3/13/17 Movie Monday: Milla Jovovich Kicking Butt
Welcome to DMM’s 3/13/17 Movie Monday, where I’ll help you tackle movie night with brief reviews of movies and videos you may have missed that are worth the rental or purchase. This week, the spotlight is on Milla Jovovich, kicking butt and taking names in three different guises.
Milla Jovovich has appeared in numerous films where she plays an enhanced superhuman warrior of some type. Here are three of my favorites.
The Fifth Element (PG-13)
Bruce Willis, Milla Jovovich, and Gary Oldman star in acclaimed director Luc Besson’s outrageous sci-fi adventure, an extravagantly styled tale of good against evil set in an unbelievable twenty-third century world.
This movie is a sci-fi blowout that’s LOTS of fun. There’s action, comedy, and even some suspense. Jovovich plays the alien “perfect being” who’s been sent to save Earth from imminent destruction, and Bruce Willis plays the cab driver who reluctantly agrees to help. Jovovich brings the perfect blend of wide-eyed innocence and action hero to her role, and Willis is an excellent comic foil. The costumes and characters go over the top at times, but that’s part of what makes it so entertaining.
Milla Jovovich (Resident Evil, The Fifth Element), Cameron Bright (X-Men 3), Nick Chinlund (The Legend of Zorro) and William Fichtner (The Longest Yard) star. In the late 21st century, a subculture of humans have emerged who have been modified genetically by a vampire-like disease (Hemophagia), giving them enhanced speed, incredible stamina and acute intelligence, and as they are set apart from “normal” and “healthy” humans, the world is pushed to the brink of worldwide civil war (a war between humans and hemophages) aimed at the destruction of the “diseased” population. In the middle of this crossfire is Ultraviolet, an infected woman who finds herself protecting a nine-year-old boy who has been marked for death by the human government as he is believed to be a threat to humans.
Based on the popular graphic novel series, this movie has a lot of cool visual effects and of course, plenty of action. It imagines a world where the future has brought amazing technology like cybernetic implants, personal gravity fields and super-dimensional weapons, but good old fashioned corporate greed has as much of a chokehold on society as ever.
Resident Evil (R)
A special military unit fights a powerful, out-of-control supercomputer and hundreds of scientists who have mutated into flesh-eating creatures after a laboratory accident.
This one’s based on the mega-hit videogame series, but as one who’s never played the game I can promise you the film stands on its own. The first, and maybe still the best, movie about a pharmaceutical experiment gone awry that unleashes hordes of ravenous undead. It does get a little gory at times, but it’s pretty obviously CGI gore—reminiscent of the videogame, based on what I’ve seen in the game trailers—so it’s not that difficult to take.