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"Resident Evil": From the Best to the Worst

Updated on December 17, 2021
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Nathan is a film critic and aspiring author with a true passion for the film industry who hopes his writings will help launch his career.


The Resident Evil films have brought tons of blood, action, stunts, and zombies to screens everywhere. It has been a successful and entertaining series for millions around the world. Now that the series is over, I will rank and rate each film in the series from best to worst. Which was your favorite? Do you agree with my ranking?

Best - Resident Evil: The Final Chapter

The end of the long-running Resident Evil film franchise is here. Resident Evil: The Final Chapter brings Alice, the sole survivor of the onslaught in Washington D.C., to the brink of giving up. She has lost so many friends since this war started and the fight seems to be never ending. That is, until she receives a message from the unlikeliest of places. This source informs Alice that there is in fact a cure and she has 48 hours to return to Raccoon City, make it through The Hive's defense systems, retrieve the cure, return to the surface, and release it. With an old enemy close behind and unforeseen danger lying ahead, Alice (Milla Jovovich) must make one final journey to end the apocalypse.

The plot to this film and its twists were far better than all the previous entries. Everything came full circle and once the final piece of the puzzle is revealed, it's simply breathtaking. All those times where there seemed to be plot holes weren't plot holes at all. There is a reason for everything, as you'll see for yourself.

There are a few disappointing moments though which I do feel obliged to share so if you want to avoid spoilers, skip this paragraph. Okay, for those still here, here's what I didn't like about it. First, Ruby Rose died way too quick. Ruby's known for her "tough girl" roles and for her to die so soon after we meet her was a huge let down. Second, Wesker's death was too anti-climactic. He's been around for a few of the films, which led us to believe there would be a huge showdown between him and Alice. That's not the case, however. The final thing that disappointed me was that there was no explanation as to what happened to Leon, Ada, and Chris. It's assumed they were all killed but it would have been nice if they had at least been mentioned.

All-in-all, the film was incredible. It was well worth the five year wait. Everyone gave their all and dove head first into their roles which paid off perfectly. I give the film a total of 3.5 out of 4.

Excellent - Resident Evil: Extinction

Extinction revitalized the series, delving deeper into Umbrella's sinister plan and also giving us a look at just how powerful Alice could be. We are also introduced to Claire Redfield and a small group of survivors who are slowly losing hope. They intercept a radio transmission from a mysterious location called Arcadia where there is supposedly no infection and plenty of food and shelter. Alice and the group discover Arcadia is in Alaska and decide to take a chance. Alice has to first break free from Umbrella's hold on her in order to reach her full potential. I give the film a 3 out of 4.

Very Good - Resident Evil: Afterlife

Resident Evil: Afterlife had a decent story and the film moved along very well. What made this film so good though is its cinematography. Probably the best scene in the whole film was the fight between Alice, Claire and Axeman. Axeman is a freakishly giant creature with, you guessed it, an axe the size of Delaware. If he had a pyramid for a head, you might wonder if you were watching Silent Hill. Luckily for us, he doesn't have a pyramid head, he just has huge nails sticking out of his head. Either way, the fighting style, the water motion, everything in that scene is perfect. We're also introduced to Chris Redfield, Claire's long lost brother. It's a very good film, but it could be better. I give it a 2.5 out of 4.

Good - Resident Evil: Retribution

Resident Evil: Retribution tried hard, but it maybe tried a little too hard. It had a lot of great action but tried to cover too much ground in too little of a time. The clone story line was expanded and told at the same time that The Hive's secrets were being explained. This made the film a bit hard to follow at times but what it lacked in story was made up for in the final fight scene. Luther and Leon vs Rain's powerful clone and then Alice vs Jill Valentine. When it all boils down to the final product, I have to give the film a 2 out of 4.

Fair - Resident Evil

The film that started it all caught some interest and caused some intrigue but overall the film relied on action and gore more than it did story. We get the basic plot outline that there's an evil corporation that released a virus and now a team is trying to find the antivirus. It's an average and decent film that had plenty of action and juicy gore but lacked substance and believable effects. I give the film a 1.5 out of 4.

Worst - Resident Evil: Apocalypse

Was there even a plot to this one? The second film of the franchise felt like it was treading water, repeating what was already done in the first film, just with slightly better effects. There were several moments in this film that made you roll your eyes and think, really? For instance, there was a sniper making headshot after headshot until an armored creature with a grenade launcher shows up. The sniper then decides it's a good idea to shoot his armor three times instead of aiming for his TOTALLY EXPOSED HEAD. I mean, come on. Resident Evil: Apocalypse gets a 1 out of 4.


  • Resident Evil - 1.5 out of 4
  • Resident Evil: Apocalypse - 1 out of 4
  • Resident Evil: Extinction - 3 out of 4
  • Resident Evil: Afterlife - 2.5 out of 4
  • Resident Evil: Retribution - 2 out of 4
  • Resident Evil: The Final Chapter - 3.5 out of 4

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I have enjoyed the Resident Evil franchise throughout its run. It started rough but got better as it went, the plot and tension building in each of them until finally we reach the end. Milla Jovovich has been a delight to watch these past 15 years and I will miss her Alice character. Thank you for the movies and I look forward to see what you do next.

© 2017 Nathan Jasper


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