Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Milla Jovovich- The Resident Evil films (2002-2010)

Taking a turn from the likes of the slasher film and the suspenseful thriller, the Horror Woman today inhabits the action horror genre. Milla Jovovich has made a career from playing the incredibly powerful Alice over the course of four films, with another sequel in the works.


The Resident Evil films are based on the incredibly popular video game franchise. Most video game adaptations are thoughtless vehicles for visual effects and terrible performances from the actors. While Resident Evil (Anderson, 2002) and it's three sequels may follow a very specific formula in each film, I would place them over any other video game adaptation to date. The main reason that these films succeed is the character of Alice, who ironically enough is not in any of the video fames. Jovovich's performance is commanding and exciting to watch. In the first film, Jovovich proves that she is an even greater action star than Michelle Rodriguez.


One must remember that these films were not created as Oscar bait. These are made purely to entertain the fans, and that is what they do. With the great success of the Resident Evil: Afterlife (Anderson, 2010), which utilized the same camera technology that was used for Avatar (Cameron, 2009), the fans have shown that they have not yet tired of Alice's zombie slaying. The action sequences in this franchise have developed and advanced to such a high degree that they are truly exception in Afterlife.


When you think of Milla Jovovich, the first thing that comes to mind is the Resident Evil franchise. She starred in several films such as Chaplin (Attenborough, 1992) and The Fifth Element (Besson, 1997) before fighting the T Virus and the monsters that it spawned. It is through her work as Alice, however, that has gained her fan base and her action heroine persona. Needless to say, I greatly look forward to seeing Alice killing some vicious zombies on the big screen again next year!

Check back tomorrow for some more Epic Ladies of Horror!

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