Though I have been a ‘gamer’ since I was a kid, I never played a Resident Evil game until recently with the new Resident Evil 5, although I only played a few levels. The games are called ‘survival horror’ and based on zombies running rampant through different settings such as cities, underground facilities, and now African deserts. With 25 million copies of the different versions of the games sold over the years, this makes it an incredibly successful game franchise so a film version was always going to be on the cards.
When the first Resident Evil film came out in 2002 there were a lot of fans holding their breath to see if they could do the game justice. The film starred Milla Jovovich in the lead role as Alice. Alice is a character who never appeared in the games and this was one major point that fans threw back at the filmmakers. However, as there were always many different leads throughout the different games, no matter what character they picked fans would have protested as their favorite one wasn’t being used. With that in mind, the writer/director of the film, Paul W.S. Anderson, I think, made the right choice in creating a brand new character for the lead of the films.
Fans got to start seeing their favorite characters in the 2004 sequel Resident Evil: Apocalypse and the 2008 sequel Resident Evil: Extinction. Now after three films, I think fans are satisfied with what the filmmakers have done and have even grown to love Alice, the lead character of all three films.
Not having been a player of the games, I went into the movies with a very open mind and was pleasantly surprised at how good the films were as movie versions of games are often pretty average. The first film was a solid action horror and I gave it 7.5 out of 10. The second film in the franchise, I feel, made some major mistakes and lowered the overall quality and I rated it at 6.5 out of 10, which really disappointed me. So when the third film came out I was hoping it wouldn’t continue the downward trend but thankfully it raised the bar and ended up being the best film in the series and I gave it 8.5 out of 10.
With a successful game franchise backing it up I’m glad to see they have created a successful movie series. With a fourth movie in the pipeline, I hope they continue to make solid action horror films as I think the world they have created is very interesting. This review was written back in 2009, so of course since then the 4th, and 5th film has come out, and the 6th and last one will come out late 2015 or early 2016.