This is the 2nd movie franchise in which Michelle Rodriguez returns from the dead.
Michelle Rodriguez: The Undfridgable Woman
I SAW THIS PREVIEW LAST NIGHT, AND THAT WAS THE VERY FIRST THING I THOUGHT OF. AND THEN I GOT LIKE, IRRATIONALLY UPSET ABOUT THIS DUMB MOVIE. WHY DO I EVEN CARE. cries.
Okay, so like. I get irrationally upset when ppl call the Resident Evil movies dumb.
I mean, they’re made by unabashed horror geeks, so a lot of the time the plot is composed more of horror shoutouts than actual plot. Movie #3 was basically “take every horror movie trope ever and drop in a box of zombies.” Literally. At one point a steel box full of zombies LITERALLY FALLS OUT OF THE SKY. But I don’t see that as dumb so much as pandering to the fanbase.
More importantly, they’re respectful of their fanbase, including their female fanbase. Partly, I think, because the director is married to Milla Jovovich. Partly because the female actors have actual geek cred. Ali Larter starred in the TV show Heroes. Michelle Rodriguez actually told her agent, years before the first movie was made, “if they ever make a Resident Evil movie you have to get me in” because it was her favorite video game.
#ACTUAL GAMER MICHELLE RODRIGUEZ
And then there’s the part where every single movie in the Resident Evil franchise passes the Bechdel Test. EVERY. SINGLE. ONE. I can count on two hands the number of beloved genre movies that pass the Bechdel test and Resident Evil takes up one entire hand.
I’ll go on to say that Alice is the only female superhero with a 5 movie franchise. THE ONLY ONE. Do you know how rare it is for any movie franchise to last that long, let alone one with a female superhero and numerous female side characters? Milla Jovovich has been playing Alice for longer than Christopher Reeve played Superman. For longer than Robert Downey Jr. has been Tony Stark. For longer than Johnny Depp has been Captain Jack Sparrow. FOR LONGER THAN BRUCE WILLIS HAS BEEN JOHN MCCLANE.
Basically she’s beat out everyone but Rocky.
And you can’t tell me if Rocky got in a boxing match with Alice, that Alice wouldn’t win.
What I’m saying is I have a lot of Resident Evil feels.