The longest-running live-action movie franchise based on videogames, the Resident Evil movies will have managed to survive critical and audience disdain for a decade and a half by the time its sixth entry, currently subtitled The Final Chapter, is released. Yes, it was all the way back in 2002 that Paul W.S. Anderson and now-wife Milla Jovovich began making movies that less and less had anything to do with the videogames, and to date have grossed almost a billion dollars worldwide. They started as horror movies and have since transitioned into almost pure action films. As such, even if the films, on the whole, haven't been great - and I'm saying that as someone who likes them - there have been some standout moments scattered throughout. Since it's Resident Evil Appreciation Week here on The Escapist, in honor of the game series' 20th anniversary, let's celebrate some of the best moments from the live-action Resident Evil movie franchise.
Spoilers follow. One scene per movie. Images may not relate to scene described.
#1: The Infected Have Escaped (Resident Evil)
The majority of Resident Evil takes place several stories beneath the surface of the Earth, features a select group of people, and seems to be an isolated incident. Most people don't make it out, but Alice (Jovovich) does - only to be captured by Umbrella Corporation scientists. She awakens later, disoriented, and unaware of what happened. After getting into the streets, which are empty and very much in post-apocalypse mode, it becomes apparent that the T-virus escaped the Hive and that the city is now in full-on totally-not-zombie mode. It's the franchise's Statue of Liberty moment, only instead of sentient apes running the planet, social order has fallen by the wayside, most of humanity finds itself wiped out, and totally-not-zombies are now the group with the largest population. Or, that's what would happen soon.