Franchise installments: Resident Evil (2002), Resident Evil: Apocalypse (2004), Resident Evil: Extinction (2007), Resident Evil: Afterlife (2010), Resident Evil: Retribution (2012)
The Resident Evil film series is the perfect example of quantity over quality, and style over substance. Getting rid of all of the horror elements and atmosphere of their video game console counterparts, these movies rely heavily on special effects and action scenes to mask their onion-skin-thin plots. The series has also been besieged by multiple directors during its run, but the most notable helmer attached to the franchise is Paul W.S. Anderson, a man who has a style closer to Uwe Boll than Spielberg.
Every few years another one of these Resident Evil movies graces us with its presence, and none of them have gone out of their way to stand out from those that preceded it. Each film follows a similar plot where Alice (Milla Jovovich) has to battle against the evil Umbrella Corporation and its army of monsters and faux zombies. But instead of weaving a tight horror/conspiracy plot across each new installment, the Resident Evil series bludgeons us over the head with stylized action and violence that ultimately leads nowhere.
After five mediocre installments, we would understand if the studio threw in the towel, but we have a feeling that Anderson and Jovovich, who also happen to be married, aren’t quite done with us yet.