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Alice
Resident Evil film character
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First appearance Resident Evil
Portrayed by Milla Jovovich
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Species Human
Gender Female
Significant other(s) Spence Parks (Fake Husband)
Age 26 (Resident Evil)
32 (Resident Evil: Extinction)

Alice is a fictional character and the primary heroine of the Resident Evil film series, based on the video game series of the same name. The character, portrayed by Milla Jovovich, was specifically created for the films.

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Biography

Though she is not a playable character in the game series, she does eventually interact with a number of characters from the games, including Jill Valentine, Carlos Oliveira, Claire Redfield and Nemesis. Alice plays the principal role in each film, the story lines all somewhat revolving around her and the struggle with the Umbrella Corporation (the company she used to work for). In Resident Evil, she is displayed as suffering from amnesia. In Resident Evil: Apocalypse, her character is portrayed as tough and rugged, as she is more familiar with the situation surrounding her. She plays a similar role in Resident Evil: Extinction. Apart from the films, she appears in the film's novelizations where her background is explained; however, the novels and the films are not considered canon.

Alice is portrayed by Milla Jovovich in all three films and is also known as "Alice Abernathy", "Janus Prospero", and "Alice Parks". The Umbrella Corporation, however, has been known to refer to her as "Project Alice" or "Program Alice".

History

Alice is shown in a promotional image from Resident Evil posing in the laser room.
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Resident Evil

In Resident Evil, Alice is a security operative working for the Umbrella Corporation. She and Spence Parks, posing as a married couple for cover, were placed at a mansion outside Raccoon City that is an entrance to The Hive, a functional large top secret underground laboratory owned and operated by the Umbrella Corporation, built a half mile underground.

Waking up with amnesia, she recalls nothing of this and that joins Matt Addison, an environmentalist posing as a police officer, and a team of commandos who take them and venture into the Hive to investigate why the artificial intelligence computer, the Red Queen, killed all the employees. Spence is found, appearing to suffer from amnesia like Alice, and it is revealed that the memory loss was caused when a nerve gas was released into the mansion by the Red Queen to prevent a viral outbreak from spreading. Despite working for Umbrella, it's revealed Alice was willing to expose Umbrella's dangerous and illegal experiments in order to bring the company down. She is shown to be the contact of Matt's sister, Lisa Addison, who was trying to smuggle out a sample of the T-Virus; Alice tells this to Matt. However, at the end of the film, Spence, who was having a real relationship with Alice while playing the part of her husband, is revealed to have found out about her plans. Misinterpreting Alice's intention to bring Umbrella down, Spence had stolen T-Virus samples with the intent to sell them on the black market for both of them, releasing the virus in the Hive to cover their tracks. Alice refuses to go along with Spence's plan, and eventually kills him when he re-animates into a zombie. Upon getting on the train it is attacked by a bioweapon. Kaplan meets his end as the Licker kills him. Rain, despite being giving the anti-virus had turned anyway and she is eventually killed by Matt. Alice and Matt are the only survivors to escape the Hive. Upon returning to the mansion, both are seized by Umbrella scientists and taken into quarantine at the Raccoon City Hospital. Alice awakens on an operating table in a white room with no knowledge of what has happened, heading outside, she sees the infection has ravaged Raccoon City.

Resident Evil: Apocalypse

In Resident Evil: Apocalypse, Alice discovers that she has been genetically altered by exposure to the T-Virus. Alice is explained to have adapted to the changes from the T-Virus, merging human characteristics and heightened strength, speed, and agility. During the evacuation of Raccoon City, Alice is released by the Umbrella employed Major Timothy Cain to combat their latest bio-weapon Nemesis.

She joins survivors led by S.T.A.R.S. officer Jill Valentine. The group make a deal with Umbrella scientist Dr. Charles Ashford to rescue his daughter, Angela Ashford, in exchange for a safe route out of the city, knowing that at sunrise a nuclear bomb will level the city. She finds Angela and joins U.B.C.S soldier Carlos Olivera and civilian L.J.. They head to City Hall for the evacuation, but Major Cain overrules Dr. Ashford's plan and captures the group. He forces Alice to fight Nemesis, and they engage in battle, in which Alice emerges victorious, however, she discovers Nemesis was once Matt Addison and Alice refuses to kill him. Major Cain orders Nemesis to kill Alice, but Nemesis instead aids Alice's group in their escape; Nemesis perishes protecting Alice. In the helicopter, Alice is impaled by a loose pole when protecting Angela; the helicopter then crashed in the Arklay Mountains. Later an Umbrella team led by Dr. Isaacs retrieve Alice from the helicopter wreckage for further experimentation.

Three weeks later, Alice, fully healed, is released from suspended animation and escapes the facility using her new telekinetic powers. Leaving the facility, Alice is confronted by a group of armed guards and is saved by Jill , L.J, and Carlos (accompanied by Angela), posing as Umbrella agents. During their departure, Isaacs orders the security guards to let them go. As they depart, Isaacs orders the activation of "Program Alice" and the Umbrella logo flashes in Alice's eyes. Between the end of Apocalypse and Extinction there are certain events that happened mentioned only once or twice during the third movie. In which Alice kills Angela under Dr. Isaacs' control and finally breaks lose and moves away from the group to keep them safe. After awhile Carlos and L.J. join Claire Redfield's convoy and set out to find a safe haven while rescuing a number of survivors.

Resident Evil: Extinction

In Resident Evil: Extinction, where the world has succumbed to the T-Virus, Alice has separated from the group. She stays on the move to avoid capture by the Umbrella corporation after she learned Umbrella could track her through satellites. She left the group to protect them, using the satellites trajectories to stay off the grid. On her travels she finds a journal detailing the possibility of Alaska as a sanctuary, isolated from the rest of the T-virus-infested world. However, the Umbrella corporation is utilizing the White Queen, a more advanced artificial intelligence computer that is able to find Alice. Early in the film, she uses her mental powers to save Claire Redfield's Convoy—the convoy which L.J. and Carlos have since joined. However, in doing so, the massive psionic activity produced by Alice is detected by the White Queen through their Umbrella satellites, and Isaacs is then made aware of her location. The leaders of the convoy, decide to make the trip to Alaska, but first refuel in Las Vegas. Isaacs goes after Alice, defying orders from Umbrella Chairman Albert Wesker.

During a battle between the zombies and survivors, Isaacs attempts to shut down Alice, the Umbrella logo flashes in her eyes and Alice freezes in place. She is able to overcome it, "frying" the satellite's processor through her advanced mental powers. She then goes after Isaacs, but he manages to escape but not before being bitten by an advanced version of a zombie which he had tried to domesticate using blood samples from Alice's clones (which Isaacs, as seen at the beginning of the film, had been testing for any similarities to the authentic Alice's physical and mental capabilities). Those left head to the Umbrella base and the now-infected Carlos briefly kisses Alice before driving an oil truck loaded with dynamite into a horde of zombies to clear the way. The convoy leaves on helicopter while Alice stays behind. She meets with the White Queen who informs her that the cure to the infection would lie in Alice's blood. Alice pursues Isaacs into the lower levels, even seeing a clone of herself, but is soon attacked by Isaacs, who has since mutated into a monster (the Tyrant). The clone awakens, seemingly dying soon after. Alice follows Isaacs into a replica of the mansion from the first film. The two fight, both using telekinesis, and eventually make their way into the laser room, also from the first film. The lasers cut Isaacs into pieces and just as Alice is going to meet the same fate, the lasers dissipate, turned off by Alice's clone.

Afterwards Alice, via holographic technology, interrupts a meeting between Wesker and the other Umbrella executives. She tells them that she is coming after them and will bring "a few friends." Standing beside the awakened clone, they look out into a room filled with hundreds more, and as other clones begin to wake, the film ends.

In literature

Alice appears in the three novelizations of the films. The novels, for the most part, retell the events of the film in greater detail and provide some additional information. In the novel, such concepts such as Alice's surname (revealed to be Abernathy) and her home town is exposed. It is never revealed in the film if Alice remembers any of her past beyond the flashbacks in Resident Evil, but in the novel, she has regained that memory. The novels explain in greater detail her relationships. The first focuses on hers with Spence and the third has the possible relationship of her with ex-U.B.C.S soldier, Carlos Olivera. Although it is implied in the second novelization that Carlos and Alice knew each other before their meeting in the cafeteria. It is revealed, in the third novel, that Carlos does have feelings for her and that some of Alice's thoughts rest on him while she is away from him.

It also sheds light on other friends she has made over the years, what she does to protect them and goes into depth on her thoughts about them. However, the ideas explored in the novel are for the most part not explored in the film, and are added from the author's point of view. The facts of Alice's background are typically not considered canon like the films.

Concept and creation

Alice was an original character created for the film, although writer Paul W.S. Anderson noted that Alice was based from the ideals of the strong women in the Resident Evil games. Anderson initially toyed with the idea of the film being an allegory to Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, but the idea was not followed through. Despite that, the movie contains various references to the work. That included the concept of Alice's name.[1] Although the name Alice was given as the character's name previous to Resident Evil's release, her name is never said in the film; it is, however, listed in the credits. Resident Evil: Apocalypse is the first instance of the spoken use of Alice as the character's name. In Apocalypse, for a brief moment in the film, a document is shown having Alice's name as Janus Prospero.[2] According to the Apocalypse and Resident Evil: Extinction websites, and a promotional document released by Screen Gems called The Raccoon City Times, Alice is a nickname and Janus Prospero is the character's real name; this is never further explored or mentioned in any of the films.[3] In the novel, her name is revealed to be Alice Abernathy, and like Prospero, it was never explored in any of the films.

Characteristics

In Resident Evil Alice is shown as an "ass-kicking amnesiac" and since then she has been an "iconic figure and is closely associated with the series," becoming far more skilled and rugged since her first appearance.[4] She is primarily portrayed in Apocalypse and Extinction as "a supremely efficient killing machine"[5] and bio-weapon, while in the first film, she is shown first recognizing her abilities as a highly trained yet human security operative. Alice's superhuman abilities, as well as the use of various styles of martial arts and gun play have made her an almost super hero style of character and has one "cheering for her instead of wondering how the hell she managed to suddenly become Spider-Man."[6] For example, in Apocalypse, after her exposure to the T-virus, she displayed psychic powers (akin to those of Alexia Ashford, in the video game Resident Evil Code: Veronica) and was able to use those powers to kill a security guard with a glance (through a monitor). She also had the ability to jump long distances, as seen in her initial confrontation with Nemesis. In Extinction, her powers had developed further, for example, she displays even greater control over her telekinesis (however she still experiences blackouts and massive headaches if she pushes her powers too far). Apparently, she also has great regenerative abilities as she is able to suck energy from the surrounding air and regenerate her fatal wounds at the end of Apocalypse.

Weapons

The twin kukhri knives Alice uses in Resident Evil: Extinction are a visual reference to Resident Evil: Apocalypse in which she uses two batons to fight Umbrella guards.[citation needed] The image was used on many promotional images and the film posters. The kukhri knife props have an aluminum blade with wood handles, and measure approximately 19.5 inches.[7] According to the novel she took these from the scavengers and the zombie dogs she killed at KLKB. She also uses many different varieties of firearms. She seems to prefer 1911 type .45 ACP pistols, and keeps two of them as her sidearms in the second and third films.

See also

References

  1. ^ Resident Evil film commentary
  2. ^ In the ending scene with Carlos and Jill rescuing Alice from the Umbrella facility, the false papers Carlos hands to an Umbrella guard list Alice as Project Janus Prospero
  3. ^ "Raccoon City Times" (PDF). Sony Pictures. http://www.sonypictures.com/movies/residentevilapocalypse/site/raccooncitynews.pdf. Retrieved 2007-10-03. 
  4. ^ "Alice". IGN. http://stars.ign.com/articles/822/822250p1.html. Retrieved 2007-10-05. 
  5. ^ "Review: Resident Evil: Extinction". cinematical.com. http://www.cinematical.com/2007/09/22/review-resident-evil-extinction/. Retrieved 2007-10-05. 
  6. ^ "Resident Evil: Extinction — Review". cinemablend.com. http://www.cinemablend.com/reviews/Resident-Evil-Extinction-2609.html. Retrieved 2007-10-05. 
  7. ^ "Lot 212: RESIDENT EVIL 3 Alice (M. Jovovich)Knives". icollector.com. http://www.icollector.com/item.aspx?lid=7313734. Retrieved 2007-10-28. 

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