Resident Evil Movies in Order: Seeking one of the best overwhelming swarms of zombies, the film series is filled with brisk action sequences—Like other video game adaptations, Resident Evil is loud, violent, formulaic, and cheesy. It is about the Umbrella Corporation’s deadly T-virus that is spreading across the globe, transforming ordinary people into legions of undead. And Alice (Milla Jovovich), a former security specialist and covert operative who battles the Umbrella Corporation, whose bioweapons have triggered a zombie apocalypse? So if you want to enjoy the best zombie apocalypse film series ever then watch Resident Evil movies in order. Here this list will help you to get Resident Evil movies in chronological order as well as the release date.
Moreover, In 2021, a reboot film (the seventh in the film series) was made, titled Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City, set in 1998, it follows a group of survivors trying to survive during a zombie outbreak in the small town of Raccoon City. So follow the original order of Resident Evil Movies along with reboot movies for the best zombie thriller adventure. Watch Resident Evil in chronological order as follow.
How to Watch Resident Evil Movies in Order
1. Resident Evil (2002)
Something rotten is brewing beneath the industrial mecca known as Raccoon City. Unknown to its millions of residents, a huge underground bioengineering facility known as The Hive has accidentally unleashed the deadly and mutating T-virus, killing all of its employees. To contain the leak, the governing supercomputer, Red Queen, has sealed all entrances and exits.
Now a team of highly-trained super commandos including Rain (Michelle Rodriguez – The Fast and the Furious, Girlfight), Alice (Milla Jovovich – The Fifth Element) and Matt (Eric Mabius – Cruel Intentions) must race to penetrate The Hive in order to isolate the T-virus before it overwhelms humanity. To do so, they must get past the Red Queen’s deadly defenses, face the flesh-eating undead employees, fight killer mutant dogs and battle The Licker, a genetically mutated savage beast whose strength increases with each of its slain victims.
Loosely based on the video game series of the same name. Borrowing elements from the video games Resident Evil and Resident Evil 2, The Resident Evil film received generally unfavorable reviews from critics and grossed $103 million worldwide against a production budget of $33 million. The consensus reads, “Like other video game adaptations, Resident Evil is loud, violent, formulaic, and cheesy.”
2. Resident Evil: Apocalypse (2004)
Resident Evil: Apocalypse is set directly after the events of the first film, where Alice escaped from an underground facility overrun by zombies. She now bands together with other survivors to escape the zombie outbreak which has spread to the nearby Raccoon City. The film borrows elements from several games in the Resident Evil series, such as the characters Valentine and Olivera and the villain Nemesis.
After narrowly escaping the horrors of the underground Hive facility, Alice (Milla Jovovich) is quickly thrust back into a war raging above ground between the living and the Undead. As the city is locked down under quarantine, Alice joins a small band of elite soldiers, led by Valentine (Sienna Guillory, Love, Actually) and Carlos (Oded Fehr, The Mummy Returns), enlisted to rescue the missing daughter of Dr. Ashford, the creator of the mutating T-virus. It’s a heart-pounding race against time as the group faces off against hordes of blood- thirsty zombies, stealthy Lickers, mutant canines and the most sinister foe yet. Written and produced by the visionary director of Resident Evil, Paul W.S. Anderson (Alien Vs. Predator) and directed by Alexander Witt, RESIDENT EVIL: Apocalypse is a superior sci-fi suspense sequel.
Resident Evil: Apocalypse received “generally unfavorable reviews” on Metacritic, and became the lowest-rated film in the Resident Evil series on Rotten Tomatoes, with a rating of 19%. Earning $129 million worldwide on a $45 million budget, it surpassed the box office gross of the original film. The site’s critics consensus reads: “Resident Evil: Apocalypse has lots of action, but not much in terms of plot or creativity.”
3. Resident Evil: Extinction (2007)
Milla Jovovich is back in the third chapter of the hugely successful Resident Evil franchise! This action-packed horror film is set in the Nevada desert and filled with intense special effects and more zombie terror! Las Vegas means fun in the sun. Well? at least the sun is still there.
The world has been consumed by the T-virus and Umbrella Corporation develops clones of Alice to find one who displays her 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, she joins Redfield’s convoy, rescuing them from a mob of attacking crows using her telekinetic powers. Alice and the convoy head to Las Vegas to gather supplies so that they can reach Alaska to find “Arcadia”, thought to be a safe haven.
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. L.J., who had been bitten earlier and hiding the progress of the infection, now completely transforms and bites Olivera. Dr. Isaacs himself is bitten and retreats to the Umbrella base where he injects himself with large doses of the anti-virus as a cure. He transforms into a Tyrant, a towering creature with regenerative and psionic powers.
Alice, Claire and Carlos locate a helicopter in Umbrella base and plan to use it to extract the survivors to Alaska. Olivera makes his last stand by sacrificing himself and plowing his truck into a horde of zombies, giving the rest time to load the survivors. Claire and the survivors head towards Alaska, while Alice stays behind to confront Isaacs, and discovers her clones in the facility. After she defeats Isaacs, Alice contacts Umbrella and warns them that she is coming for them with an army of her clones.
The site’s critics consensus reads, “Resident Evil: Extinction is more of the same; its few impressive action sequences unable to compensate for the pedestrian plot.” The film grossed $147 million against a $45 million budget.
4. Resident Evil: Afterlife (2010)
The fourth installment of the hugely successful RESIDENT EVIL franchise, RESIDENT EVIL: AFTERLIFE is again based on the wildly popular video game series, and will this time be presented in 3-D.
After the events of Extinction, a world ravaged by a virus infection, turning its victims into the Undead, ALICE (Milla Jovovich), continues on her journey to find survivors and lead them to safety. Alice and her clones attack the Umbrella Headquarters in Tokyo. Wesker escapes and destroys the facility, killing the clones. He is confronted by Alice aboard his helicopter, and injects her 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, and finds Claire with an Umbrella controlling device attached to her chest and a wiped memory. 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 and 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 meet Wesker, who has been granted super-human abilities from the T-virus. After the fight, Alice transmits a message to survivors calling them 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.
Grossing a worldwide total of $300 million, Resident Evil: Afterlife became the second highest-grossing entry of the series.
5. Resident Evil: Retribution (2012)
The Umbrella Corporation’s deadly T-virus is spreading across the globe, transforming ordinary people into legions of undead. Headed for extinction, the human race has just one hope: Alice (Milla Jovovich). 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, 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, all under the direction of Valentine.
After Alice meets 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. Valentine battles Alice while Rain fights Kennedy and West. Alice manages to remove the scarab device from Valentine, returning her back to normal, and 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 superhuman powers, then tells her that she is responsible for saving the remaining humans from extinction.
Resident Evil: Retribution offers everything one might reasonably expect from the fifth installment in a heavily action-dependent franchise – to a box-office success, grossing over $240 million worldwide, and received generally negative reviews from critics, who criticized the characters, plot and acting, while praising the 3D, visual effects and fight choreography.
6. Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (2016)
Picking up after Resident Evil: Retribution, the sixth installment in the Resident Evil film series and the final installment in the original series, which is based on the video game series of the same name, focus on Alice and her friends, who are betrayed by Albert Wesker, who gathers the entire forces of the Umbrella Corporation into one final strike against the apocalypse survivors.
Three weeks after the events in 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 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, who reveals his previous incarnation was a clone. Alice escapes and arrives 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 encounter the Red Queen, who tells them the T-virus 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 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 learns she is a clone of the still-living Alicia Marcus. Alice releases the anti-virus, eliminating all infected by the T-virus. She survives, and gains the memories of Alicia Marcus as a reward to reclaim the childhood she never had. The series ends with Alice riding a motorcycle, stating that her job isn’t finished yet and that it will take several years for the anti-virus to circle the globe.
The film received mixed reviews and became the highest-grossing film in the franchise, earning over $312 million worldwide against a $40 million budget.
7. Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City (2021)
Returning to the origins of the massively popular RESIDENT EVIL franchise, fan and filmmaker Johannes Roberts brings the games to life for a whole new generation of fans.
In RESIDENT EVIL: WELCOME TO RACCOON CITY, once the booming home of pharmaceutical giant Umbrella Corporation, Raccoon City is now a dying Midwestern town. The company’s exodus left the city a wasteland…with great evil brewing below the surface. When that evil is unleashed, a group of survivors must work together to uncover the truth behind Umbrella and make it through the night.
The film received mixed-to-negative reviews from critics, with its faithfulness to the first two games being praised, but was criticized for its script, casting and special effects. It grossed over $42 million worldwide against a $25 million budget, successful for Sony and Constantin Films.
How many Resident Evil movies are there Altogether?
There are total SEVEN (7) movies in this Resident Evil film series till now 2023, begins with Resident Evil (2002) and continues with five sequels: Resident Evil: Apocalypse (2004), Resident Evil: Extinction (2007), Resident Evil: Afterlife (2010), Resident Evil: Retribution (2012), Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (2016) and a reboot film, Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City (2021).
All Resident Evil Movies in Order of Release Date
Here are the Resident Evil Films in order, they were released.
1. Resident Evil — March 15, 2002
2. Resident Evil: Apocalypse — September 10, 2004
3. Resident Evil: Extinction — September 21, 2007
4. Resident Evil: Afterlife — September 10, 2010
5. Resident Evil: Retribution — September 14, 2012
6. Resident Evil: The Final Chapter — January 27, 2017
1. Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City — November 24, 2021
Do I need to watch Resident Evil in order?
Yes, the first six films in series are connected share same story line, 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. But those that wish to just jump into the latest film, Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City, will be happy to know that it serves as a reboot of the film franchise with a new cast and can be watched without needing to see the prior six films.
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