Resident Evil: Retribution, the fifth installment of the bloodthirsty franchise, finds Alice (Milla Jovovich) fighting alongside a resistance movement against the Umbrella Corporation and the undead.
As always, the central figure in this gritty and gripping tale is Alice, played once again with implacable ferocity by Milla Jovovich. âMilla is a huge factor in the success of the films,â says Bolt. âOne of the things that makes Resident EvilÂ interesting is that we present a woman as a convincing action hero. Sheâs tough as hell. Sheâs a leader; sheâs determined. If anybodyâs going to beat Umbrella, itâs Alice.â
Alice has evolved with each chapter of the ongoing saga, transforming from naĂŻve amnesiac to superhumanly gifted warrior and, now, a battered foot soldier in the ongoing war against the ultimate evil. After playing the character for a decade, Jovovich has come to know her more intimately and care more deeply about her action-hero alter ego.
âDoing this series has been such an adventure,â the actress says. âItâs always amazing to come back to this incredible, fantastical, magical world and to Alice. I know her so well now. I know how she will react, what she will and wonât do. Sheâs become a huge part of my life, and as I grow, she grows. Iâm always excited to see where sheâs going next.â
âMilla as Alice is a force to be reckoned with,â says producer Don Carmody. âShe is not only beautiful, sheâs also genuine and funny. People think of her as âMillaÂ Jovovich, the Russian supermodel,â but sheâs very down-to-earth, very accomplished and very dedicated. And nobody knows Alice better than she does, not even Paul.â
Alice was stripped of her superpowers in Resident Evil: Afterlife, a move that Jovovich believes was critical to the development of the character. âWeâve moved closer to the original Alice, who was a little more vulnerable,â she says. âWhen sheâs in danger, the audience can be scared for her because she canât just make everything explode. Sheâs still a badass, just not a superhero badass.â
As Alice becomes acclimated to being human again, she has to learn to trust and depend on those around her, adds Jovovich. âWithout her superpowers, she doesnât feel as isolated. She feels more in touch with other people, and she has to be much more of a team player. And she has been able to acquire bit of a sense of humor about it all. If all you do is go around killing zombies and being chased by Umbrella storm troopers, you may as well take it with a wink and a smile.â
When Anderson talks about the actress, who is also his wife, itâs clear she is his muse for the film series. âOver the last ten years, as this character has developed, weâve had the opportunity to see her grow as Milla has,â he says. âAlice was a blank slate in the first filmÂ because she had memory loss and knew nothing about herself. She has slowly gathered around her this family made up of other survivors of the apocalypse.
âThis is a big step for her,â he adds. âYou see a lot of conflictÂ come out of that because she is a hardened warrior who has sacrificed for the battle sheâs chosen to fight. She has given up family, friends and a future. Now, she is a slightly more complex character.â
Resident Evil: Retribution is available on Video On Demand starting Dec. 21. Check your cable system for availability.
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