to tie everything in a way that wouldn’t be extremely hard and fun to watch. Iain Glen is back, and we first meet him as a preacher driving an army of zombies around a giant tank leading. Don’t worry, there are several versions of Iain Glen, as this is a late era Resident Evil movie and the clones are everywhere.
Anyway, some shenanigans follow, and Alice finds herself along with Claire Redfield – another returning character – and a bunch of survivors fighting the army. It has also emerged that this group of survivors is literally the last person left alive, and our heroes must dive into Hive’s first film in order for humanity to become extinct. And there they get to fight bioweapons, clones and more.
If it sounds incomprehensible, it’s because it is such, but that’s the charm of these movies.
4. Resident Evil: extinction
Death is basically George Romero’s day of the dead, but not quite as good. Zombies have now taken over the whole world, and a number of survivors are surviving in a bus. There are even umbrella scientists spraying zombies with serum to try to make them obedient, just like the 1985 zombie classic – though their motives are a little relentless.
But extinction Is much like the day of the dead, of course it has its own little tricks. Alice now has psychic powers, and an umbrella follows her via satellite. The film even ends when Alice kills a big evil scientist who turns into a giant monster and she finds a bunch of clones of herself. Too bad it’s reconnected immediately!
3. Resident Evil: Afterlife
Resident Evil: Afterlife is everywhere. It starts with an army of Alice clones attacking an umbrella plant where they all die. And then Albert Wesker, presented as a hologram to extinction, injected Alice with a serum that takes all of her superpowers. Then the time for the film jumps, and Alice flies an airplane along the west coast of the United States in search of friends who survived the last film. Then we go to Alaska, find one friend and then go back to California and land on top of the prison.
But prison is probably the most exciting thing these movies have been since the first two movies because there are zombies that can dig tunnels under it and can’t escape prison. Eventually, they get out, but this part of the film is genuinely a little annoying.
However, this tone disappears completely at the end of the film. Even though they started the film trying to get rid of superpowers and clones, they couldn’t resist resisting things in the end – but honestly, I wouldn’t have it anyway.
2. Resident Evil
Most people have their first Resident Evil favorite, and it’s not hard to see why. The film is at a very good pace as a team of umbrella soldiers dive deep into the nest to see why murderous artificial intelligence killed everyone.
It’s perhaps the most down-to-earth movie in the series, and it also has a great soundtrack. This film set the stage for the entire series, and is probably the best video game film ever made to date. can be Sonic the Hedgehog.
1. Resident Evil: the end of the world
Resident Evil: Apocalypse is not only the best Resident Evil movie, but it’s also the best zombie movie of all time. There’s a good time when Alice isn’t even involved, and we get to see Jill Valentine take the spotlight for a while until Alice acts a bit as Deus Ex Machina.
It also features some of the best scenes and a single line in the entire series, and has the most survivors at the end of the film. It’s so great that it’s not just that Alice takes revenge on the umbrella, like most of these movies, and the whole Actors get their time to shine and evolve all the time.
And the final throw of Alice and Nemesis is one of the finest battles in the entire series while still being one of the most emotionally impressive moments. The stakes seem to be higher than in any other film, even if it was only on a raccoon city scale and not across the globe. If you’re going to watch any Resident Evil movie, check out Apocalypse.