Starring: Milla Jovovich, Michelle Rodriguez, Eric Mabius, James Purefoy, Martin Crewes, Colin Salmon
Release Date: March 21, 2002
Video game movies had a strategy: go big, go dumb, and go loud. They weren't going to have incredible writing or incredible acting, but they could dazzle the audience with visuals to compensate. And the Resident Evil movie franchise was indicative of that mentality. The series, largely guided, written, and directed by Paul W.S. Anderson, was fun, popcorn entertainment, featuring Matrix-esque bullet-time shots, slow-mo impact shots, and lots of disgusting looking zombies.
It starred Alice (Milla Jovovich), who was created entirely for the movies and was not in any of the games. And although fans initially criticized the decision, it was probably the right move; there were fewer people over-analyzing the canonical consistency or demanding a slavishly faithful adaptation of the video games as a result.
There are six movies in the franchise; the most recent, Resident Evil: The Final Chapter was released in 2016. All six of them were commercial blockbusters; the fourth and sixth films both made over $300 million.