Cast: Milla Jovovich, Bingbing Li, Sienna Guillory, Boris Kodjoe
Direction: Paul W.S.Anderson
Duration: 1 hour 36 minutes
The human race once again faces fear of extinction. And the only hope for survival, as always, is Alice ( Milla Jovovich).
Her name is Alice and that is her wonderland — a land you’d love to be a part of, specially if 3D is the way of life. Here cities do not exist for real; they are all but a part of the imagination and holographic representations called Sequences. There’s the New York sequence of bio chemicals, Tokyo sequence of artificial climate, Moscow sequence of snow-covered areas. In short, the setting (hi-tech stuff, we mean) is perfect.
Now for the action and all that scary stuff the Resident Evil series is usually made up of. Well, the fifth installment has its share of action — bullets, bombs and the zombies in thousands — that does make you sit up as the blood and gore hits your face. However, it’s only when the emphasis is too much on all that long drawn conversation leading to longer gaps in the action cuts, do you end up feeling a bit distracted. But then when the zombies and the Red Queen with her death threat – ‘You are all going to die down there’ — are back on screen, you know why the series has a strong fan base.
Finally, over to the main ‘hero’ of this wonderland – Alice, aka Milla. As always, like the quintessential female warrior, she plays the role almost to perfection, battling ogres and monsters of all shapes and sizes, and jumping off here, there, everywhere. What’s more, she also has Ada Wong ( Bingbing Li) to help her spill guts, specially when Milla is seen falling and running from her enemies (a couple of time).
Just one wish: Hope the sixth movies in the series – as made pretty evident in the last scene – has our Alice girl kicking some more butt. After all, that’s what she’s good at…. And that’s precisely what we want to see her do….