Resident Evil Films: All About 25 Years of the Series

The Resident Evil franchise celebrates 25 years since its first release this year. Starting on PlayStation in 1996 with the game simply called "Resident Evil", a huge success related to the name has been built since then, whether on consoles, comics, books or on small screens.

Resident Evil Filmes: In 1997, the German Constantin Film acquired the rights to make the first adaptation of the franchise to theaters. In 2001, Sony Pictures, through Columbia Tristar bought these rights and released the first of what would be a long series of films the following year.

In a 20-year trajectory, six films have already been released, with the seventh about to be released in late 2021. Learn a little more about this timeline and each film in this article.

Resident Evil belongs to the Survival Horror genre on a zombie theme.

The game's story follows the protagonists in their fight against the Umbrella Corporation, a company that produces biological weapons, and responsible for the spread of the T-Virus, which turns people into zombies.

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The films follow the protagonist Alice, created for the platform, and played by actress Milla Jovovich (The Fifth Element).

Despite countless negative reviews, the Resident Evil film series is one of the most successful of video game adaptations, with more than $ 1 billion raised worldwide, and a large legion of fans.

Despite all this success, the films are not very faithful to the original game, it is just an adaptation based on the universe created in Resident Evil. See more information about each of the Resident Evil films (contains spoilers!):

Resident Evil - The Cursed Guest

Resident evil movies: the cursed guest
The Damned Guest poster

Released in 2002, written and directed by Paul WS Anderson, the Cursed Guest was the one who opened the way among the various Resident Evil films we have today.

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Hive. This is the name of Umbrella's secret laboratory where genetic research is carried out. And that is where the T-Virus spreads, and all employees are infected and killed. I mean, half dead. They turn into zombies and can infect other people with just one bite.

Alice is totally out of memory, and is called in to investigate the situation, and take control. Assisted by Rain OCampo (Michelle Rodriguez), she has three hours to resolve everything and turn off the system of the place, called Red Queen.

The release of the film was a disappointment for many critics and fans, who expected a more faithful story, or the appearance of their favorite characters. Despite everything, it had a good collection. And the sequel was already coming around.

Data sheet:

LaunchMay / 2002
Duration97 minutes
Get a quote33 million U.S. $
Faturamento102 million U.S. $
Travel PlanPaul WS Anderson
DirectionPaul WS Anderson

Resident Evil - Apocalypse

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Released in 2004, still scripted by Paul WS Anderson, the film begins in the same way that the first one ends: the city of Racoon City being infested by the zombies created by the T-Virus.

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With the spread of the virus among people, Umbrella surrounds the city, preventing people from entering or leaving it.

Alice had been captured by Umbrella and went through experiments and had her genes modified, acquiring superpowers.

She joins a group of survivors, led by Jill Valentine (Sienna Guillory) - one of the main characters in the games - and Carlos Oliveira (Oded Fehr) - who also appears in the games. Together, they look for a way to escape this apocalyptic scenario.

This film also introduces Nemesis, a bio-organic weapon, another of Umbrella's experiments. Nemesis is one of the most beloved villains in the series.

The production of Apocalipse started already in 2013, after commercial success of the first film. The bet was well made and the film raised more than its predecessor.

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Screenwriter Paul Anderson once again scripted the film, but gave up the direction, as he was involved with another production (Alien vs. Predator).

Data sheet:

LaunchOctober / 2004
Duration94 minutes
Get a quote45 million U.S. $
Faturamento129 million U.S. $
Travel PlanPaul WS Anderson
DirectionAlexander witt

Resident Evil 3 - The Extinction

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The Extinction Poster

In 2007, three years after the release of the previous film, The Extinction arrives.

In history, a few years have passed, and now the world is infested with the T-Virus, with few survivors left.

The film follows the idea of ​​the previous ones, following the trajectory of Alice and other survivors, trying to get rid of the zombies and in search of more people who may have survived.

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In this film, the character Jill is replaced by Claire Redfield (Ali Larter). Claire is the protagonist of the game Resident Evil: Revelations 2.

As for Umbrella, she is doing new experiments and creating clones of Alice, trying to reproduce her. It turns out that Alice's blood could reveal a cure for the T-Virus.

The convoy of survivors heads towards Alaska, where it is believed to have a safe area called Arcadia.

The script, once again, was in charge of Paul Anderson, and the direction passed to Russell Mulcahy (hitherto famous for making music video directions). And the criticism, again, was extremely harsh, but the collection only increased.

Data sheet:

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LaunchOctober / 2007
Duration94 minutes
Get a quote45 million U.S. $
Faturamento147 million U.S. $
Travel PlanPaul WS Anderson
DirectionRussell mulcahy

Resident Evil 4 - Restart

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The fourth film in the Resident Evil franchise takes place in Tokyo, Japan. One year after the events of The Extinction, Alice goes after Umbrella President Albert Wesker to destroy the corporation.

Her plan is successful, but she ends up getting an injection that takes away her powers.

In this film, another important character from games is introduced: Chris Redfield. Chris is Claire's brother.

Another element of the games that appears in the film is the mind control mechanism (Resident Evil 5).

The search for Arcadia continues, and they discover that the safe haven is actually a boat in search of survivors. But when he gets there, it's an ambush, led by an uncontrolled Claire. Alice finds an object in Claire's chest and destroys it, freeing her (ex ??) companion from mind control.

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It turns out that Arcadia was an Umbrella trap to find new guinea pigs for experiments.

Recomeço was the first film in the series to be recorded in 3D and is one of the highest grossing films, it even got nominated for some awards.

Data sheet:

LaunchSeptember / 2010
Duration97 minutes
Get a quote60 million U.S. $
Faturamento300 million U.S. $
Travel PlanPaul WS Anderson
DirectionPaul WS Anderson

Resident Evil 5: Retribution

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After settling in Arcádia, the place is attacked by a team led by Jill Valentine, who has been brainwashed and now works for Umbrella.

Alice is captured and discovers that several of her former colleagues have been cloned and are being used by the corporation.

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Revived Wesker, who now no longer works for Umbrella, helps her regain her powers, and the Hive and the Red Queen return to history.

More video game characters make their appearance in this film: Ada Wong, Leon S. Kennedy and Barry Burton. The encounter between Ada and Alice is the recreation of a scene from Resident Evil 4.

It was the second film in the franchise recorded in 3D, the collection was not as good as that of the previous film, but still earned more than 200 million dollars. The reviews, as always, were mostly negative, but the film won in two categories at the Canadian Screen Awards, visual effects and a prize for the success of its box office, the Golden Reel Award.

Retribution also marks Paul Anderson's return to directing the films, where he stays until the Final Chapter.

Data sheet:

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LaunchSeptember / 2012
Duration96 minutes
Get a quote65 million U.S. $
Faturamento240 million U.S. $
Travel PlanPaul WS Anderson
DirectionPaul WS Anderson

Resident Evil 6: The Final Chapter

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The Final Chapter Poster

In what would be the last film in the franchise, Alice returns to the place where it all started: Racoon City. And discover the real reason for everything, as well as becoming humanity's only hope, or what's left of it.

For the end of the series, a 'return to the origins' was planned. Alice returns to Racoon City, meets the Red Queen, as well as several characters that appeared in the previous films return to make their appearance.

The Final Chapter was the film in the franchise that collected the most: over 300 million dollars, surpassing Recomeço. The film was recorded in 2D and later converted to 3D.

The reviews, this time, were not all bad, which served to end “well” the Paul Andersen franchise, a box office success, but with a not so good performance in the reviews. Regarding fans, opinions are also mixed, there are those who love and hate.

The Final Chapter is the only production in the series available on Netflix.

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Data sheet:

LaunchJanuary / 2017
Duration107 minutes
Get a quote40 million U.S. $
Faturamento312 million U.S. $
Travel PlanPaul WS Anderson
DirectionPaul WS Anderson

Resident Evil: Degeneration

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Degeneration Poster

Alongside Anderson's series, three other films related to the game Resident Evil were released. The main differences: the new films were announced by Sony Pictures Japan and Capcom, and were produced in animation.

Unlike live-action, this animation is based more on the game. The protagonists are Leon S. Kennedy and Claire Redfield, coming from the games. The film takes place seven years after the events in Racoon City, when the virus was destroyed by a government-ordered missile attack.

But everything indicates that history is about to repeat itself when a zombie appears at the airport and starts attacking the people around it. Claire and Leon team up again to fight the new threat, and to protect the survivors.

Degeneration does a little better in criticism than Anderson's films, achieving a 67% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, but it is still far from what would be ideal.

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Data sheet:

LaunchOctober / 2008
Duration97 minutes
Get a quote-
Faturamento$ 43 million (in Japan)
Travel PlanShotaro Sucks
DirectionMakoto kamiya

Resident Evil: Conviction

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Condemnation is the continuation of Degeneration but not exactly where the precursor left off. Little information was known, and little noise was made by this feature due to the fact that it was released at the same time as the live-action Resident Evil 5 and the Resident Evil 6 game, both more publicized and expected by fans.

In the story, agent Leon S. Kennedy is once again the protagonist, this time without Claire. He infiltrates the Eastern Slavic Republic (fictional, conflict zone in Eastern Europe) to investigate the use of biological weapons in the war.

However, when he arrives, however, he receives an order saying to leave. Decided, he ignores the orders and decides to investigate anyway.

She also makes an appearance in the film Ada Wong, disguised as a BSAA agent. Another key character in the feature is Buddy (Alexander Kozachenko), one of the country's rebels.

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In the timeline of the Resident Evil universe, the film takes place just before the events of Resident Evil 6, with some scenes from the game being shown in the final credits.

According to the critics, who were even more positive than the first animation, there was an improvement in the settings and characterization of the characters.

Data sheet:

LaunchOctober / 2012
Duration100 minutes
Get a quote-
Faturamento$ 2 million (Japan only)
Travel PlanShotaro Sucks
DirectionMakoto kamiya

Resident Evil: Revenge

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Revenge Poster

The last full-length animation released was produced by Marza Animation Planet. Once again, Leon S. Kennedy is the main character, this time accompanied by Chris Redfield and Rebecca Chambers.

In the timeline of the Resident Evil universe, Revenge takes place in the events between the games Resident Evil 6 and Resident Evil 7: Biohazard.

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Chris, a member of the BSAA and Rebecca, who was once a member of STARS in Racoon City, enlist the help of government agent Leon to stop the plans of Glenn Arias, a criminal wanted by Interpol, and seek to face the emergence of a new deadly virus.

Regarding criticism, this third film was closer to anime productions, since director Takanori Tsujimoto is famous for exactly the production of an anime, Psycho-Pass. It is geared more towards action fans than terror, with a story more dense than the scares.

Critical sites such as Rotten Tomatoes, IGN and Total Film gave average ratings to their reviews, and were not exactly well received by them.

The film was classified not as a continuation but as a reboot of the two previous films.

Data sheet:

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LaunchJuly / 2017
Duration97 minutes
Get a quote-
Faturamento$ 1 million
Travel PlanMakoto fukami
DirectionTakanori tsujimoto

Resident Evil 2021

Speaking of reboots, a reboot of the Resident Evil live action series, entitled Resident Evil: Welcome to Racoon City, will be released later this year (November / 2021).

Despite the tweet saying September, the film's release was delayed by two months to November

Among the information already released about the new film, it is known that it will follow the history of games better than previous titles and will be based on the first two Capcom games, launched in 1996 and 1998. It will tell about Racoon City, a city that goes through a zombie apocalypse.

The studio behind the production is the German Constantin Film, also responsible for the other productions. The film will feature characters Claire Redfield (Kaya Scodelario), Jill Valentine (Hannah John-Kamen) and Chris Redfield (Robbie Amell). Albert Wesker, Ada Wong, Leon S. Kennedy and others will also make appearances.

Despite being a reboot, the story will have no connection to the films starring Mila Jovovich, being only inspired by the same universe.

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Data sheet:

LaunchNovember / 2021
Duration-
Get a quote-
Faturamento-
Travel PlanJohannes Roberts, Greg Russian
DirectionJohannes Roberts

In addition to this feature film, there are two other productions related to the Resident Evil universe underway: the film Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness, produced in CGI, and a series based on Jade and Billie Wesker, daughters of the well-known bioterrorist Albert Wesker, both are productions from Netflix.

So, what do you think about the Resident Evil movie series? Looking forward to the new debuts? Leave a comment!

Read more about Resident Evil in the article Resident Evil 8 Village. Also know the table RPG based on the game, the President Evil.

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