Milla Jovovich had been around for quite a few years before she took the title Alice in the Resident Evil movie series. Her portrayal of the character easily lifts her to the status of an iconic horror heroine, and also a perfect candidate for Women in Horror month.
When we first met Alice, she was a scared and confused woman in an empty mansion. She is quickly thrust into dealing with a strange zombie outbreak along with a group of commandos. Their mission: To infiltrate the underground labs beneath Raccoon City and stop the outbreak before it can be unleashed on the world. And they only have so long to accomplish their mission before the failsafe protocol will seal the labs forever.
The second installment, Apocalypse, deals with the aftermath. While Alice and her companion managed to seal the facility and escape, Umbrella Corporation decided to send a team in to investigate the lab. Thus allowing the T-Virus to escape into Raccoon City. Alice is now fighting to try and escape the city, which has been quarantined. At the end of this, she has not only escaped the city, but seems to have escaped the clutches of the Umbrella Corporation. At the end of the movie though, we see the Doctor that was holding her say something to the effect of “Activate Alice Protocol” and then Alice’s eyes flash an umbrella logo as she makes her escape.
The third installment, Extinction, seems to start where the first did. Alice is once again in the mansion. Within a few minutes, Alice is killed by a trap and her body dumped into a pit with hundreds of other Alice clones. Meanwhile the real Alice is out wandering the apocalyptic wasteland when she encounters a group looking for supplies. She helps them and we see she has developed telekinetic powers. Umbrella Corp wants desperately to recapture Alice at this point and Alice takes the fight back to them. In the process she discovers a clone facility creating hundreds of Alice clones. This one ends with a Japanese Umbrella Corp facility discussing the North American one has fallen. And then Alice sends them a message that she is coming for them, with her friends. The clones.
Afterlife, the fourth film, starts up with Alice and her army taking down the Japanese facility and then Alice escaping with the intent to go to Arcadia in Alaska. It is thought this is a safe haven city, but upon arrival Alice finds it under siege. She fights more zombies, including some big bad ass ones that are monstrous in size.
As of right now the fifth installment, Retribution, is the last (although a new one is announced for 2017 called The Final Chapter.) Retribution is rather complex. Let’s just leave it at there is at least one Alice, at least one Alice dies, at there are lots of zombies as well as plot twists that involve corporate conspiracy. It ends with a last stand in the White House.
Milla Jovovich has played Alice throughout the film series, and done a tremendous job of it. Prior to this, she was known for two things, playing opposite Bruce Willis in the Fifth Element wearing next to nothing, and having released a music cd with a hit song The Gentleman Who Fell. As she goes from movie to movie, her character continues to increase on the bad-ass meter. Long after you think she has already topped out the charts, she finds new levels to rise to. One thing I really enjoyed was the scene where Alice and her army of clones is attacking the facility. Each one was played by Milla, and she gave each of them a distinct personality and traits. If you watch, you will see them acting differently.
I for one am looking forward to a 6th installment of this fun franchise.