Milla Jovovich has captured our hearts as Alice in the Resident Evil flicks for a number of decades now. Let’s see how we can watch Resident Evil movies in order.
Unlike other franchises, the Resident Evil movies come with no numbers in the titles, which may turn out to be a bit confusing for many who want to start binging on this series.
Thankfully, appreciating the films can be done in a straightforward, streamlined order since there are no time leaps, no traveling back in history, and so on. Generally, the release order is also the chronological order to watch these films, so it’s quite easy and great to appreciate them like this.
Another factor that differentiates the Resident Evil series from other survival horror flicks is that it is based on a video game series. If you like gaming, you may want to try those out as well, as many fans say they’re better than the movies totally.
Who Plays in Resident Evil?
The cast for The Resident Evil has evolved a bit throughout the years, with new actors joining in when various characters are murdered.
The actors and actresses that have played in this movie are Milla Jovovich, Ever Gabo Anderson, Jason Isaacs, Iain Glen, Eric Mabius, Michelle Rodriguez, James Purefoy, Colin Salmon, Wentworth Miller, and more.
How to Watch the Resident Evil Movies in Order?
Viewing the movies in order is incredibly easy to do and you only have to follow the year they were released. This is how you can enjoy them:
- Resident Evil (2002)
- Resident Evil: Apocalypse (2004)
- Resident Evil: Extinction (2007)
- Resident Evil: Afterlife (2010)
- Resident Evil: Retribution (2012)
- Resident Evil: The Last Chapter (2017)
It is hard to realize that it was 21 years ago that the first movie in the Resident Evil series was released. Featuring series regular Milla Jovovich as Alice, an amnesiac forced into one frightening circumstance after another, this incorporated themes and ideas from the prior two games but strove to make them it’s own.
It also brilliantly illustrates the surprise success of the franchise as this did not earn fantastic reviews when it was released, but it went on to gross over 100 million at the box office and it is no surprise that sequel after sequel followed.
Resident Evil Apocalypse
Usually considered the weakest in the genre, and for good reason, Resident Evil: Apocalypse should not be discarded altogether as there are numerous superb action moments that, possibly, rival the best that the whole series has to offer.
The biggest problem with it though is the plot which is not the most unique, intriguing, or even cohesive. That being said, not only did this likewise do well at the box office, but it actually eclipsed what the original made, and happily, things did get, marginally, better from this point onwards.
Resident Evil: Extinction
Things were not improving for poor Alice when the third film got began. With Racoon City unusable, she and many others attempt to travel the Mojave desert wasteland to Alaska where they hope to find safety from the raging zombie apocalypse.
The notion was an original one and it allowed this to have a tale far more compelling than the last, but it all did still feel a touch predictable despite some fantastic action moments that still hold up to repeat viewing today.
Resident Evil: Afterlife
Albert Wesker, the head of the Umbrella Corporation, was the major adversary for the fourth installment in the franchise that featured a good supporting cast backing up Alice with Ali Larter (Heroes), Wentworth Miller (Prison Break), and Kim Coates (Sons of Anarchy) among the castmembers.
Resident Evil: Retribution
While still not doing much to improve the series’ overall Rotten Tomatoes score, this one did garner some praise with the action being singled out as something to laud it for, and the plot itself was significantly simpler and a lot more fascinating than what had come before – and yes, it made a ton of money too.
Alice is confined in an undersea facility in the Extreme North by the Umbrella Corporation and forced to attempt an escape in the fifth Resident Evil movie. Afterlife was hailed for its 3D, visual effects, and fight choreography, all of which were fantastic, and the comments are entirely justified.
Regrettably though, not so highly regarded were the plot, the acting, or the characters – which is not ideal. Yet fans of the series were not going to be persuaded by reviews like that since they were surely used to them at this time and no prizes for guessing whether this one also did well at the box office (it did) (it did).
Resident Evil: The Last Chapter
After six movies, the Resident Evil franchise as we know it came to a stop in 2016 with The Final Chapter, and oddly, this is the one that was reviewed the best out of all of them – it’s little wonder a remake was announced immediately after this came out.
Recurrent troublemaker and exceedingly wicked Albert Wesker has been cloned and, naturally, he betrays Alice and the gang and sets them against the might of the entire Umbrella organization in one final battle for survival.
How to Stream Resident Evil Movies?
Streaming the Resident Evil movies isn’t really difficult to do and you can easily keep up with all of them.
- Resident Evil (2002) – tubi
- Resident Evil: Apocalypse (2004) – not available for streaming
- Resident Evil: Extinction (2007) – tubi
- Resident Evil: Afterlife (2010) – not available for streaming
- Resident Evil: Retribution (2012) – fuboTV, Starz
- Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (2017) – not available for streaming
As you can see, certain movies are missing from the list right now, but the good news is that streaming platforms always change their lists, so they may make a return sooner rather than later. However, you can always rent the movies out for a few bucks.