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Remember the "Resident Evil" Films? We're So Sorry

Now that Netflix is turning it into TV series, here are some of the most memorable insults to the Resident Evil film franchise.

The makers of the Resident Evil film franchise will turn their perfectly generic dystopia into a television series.

Netflix announced that it's working with Constantin Film, the studio that produced the six films starring Milla Jovovich, to create a scripted series to be released worldwide. According to Deadline's exclusive, the series will "explore the dark inner workings of the Umbrella Corporation and the new world order caused by the outbreak of the T-virus."

Originally a Capcom video game series, the Resident Evil film franchise has cumulatively earned $1.2 billion since its launch in 2002. It's earned the rank of the highest-grossing film series developed from a video game. Little information is forthcoming from Netflix about who will helm the new series. However, Johannes Roberts is said to be the writer/director of a separate reboot of the film franchise.

Considering the films' cult following and laundry list of offenses against quality film-making, according to critics, let's look back on some the most memorable reviews of the Resident Evil film series. Can Netflix surpass these critics' views on the franchise?

1. Resident Evil (2002)

"It all looks and plays like a $40 million version of a game you're more likely to enjoy on a computer." -Washington Post

"It's completely pointless" - Richard Roeper of Ebert & Roeper

2. Resident Evil: Apocalypse (2004)

"This is efficient, soul-numbing moviemaking, diverting enough for blistering September afternoons when what's onscreen is secondary to how high they've cranked the air conditioning." -L.A. Weekly

"The heart plummets at the prospects for a follow-up." -Time Out

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3. Resident Evil: Extinction (2007)

"The scariest visage is that of Alice, whose flawless, airbrushed complexion is either a throwback to Mulcahy's New Romantic pop promos or something dictated by Jovovich's L'Oréal contract." -Time Out

4. Resident Evil: Afterlife (2010)

"True to series form, plot is nearly indiscernible, but this fourth installment in the sci-fi/horror/action franchise created by writer-director Paul W.S. Anderson is the sleekest so far, thanks to 3D and star Milla Jovovich's body-hugging catsuit." -Chicago Reader

"Like pretty much all of Anderson's films, this one is half-baked. The half that's baked isn't too bad, though." -Film.com

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5. Resident Evil: Retribution (2012)

"Some sequels suggest that no one involved with a franchise really cares anymore." -Variety

"A zombie plague may have laid waste the world, but apparently supplies of black leather unitards have yet to be exhausted." -New York Times

6. Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (2017)

"Boasting a higher body count than its IQ, "Resident Evil: The Final Chapter" is violent, idiotic fun." -Los Angeles Times

"Promises, promises." -Hollywood Reporter


Meg Hanson is a Brooklyn-based writer, teacher and jaywalker. Find Meg at her website and on Twitter @megsoyung.


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