Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Leloo Dallas Multipass Fights All of The Zombies, or Thoughts on Milla Jovovivch and the Resident Evil Franchise

Prior to 2002, Milica Bogdanova Jovovich, the Ukranian actor/supermodel you know as Milla Jovovich was primarily known in the states for her starring role in The Fifth Element (1997), as Joan of Arc in The Messenger (1999) and perhaps Katinka Ingabogovinanana in Zoolander (2001).  But with Resident Evil (2002) Milla Jovovich found her defining franchise, her Mission Impossible, if you will, if we were to compare her to a certain height-challenged Scientologist who runs in every movie.  (Tom Cruise’s height, in case you care, and I know you do, comes in around at an optimistic 5’7”, while former Vogue model Milla Jovovich is 5’9”).
She may have an IMDb page of 47 credits (and counting) that goes back to 1988, however Milla Jovovich continues to return to her role as Alice, the former Umbrella Corporation operative, current genetically enhanced zombie fighter and all around bad ass.  She obviously has an affection for the character, as witnessed in appearances in Resident Evil (2002), Resident Evil: Apocalypse (2004), Resident Evil: Extinction (2007), Resident Evil: After Life (2010), Resident Evil: Retribution (2012) and currently Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (2017).
All six Resident Evils are essentially the same movie, but owing to high production values, excellent production design, judicious use of digital makeup effects for zombies and decapitations, Hong Kong style fight scenes and of course Milla Jovovich’s natural charisma and star power each movie is an entertaining circus of guns, zombies, mutants and naked Alice.  There’s always a nude scene in every movie, somehow it’s worked into the plot, I suppose Milla being European and all is more comfortable with her body.  Regardless, you can always count on zombies, guns, boobs and blood in a Resident Evil movie, and it just occurred to me that that would be an excellent alternate title for this post.
While Milla is the star of the franchise, she doesn’t mind sharing the spotlight with stellar casting decisions including Colin Salmon and Michelle Rodriguez as Rain Ocampo in the first Resident Evil (2002), Oded Fehr as Carlos Oliverar and SIenna Guillory as Jill Valentine in Resident Evil: Apocalypse (2004), and Ali Larter as Clair Redfield along with Ian Glen, you know Ser Jorah from that show about dragons as Dr. Isaacs in Resident Evil: Extinction (2007).  Wentworth Miller and Kim Coates appear in Resident Evil: After Life (2010) and Sienna, Michelle, Colin and Oded return in Resident Evil: Retribution (2012), along with Li BingBing as Ada Wong and Kevin Durant as Barry Burton.  Ali Larter is back in Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (2017), along with Iain Glen and now Ruby Rose as Abigail.  You know Ruby Rose as Stella from Orange is The New Black.
Being as this franchise is based on a video game I have never played, there’s a whole level of references that sail over my head, but it’s not necessary to be a gamer to enjoy the franchise.  Despite the sixth film being titled “The Final Chapter” it’s currently made over $135 million and if we’ve learned anything from Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (1984) it’s that even if Milla doesn’t return, a reboot is right around the corner.

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