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Resident Evil
Resident Evil (Movie logo).png
Official film series logo
Directed byPaul W. S. Anderson (1, 4–6)
Alexander Witt (2)
Russell Mulcahy (3)
Johannes Roberts (7)
Written by
Based onResident Evil
by Capcom
Starring
Music by
Distributed bySony Pictures Releasing
Release dates
  • 2002–2016 (original series)
  • 2021 (reboot)
LanguageEnglish
Budget$313 million
Box office$1.280 billion

Resident Evil is an action horror film series based on the Japanese video game franchise by Capcom.

The German studio Constantin Film bought the rights to adapt the series in January 1998. In 2001, Screen Gems acquired distribution rights and hired Paul W. S. Anderson as writer and director for Resident Evil (2002). Anderson continued as writer and producer for Resident Evil: Apocalypse (2004) and Resident Evil: Extinction (2007), and returned as the director for Resident Evil: Afterlife (2010), Resident Evil: Retribution (2012) and Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (2016). These first six films follow Alice (Milla Jovovich), a character created for the films. Alice is a former security specialist and covert operative who battles the Umbrella Corporation, whose bioweapons have triggered a zombie apocalypse. Characters from the games appear, including Claire Redfield, Jill Valentine, Ada Wong, Carlos Olivera, Chris Redfield, Leon S. Kennedy, Barry Burton and the antagonists Albert Wesker and James Marcus. In 2021, a reboot film, Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City, was released.

Though the films have received generally negative reviews from critics, the Resident Evil series has grossed over $1.2 billion. It was once the highest-grossing film series based on a video game, the highest-grossing zombie film series, and the highest-grossing horror film series, although it has since been surpassed in all of these categories.[1][2][3][4] The series retains the record for the most live-action film adaptations of a video game.[3]

Films[edit]

Film U.S. release date Director(s) Screenwriter(s) Producer(s)
Original series
Resident Evil March 15, 2002 (2002-03-15) Paul W. S. Anderson Paul W. S. Anderson, Bernd Eichinger, Samuel Hadida & Jeremy Bolt
Resident Evil: Apocalypse September 10, 2004 (2004-09-10) Alexander Witt Paul W. S. Anderson Paul W. S. Anderson, Jeremy Bolt & Don Carmody
Resident Evil: Extinction September 21, 2007 (2007-09-21) Russell Mulcahy Paul W. S. Anderson, Bernd Eichinger, Samuel Hadida, Robert Kulzer & Jeremy Bolt
Resident Evil: Afterlife September 10, 2010 (2010-09-10) Paul W. S. Anderson Paul W. S. Anderson, Jeremy Bolt, Robert Kulzer, Don Carmody & Samuel Hadida
Resident Evil: Retribution September 14, 2012 (2012-09-14) Paul W. S. Anderson, Jeremy Bolt, Robert Kulzer, Don Carmody & Samuel Hadida
Resident Evil: The Final Chapter December 23, 2016 (2016-12-23) Paul W. S. Anderson, Jeremy Bolt, Robert Kulzer & Samuel Hadida
Reboot series
Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City November 24, 2021 (2021-11-24) Johannes Roberts James Harris, Hartley Gorenstein & Robert Kulzer

Original series[edit]

Resident Evil (2002)[edit]

Milla Jovovich portrayed Alice in the original six films.
Countries in which the original Resident Evil film series was filmed

In January 1998, Constantin Film acquired the film rights to the Resident Evil franchise with Alan B. McElroy possibly writing the script.[5] George A. Romero was hired by Sony Pictures and Capcom to direct and write Resident Evil. His script was later rejected and he was ultimately dropped.[6][7] While Romero's script was supported by a number of people from Capcom and Constantin, it was rejected by Constantin producer Bernd Eichinger,[8] as well as Capcom producer Yoshiki Okamoto, who said that Romero was fired as his script was poor.[citation needed] Paul W. S. Anderson was hired by Sony Pictures to write a screenplay; in late 2000, Anderson was announced as director and writer.[9] Anderson stated the film would not include any tie-ins with the video game series as "under-performing movie tie-ins are too common and Resident Evil, of all games, deserved a good celluloid representation".[10] In 2001, Milla Jovovich was cast as Alice, the protagonist of the film.[11] By May 2001, Columbia TriStar was in final negotiations to acquire North American distribution rights to the film and budgeted it at $40 million.[12]

In the film, the Umbrella Corporation operates a top-secret genetic research facility named the Hive. Located deep beneath Raccoon City, the Hive has been sealed by The Red Queen (the AI that controls the Hive) due to the release of the T-virus into the facility. The Red Queen kills every living thing in the facility to ensure that the T-virus doesn't reach the surface, but the T-virus reanimates them, transforming the humans into ravenous zombies and the animals into highly aggressive mutants. Alice (Milla Jovovich) was once a security operative working for the corporation until her memory was wiped by the Red Queen's nerve gas. As the team attempts to escape the Hive, an Umbrella test subject, a huge monster called the Licker, escapes and pursues the team onto a train, which they use to leave the Hive. During this pursuit, two members of the group are killed, leaving only Alice and Matt; however, Matt obtains a deeply scratched arm from the licker in the start of the attack. When Alice and Matt reach the surface, Matt and Alice are separated and taken by an Umbrella hazmat unit, where Matt begins to genetically transform. Alice awakens from a coma to a ravaged Raccoon City after a T-virus outbreak.

Resident Evil: Apocalypse (2004)[edit]

The sequel to the first film began production in 2003 after the success of the first film.[13] Anderson returned as the writer but, due to his work on Alien vs. Predator, he did not direct the film. Alexander Witt took over the director's role. The film released on September 10, 2004.

In the film, the viral outbreak reaches the surface and in an effort to contain the infection, Major Timothy Cain seals all exits to and from Raccoon City. Among the people trapped in the city are Jill Valentine and her partner Peyton Wells. After Alice awakens from her coma, she rescues Jill and Peyton from a group of Licker monsters who escaped the Hive. They are then contacted by Dr. Charles Ashford, who claims to know of an evacuation point in the city in exchange for the rescue of his daughter Angela Ashford, who is trapped in Raccoon City. The group knows that Umbrella plans to incinerate Raccoon City to get rid of the T-virus. On their way to rescue Angela, Nemesis attacks the team after it is commanded by Cain to kill all S.T.A.R.S. (Special Tactics And Rescue Service) members. After Angela's rescue, they then make their way to the evacuation helicopter with Carlos Olivera, who, along with his team, had rappelled from a helo to protect a civilian and was subsequently abandoned by Umbrella.

After Alice's confrontation with Cain and Nemesis, which leaves the latter two dead, the team flies away from Raccoon City as it is being "sanitized" by a nuclear missile. The helicopter crashes in the Arklay Mountains. A wounded Alice is the only person found by an Umbrella search team. She is taken to the Detroit Umbrella research station. When Alice awakens, she escapes the facility and displays extraordinary powers. She is then driven away by Jill and Carlos, who are disguised as Umbrella employees. As they drive away, the Umbrella logo flashes in Alice's eyes and Isaacs states "Program ALICE Activated".

Resident Evil: Extinction (2007)[edit]

In November 2005, Screen Gems gained the rights for the third installment in the franchise, which was then subtitled Extinction.[14] Anderson returned as a writer and filming took place in Mexico. Russell Mulcahy was the director. The film was released on September 21, 2007.[15]

In the film, the world has been consumed by the T-virus and Umbrella Corporation develops clones of Alice in the hope of finding one who displays Alice's powers. Elsewhere, Claire Redfield leads a convoy of survivors across the Nevada desert, including Raccoon City survivors Carlos Olivera and L.J. Wayne. Alice roams the country alone, staying off the grid. After accidentally destroying her motorcycle with her powers in a dream, she decides she must join Redfield's convoy which had set up base nearby. When Alice arrives at their position she rescues them from a mob of attacking crows using her special telekinetic powers. The convoy, along with Alice, heads to Las Vegas to gather supplies so that they can reach Alaska in an effort to get to a place called Arcadia, which is thought to be a safe haven. While in Las Vegas, they are ambushed by a group of Umbrella Corporation's new super zombies created by Dr. Alexander Isaacs, which kills most of the convoy. During the ambush, L.J., who had been bitten before and was hiding the progress of the infection from the rest of the group, now completely transforms and bites Olivera. Dr. Isaacs himself is bitten and he retreats to the Umbrella base where, in an effort to cure himself, he injects himself with large doses of the anti-virus, which causes him to transform into a Tyrant, a towering creature with regenerative ability and psionic (psychic) powers similar to Alice's.

Alice, Claire and Carlos then locate a helicopter in Umbrella base and plan to use it for extraction of the survivors to Alaska. Olivera makes his last stand by sacrificing himself and plowing his truck into a horde of zombies, giving the rest some time to load the survivors into the helicopter. Claire and the remaining survivors head towards Alaska, while Alice stays behind to confront Isaacs. While searching the facility for Isaacs, she discovers that she was cloned. After Alice defeats Isaacs, she contacts Umbrella and warns them that she is coming for them and that she will be bringing "friends" with her to fight them.

Resident Evil: Afterlife (2010)[edit]

Before the third installment had been released, Constantin prepared to release a fourth entry.[16] The film was set in Japan and filmed in 3D with the Fusion Camera System developed by James Cameron and Vince Pace for the 2009 film Avatar.[17] The film was written and directed by Paul W. S. Anderson and released on September 10, 2010.

Set after the events of Extinction, Alice and her clones attack the Umbrella Headquarters in Tokyo. Wesker escapes and destroys the facility, killing the clones. Wesker is confronted by Alice aboard his helicopter. He injects Alice with a serum that removes her super-human abilities. The helicopter crashes, and only Alice is seen emerging from the rubble. After six months of a failed aerial search for other survivors, Alice heads toward the supposed location of Arcadia. She lands on an airfield in Alaska, where she finds Claire in a different state. Claire has an Umbrella controlling device attached to her chest and her memory has been wiped. Claire and Alice fly to Los Angeles, where they stumble on a prison wherein they meet Luther West and Chris Redfield, Claire's brother. The survivors explain that Arcadia is really a tanker off the coast that has been broadcasting a looped message and is picking up survivors. During an attempted escape, Alice, Claire and Chris are the only ones to emerge and they reach the tanker only to find it abandoned. Claire's memory begins to return when she remembers Umbrella workers attacking her group of survivors and moving them to the tanker. They learn that the ship is an Umbrella research facility, which is conducting experiments on the survivors. The three then meet Wesker, who has been granted super-human abilities due to the T-virus. After the fight, Alice transmits a message to survivors calling them to the tanker and hopes to create a new and true safe haven. As the film closes, a fleet of Umbrella Corporation gunships led by Valentine prepares to lead an assault on the survivors.

Resident Evil: Retribution (2012)[edit]

Written and directed by Anderson, Retribution was planned to be filmed back to back with the sixth installment, but Anderson decided to focus on the fifth film.[18] Filming took place in Toronto, Ontario from mid-October to December 23, 2011.[19] Colin Salmon who played One and Michelle Rodriguez who played Rain Ocampo in the first film returned.[20][21] Oded Fehr, who portrayed Carlos Olivera in the second and third film, also returned. Three characters from the video games made their debut in the film series, Johann Urb as Leon S. Kennedy, Kevin Durand as Barry Burton, and Li Bingbing as Ada Wong.[22][23] It was released internationally on September 14, 2012.[19]

In the film, Alice awakens in an Umbrella base where she is interrogated by Valentine. During a power failure orchestrated by Ada Wong, Alice escapes from her cell and encounters her. Wong explains that Wesker plans to aid Alice's escape and battle the base's supercomputer Red Queen, in order to save what's left of mankind. Wesker has organized a team of freelance operatives to infiltrate the base and help Alice and Ada escape, including Leon S. Kennedy, Barry Burton and Luther West. Along the way, Alice finds a clone of a girl named Becky. They also face clone versions of Carlos Olivera, One and Rain Ocampo, who are all under the direction of Valentine. After Alice meets up with the rescue team, Valentine's soldiers catch up to them, resulting in a shootout that kills Burton, Olivera and One. Alice, West, Kennedy and Becky reach the surface and are met by a submarine, from which Valentine, the clone Rain, and a captured Ada emerge. With new orders from the Red Queen to kill Alice, Valentine battles Alice while Rain fights Kennedy and West. Alice manages to remove the scarab device from Valentine, returning her back to normal. Alice joins Kennedy in defeating Rain. Alice, Ada, Becky, Leon and Valentine travel to Wesker's base. Wesker injects Alice with the T-virus, returning her former superhuman powers in order to enact his plan, then tells her that she is responsible for saving the remaining humans from extinction.[24]

Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (2016)[edit]

Anderson wrote and directed the sixth and final film in the series, subtitled The Final Chapter, which was filmed in 2D and was post-converted to stereoscopic 3D.[25][26][27] Milla Jovovich reprised her role as Alice, with only Shawn Roberts, Iain Glen and Ali Larter returning from previous entries as Albert Wesker, Dr. Isaacs and Claire Redfield, respectively. Continuing from the last film, Anderson expressed his desire for the final film to "come full circle", bringing back characters, themes and the environment of the Hive from the first movie.[25] Filming was set to begin in South Africa in August 2014 but was delayed to the summer of 2015 due to Jovovich's pregnancy. Principal photography commenced on September 18, 2015, in South Africa.[27] The film was released on December 23, 2016, in Tokyo and on January 27, 2017, in North America.[28][29][30]

Picking up three weeks after the events in Resident Evil: Retribution, humanity is on its last legs after Alice is betrayed by Wesker in Washington D.C. Alice encounters the Red Queen, who tells her that she must return to where the nightmare began – Raccoon City, where the Umbrella Corporation has developed an airborne anti-virus which will kill every organism infected by the T-virus. In a race against time, Alice is captured by Dr. Isaacs, long thought to be dead, who reveals that the previous incarnation was a clone. Alice escapes and arrives first in Raccoon City, where she joins forces with Claire Redfield. After holding off Dr. Isaacs' undead army, Alice, Claire and a team of survivors make their way towards the Hive. They again encounter the Red Queen, who tells them the origins of the T-virus: it was created by James Marcus, the founder of the Umbrella Corporation to save his daughter, Alicia, from an ailment that caused her to age rapidly. James was betrayed by his business partner, Dr. Isaacs, and killed by Albert Wesker. Dr. Isaacs and the board of the Umbrella Corporation then intended to release the T-virus on purpose in order to cleanse the world, save the rich and powerful with cryogenics in the Hive, and later rebuild it as they desire.

After confronting Wesker and the real Dr. Isaacs at the bottom of the Hive, Alice also learns her own true nature: she is a clone of the still-living Alicia Marcus, who was unable to live a normal life due to her condition. Dr. Isaacs' clone brought the army of undead towards Alice and the real Dr. Isaacs. Dr. Isaacs' clone could not believe that he was a clone and stabbed the real Dr. Isaacs to death. Alice then releases the anti-virus, eliminating all infected by the T-virus. Alice survives, and gains the memories of Alicia Marcus as a reward in order to reclaim the childhood she never had. The series ends with Alice riding a motorcycle to New York City and places unknown while being chased by huge flying BOW's (bio organic weapons), stating that her job isn't finished yet and that it will take several years for the anti-virus to circle the globe.

Reboot[edit]

In May 2017, Constantin chairman Martin Moszkowicz stated that a reboot of the series was in development.[31] In the same month, it was announced that James Wan would produce the reboot with a script by Greg Russo, with both later leaving the project.[32][33] In December 2018, Johannes Roberts was hired as writer and director.[34] Roberts stated that his film will be separate from the previous films in the series with the story being based on Resident Evil and Resident Evil 2.[35] By October 2020, the principal cast was reported with Kaya Scodelario cast as Claire Redfield, Hannah John-Kamen as Jill Valentine, Robbie Amell as Chris Redfield, Neal McDonough as William Birkin, Tom Hopper as Albert Wesker, and Avan Jogia as Leon S. Kennedy.[36] Other cast members, Donal Logue, Chad Rook, Lily Gao, and Marina Mazepa were cast as Chief Brian Irons, Richard Aiken, and Ada Wong, and Lisa Trevor respectively. Filming began on October 17, 2020, in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada, with reshoots in May 2021.[37][38] The film was released on November 24, 2021, by Sony Pictures Releasing in the United States.[39]

The film adapts the story from the first and second games, centering on the Raccoon City Police Department and the Spencer Mansion. In the film, Claire Redfield uncovers secrets about the Umbrella Corporation's experiments and accidents and travels back to her hometown of Raccoon City to warn her brother Chris Redfield. Meanwhile, a zombie outbreak begins to occur after residents are poisoned in the water supply. Chris, along with fellow STARS members Jill Valentine and Albert Wesker, travel to the Spencer Mansion to recover bravo team and find out what is happening in the town. Claire travels with rookie police officer Leon S. Kennedy to the Raccoon City Orphanage to flee the city before it is destroyed, where they encounter a Licker and Claire's old friend Lisa Trevor. Wesker betrays Jill and attempts to steal the virus produced by Dr. William Birkin, a scientist working for the Umbrella Corporation. On the verge of death, Birkin injects himself with the G-Virus, saving his life and mutating him into the Tyrant. The survivors flee on an underground train with Birkin's daughter Sherry and destroy the tyrant with a rocket launcher. In a mid-credits scene, Albert Wesker is saved from death by Ada Wong and is given his trademark sunglasses.

Cancelled projects[edit]

Underworld crossover[edit]

In 2016, producer David Kern revealed that a crossover film with the Underworld film series had been considered.[40]

Spin-off TV series[edit]

In January 2019, it was announced that Netflix was in development of a series based upon the Resident Evil franchise.[41] At the time, Deadline Hollywood reported that the series was set in the universe of the Paul W. S. Anderson's film series. However, when the series was ordered by Netflix in 2020, Andrew Dabb was hired and confirmed that the series will not be linked to the film series.[42]

Cast and crew[edit]

Principal cast[edit]

List indicator(s)
  • This table shows the major characters that were featured in the films, sorted according to the actors' billing order, those adapted from the video games.
  • A dark grey cell indicates that the character was not in the film.
  • A G indicates the character was adapted from the video games.
  • An O indicates an original character that was later adapted by the video games.
  • A Y indicates a role as a younger version of the character.
  • A U indicates an uncredited role.
  • A C indicates a cameo role.
  • A V indicates a voice-only role.
  • An A indicates an appearance through archival footage or stills.
Character Original series Reboot series
Resident Evil Resident Evil:
Apocalypse
Resident Evil:
Extinction
Resident Evil:
Afterlife
Resident Evil:
Retribution
Resident Evil:
The Final Chapter
Resident Evil:
Welcome to Raccoon City
2002 2004 2007 2010 2012 2016 2021
Alicia "Alice" Marcus Milla Jovovich Milla Jovovich
Ever AndersonY
Red Queen
Angela "Angie" Ashford
O
Michaela Dicker Sophie Vavasseur Sophie VavasseurUA Megan Charpentier
Ave Merson-O'BrianV
Ever Anderson
Sophie VavasseurUA Michaela DickerA
Dr. Alexander Isaacs / William Birkin[note 1] / TyrantG Jason IsaacsUC Iain Glen Iain Glen
Brian Steele (Tyrant)
Gary HeckerV (Tyrant)
Iain GlenA Iain Glen Neal McDonough
Matthew "Matt" Addison / NemesisG Eric Mabius Matthew G. Taylor (Nemesis)
Eric MabiusA
Matthew G. Taylor (Nemesis)UA Eric MabiusA
Matthew G. Taylor (Nemesis)UA
Rain Ocampo Michelle Rodriguez Michelle RodriguezUA Michelle Rodriguez Michelle RodriguezA
James "One" Shade Colin Salmon Colin SalmonUA Colin SalmonC Colin SalmonA
Spence Parks James Purefoy James PurefoyUA PhotographU James PurefoyA
Dr. Blue Joseph May Joseph MayA
Dr. Lisa Addison Heike Makatsch Heike MakatschUA Heike MakatschA
J.D. Salinas Pasquale Aleardi Pasquale AleardiUA Pasquale AleardiA
Olga Danilova Liz May Brice Liz May BriceUA Liz May BriceA
Vance Drew Torsten Jerabek Torsten JerabekUA Torsten JerabekUA Torsten JerabekA
Alfonso Warner Marc Logan-Black Marc Logan-BlackUA Marc Logan-BlackUA Marc Logan-BlackA
Chad Kaplan Martin Crewes Martin CrewesA
Carlos OliveraG / Todd Oded Fehr Oded Fehr Oded FehrA
Jill ValentineG Sienna Guillory Sienna GuilloryC Sienna Guillory Hannah John-Kamen
Lloyd Jefferson "L.J." Wade Mike Epps Mike EppsUA
Major Timothy Cain Thomas Kretschmann Thomas KretschmannA
Terri Morales Sandrine Holt Sandrine HoltA
Sgt. Peyton Wells Razaaq Adoti Razaaq AdotiA
Dr. Charles AshfordG[note 2] Jared Harris Jared HarrisA
Nicholai GinovaefG Zack Ward
Yuri Loganova Stefen Hayes
Mackenzie Geoffrey Pounsett
Albert WeskerG Jason O'Mara Shawn Roberts Tom Hopper
Claire RedfieldG Ali Larter Ali LarterA Ali Larter Kaya Scodelario
Lauren BillY
K-Mart Spencer Locke Spencer LockeC Spencer LockeA
Chase Linden Ashby Linden AshbyA
Betty Ashanti
Mikey Christopher Egan
Slater Matthew Marsden
Otto Joe Hursley
White Queen Madeline Carroll
Luther West Boris Kodjoe Boris KodjoeA
AxemenenG[note 3] Ray Olubowale Ray Olubowale
Kevin Shand
Ray OlubowaleA
J Pop Girl Mika NakashimaC Mika NakashimaA
Chris RedfieldG Wentworth Miller Wentworth MillerA Robbie Amell
Daxton Grey GujralY
Bennett Sinclair Kim Coates Kim CoatesA
Kim Yong Norman Yeung Norman YeungA
Angel Ortiz Sergio Peris-Mencheta
Crystal Waters Kacey Clarke
Wendell Fulvio Cecere
Leon S. KennedyG Johann Urb Johann UrbA Avan Jogia
Barry BurtonG Kevin Durand Kevin DurandA
Becky Aryana Engineer Aryana EngineerA
Ada WongG Li Bingbing
Sally CahillUV[50]
Li BingbingA Lily Gao
Abigail Ruby Rose
Doc Eoin Macken
Razor Fraser James
Cobalt Rola
Commander Chu Lee Joon-gi
Christian William Levy
Dr. James MarcusG Mark Simpson
Chief Brian IronsG Donal Logue
Richard AikenG Chad Rook
Lisa TrevorG Marina Mazepa
Annette BirkinG Janet Porter
Sherry BirkinG Holly de Barros

Additional crew[edit]

Occupation Original series Reboot series
Resident Evil Resident Evil:
Apocalypse
Resident Evil:
Extinction
Resident Evil:
Afterlife
Resident Evil:
Retribution
Resident Evil:
The Final Chapter
Resident Evil:
Welcome to Raccoon City
Director Paul W. S. Anderson Alexander Witt Russell Mulcahy Paul W. S. Anderson Johannes Roberts
Producers Paul W. S. Anderson
Jeremy Bolt
Bernd Eichinger
Samuel Hadida
Paul W. S. Anderson
Jeremy Bolt
Don Carmody
Paul W. S. Anderson
Jeremy Bolt
Bernd Eichinger
Samuel Hadida
Robert Kulzer
Paul W. S. Anderson
Jeremy Bolt
Bernd Eichinger
Samuel Hadida
Robert Kulzer
Don Carmody
Paul W. S. Anderson
Jeremy Bolt
Samuel Hadida
Robert Kulzer
Don Carmody
Paul W. S. Anderson
Jeremy Bolt
Samuel Hadida
Robert Kulzer
Robert Kulzer
James Harris
Hartley Gorenstein
Executive producer(s) Victor Hadida
Robert Kulzer
Daniel S. Kletzky
Yoshiki Okamoto
Victor Hadida
Robert Kulzer
Bernd Eichinger
Samuel Hadida
Victor Hadida
Martin Moszkowicz
Kelly Van Horn
Victor Hadida
Martin Moszkowicz
Martin Moszkowicz
Victor Hadida
Jeremy Bolt
Paul W. S. Anderson
Writer Paul W. S. Anderson Johannes Roberts
Composer(s) Marco Beltrami
Marilyn Manson
Jeff Danna Charlie Clouser Tomandandy Paul Haslinger Mark Korven
Director(s) of photography David Johnson Derek Rogers
Christian Sebaldt
David Johnson Glen MacPherson Maxime Alexandre
Editor Alexander Berner Eddie Hamilton Niven Howie Doobie White Dev Singh

Reception[edit]

Box office performance[edit]

Film Release date Box office gross All time box office ranking Production budget Ref
United States Other
territories
North America Other
territories
Worldwide North America Worldwide
Original series
Resident Evil March 15, 2002 March 21, 2002 $40,119,709 $63,667,692 $103,787,401 2,189 1,602 $33 million [51][52]
Resident Evil: Apocalypse September 10, 2004 September 11, 2004 $51,201,453 $78,141,316 $129,342,769 1,737 1,369 $45 million [53]
Resident Evil: Extinction September 21, 2007 September 19, 2007 $50,648,679 $99,222,424 $149,871,103 1,742 1,177 $45 million [54][55]
Resident Evil: Afterlife September 10, 2010 September 9, 2010 $60,128,566 $240,099,518 $300,228,084 1,415 513 $60 million [56]
Resident Evil: Retribution September 14, 2012 September 12, 2012 $42,345,531 $198,302,098 $240,647,629 2,078 660 $65 million [57][58]
Resident Evil: The Final Chapter January 27, 2017 December 23, 2016 $26,844,962 $287,256,498 $314,101,190 3,048 465 $40 million [59][60]
Reboot
Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City November 24, 2021 December 3, 2021 $16,937,037 $24,914,303 $41,851,340 4,076 2,874 $25 million [61][62]
Total $288,225,937 $991,603,849 $1,279,829,516 $313 million [63]

Apocalypse, Extinction, Afterlife, and Retribution all opened at number one at the North American box office. Resident Evil is also the highest-grossing, live-action film series to be based on a video game.[3]

Critical and public response[edit]

Film Rotten Tomatoes Metacritic CinemaScore[64]
Original series
Resident Evil 36% (131 reviews)[65] 33 (24 reviews)[66] B
Resident Evil: Apocalypse 19% (134 reviews)[67] 35 (26 reviews)[68] B
Resident Evil: Extinction 25% (101 reviews)[69] 41 (12 reviews)[70] B−
Resident Evil: Afterlife 21% (107 reviews)[71] 37 (14 reviews)[72] B−
Resident Evil: Retribution 28% (74 reviews)[73] 39 (17 reviews)[74] C+
Resident Evil: The Final Chapter 37% (102 reviews)[75] 49 (19 reviews)[76] B
Reboot
Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City 30% (86 reviews)[77] 44 (21 reviews)[78] C+

The Chicago Tribune declared the first film as "one of the few video game movies to truly re-create the gaming experience"[79] and The Austin Chronicle calling it "an absolute wreck. But what an ambitiously mind-blowing wreck it is, bursting with dazzlingly sordid cinematography".[80] The Seattle Times marked the second film an improvement from the original, saying the film "makes up for the wretched mess that was 2002's Resident Evil".[81] The Hollywood Reporter gave the third film a positive review stating "Fast-paced and filled with brisk action sequences—the film should reasonably satisfy the devotees."[82] Michael Ordoña of the Los Angeles Times gave the fourth film a positive review, claiming that "the action is easier to read than in most films of the genre, and therefore more enjoyable. Anderson makes particular use of sets and locations to wring out more bang for the stereoscopic buck."[83]

Several retrospective reviews have praised aspects of Anderson's films, particularly in relation to the reboot. Calum Marsh of the National Post admired the Anderson-directed entries, saying: "The first is classical, close-quarters horror [...] Part four, Afterlife, is a riot of ludicrous action and superhero brawn [...] but it’s a mere amuse bouche next to the five-star spread of part five, Retribution – a glorious, practically experimental sci-fi action wonder."[84] Ignatiy Vishnevetsky of The A.V. Club called them "lean and lively and fun and totally unpretentious", and commended Anderson's style, "focused on organizing action and orientating the viewer";[85] Charles Bramesco reviewed the reboot as "totally bereft of the visual distinction or creative personality that often made its predecessors intriguing diamonds in the rough."[86]

Home media[edit]

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has released all seven films on DVD, Blu-ray and digital download. The films were also released in DVD, Blu-ray and 4K box sets:

Title Format Release date Films Reference
Resident Evil / Resident Evil: Apocalypse – Resurrected Edition DVD September 4, 2007 Resident Evil, Resident Evil: Apocalypse [87]
Resident Evil: The High Definition Trilogy Blu-ray January 1, 2008 Resident Evil, Resident Evil: Apocalypse, Resident Evil: Extinction [88]
Resident Evil Trilogy DVD December 9, 2008 [89]
The Resident Evil Collection DVD, Blu-ray September 4, 2012 Resident Evil, Resident Evil: Apocalypse, Resident Evil: Extinction, Resident Evil: Afterlife [90]
December 21, 2012 Resident Evil, Resident Evil: Apocalypse, Resident Evil: Extinction, Resident Evil: Afterlife, Resident Evil: Retribution [91][92]
Resident Evil: The Complete Collection Blu-ray May 16, 2017 Resident Evil, Resident Evil: Apocalypse, Resident Evil: Extinction, Resident Evil: Afterlife, Resident Evil: Retribution, Resident Evil: The Final Chapter [93]
Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City DVD, Blu-ray February 8, 2022 Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City [94]

Other media[edit]

Novelizations[edit]

The novelizations for the first three Resident Evil films were written by Keith R. A. DeCandido. The novelization for the fifth film was written by John Shirley, and the sixth by Tim Waggoner. The fourth film did not receive a novelization.

The novel for the first film, titled Resident Evil: Genesis, was published over two years after that film's release, while the Extinction novel was released in late July 2007, two months before the film's release. There was also a Japanese novelization of the first film, unrelated to DeCandido's version, written by Osamu Makino. Makino also wrote two novels based on the game Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles.

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Jason Isaacs, who appeared in most of Anderson's early films,[43] was brought in for a day of filming, making a cameo appearance as a doctor near the end of the film, and he also provided the narration that opens it. In interviews, Anderson said Isaacs' character would be expanded on the sequel,[44][45] to which Isaacs responded he would be happy to return for.[46] When Isaacs didn't return, Anderson created the character of Dr. Isaacs, played by Iain Glen, as a homage to the unnamed doctor that Jason Isaacs played originally.[47]
  2. ^ According to Anderson, the Ashford family and particularly Dr. Charles Ashford is "based on the game but with a slightly different role", indicating he based him on Resident Evil – Code: Veronica's Dr. Alexander Ashford.[48]
  3. ^ Based on the "Executioner Majini" creature, from Resident Evil 5.[49]

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