RESIDENT EVIL (FILM SERIES)



RESIDENT EVIL (FILM SERIES)

Resident Evil is a science fiction action-horror film series.

The fictional Umbrella Corporation, which acts as the main antagonist in the series, is a bioengineering pharmaceutical company that creates bioweapons. Umbrella was responsible for the zombie apocalypse, which occurred after the corporation’s T-virus infected the Earth’s population. The films follow protagonist Alice, an original character created for the films portrayed by Milla Jovovich. Alice, who was once a security operative working for Umbrella, becomes an enemy of the corporation.

Characters from the Resident Evil video games also appeared in the film series, including Jill Valentine, Carlos Olivera, Claire Redfield, Albert Wesker, Chris Redfield, Barry Burton, Leon S. Kennedy and Ada Wong.

With five films released, the Resident Evil film series is the highest grossing film series to be based on video games of all time, having grossed US$915 million worldwide.

Resident Evil

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.

Resident Evil: Apocalypse

In the film, the viral outbreak reaches the surface and in an effort to contain the infection, Mayor 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.

Resident Evil: Extinction

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 Olivera and L.J. Wayne. Alice roams the country for survivors. After failing to find any living people, she comes into contact with Redfield’s convoy after she rescues them from a mob of attacking crows using her special telekinesis 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, thought to be a safe haven.

Resident Evil: Afterlife

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.

Resident Evil: Retribution

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.

Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (2017)
(CURRENTLY IN PRODUCTION)

REVIEW

Born of the video game age, the resident evil series has always tried to be one thing entertaining. Towards this end, it pulls the best ideas from other movies and massages them into a cohessive whole. The main character is a female neo, the villain is a suped up mr smith and the villainous computer is a childlike skynet. Along the way, this series went from being a straight up zombie flick to a full on fem fatale action mega hit. I hate female action movies but this one is at the top of my list for best action flicks.


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