Reelz Retrospective: 10 Years of Milla Jovovich and Resident Evil
08.28.12 by BJSprecher
Ten years ago, supermodel-turned-actress Milla Jovovich was still struggling to find a place for herself in Hollywood. She wowed sci-fi fans as Leeloo in The Fifth Element (1997) while barely saying anything intelligible and got some laughs as Katinka Ingabogovinanana in Zoolander (2001), but it wouldn't be until the 2002 video game adaptation Resident Evil that Jovovich found her calling as a badass, post-apocalyptic zombie-killer. Ten years and five movies later — the fifth installment, Resident Evil: Retribution, opens Sept. 14th — Jovovich has usurped the "queen of action movies" title from Sigourney Weaver, who previously wore the crown for her four-movie run as Ripley in the Alien series. Click the video above and join us as we look back on Jovovich's ten years in the Resident Evil franchise.
Resident Evil: Retribution was written and directed by Jovovich's husband, Paul W.S. Anderson (2010's Resident Evil: Afterlife). Here's the synopsis:
The Umbrella Corporation’s deadly T-virus continues to ravage the Earth, transforming the global population into legions of the flesh eating Undead. The human race’s last and only hope, Alice (Jovovich), awakens in the heart of Umbrella’s most clandestine operations facility and unveils more of her mysterious past as she delves further into the complex. Without a safe haven, Alice continues to hunt those responsible for the outbreak; a chase that takes her from Tokyo to New York, Washington, D.C. and Moscow, culminating in a mind-blowing revelation that will force her to rethink everything that she once thought to be true. Aided by newfound allies and familiar friends, Alice must fight to survive long enough to escape a hostile world on the brink of oblivion. The countdown has begun.
Joining Jovovich in Resident Evil: Retribution are Sienna Guillory as Jill Valentine, Oded Fehr as Carlos Olivera, Colin Salmon as One, Boris Kodjoe as Luther West, Kevin Durand as Barry Burton, Johann Urb as Leon S. Kennedy, and Li Bingbing as Ada Wong.