At the request of a friend this article is happening. I am an avid fan of not only the games Resident Evil, but also a huge fan of the movies. Now we are five movies in and awaiting with bated breath the release of the six movie. From all I can tell this movie will be aptly titled "Rising." Now before we get too far into this article, let me make the warning quite clear. There are plenty of SPOILERS to be read about in the next few paragraphs. That being said... let's begin!
Now the largest difference between the movies and the games, at least for me, is the fact that Alice, Milla Jovovich's character is not in any of the games, she is solely done for the movies. This for me, means nothing. I loved her character. She is the driving force through the movies and is the main character that you (me, at least) cheer for through out the movies.
In the beginning, the movies start by introducing you to the hustle and bustle of a normal enough looking office. You see people milling around and working on as normal. The scene cuts to a vial being broken and that is when chaos ensues. We see everyone being killed, either by gas, an elevator, flooding the labs while locking the doors. The scene cuts to a young woman, (Milla) in the shower. Knocked out and not remembering a thing it all begins to slowly drop into chaos. Your learn that she was a security officer, one that was put into this mansion outside of Raccoon City, this way she could watch over the underground base known as the Hive. The Hive is an underground lab where scientists have been working on a biotoxin known as the T-Virus, ( the vial you saw earlier being broke. Now to shorten this and sum it up a bit let's let Alice sum it up as she does best. I will let her sum up not only the first but all the way to the fifth. :) Cause that makes this an easier explain.
"My name is Alice. I worked for the Umbrella Corporation...the largest and most powerful commercial entity in the world. I was head of security at a secret high-tech facility called the Hive...a giant underground laboratory developing experimental, viral weaponry. There was an incident. A virus escaped. A lot of people died.The trouble was, they didn't stay dead. The computer that controlled the Hive was a state-of-the-art...artificial intelligence: the Red Queen. The Red Queen responded to the threat of the viral outbreak in an extreme way. She went homicidal. The Red Queen attempted to kill everyone whether they were infected or not. Down. I managed to escape, but this was only the beginning. Viral outbreaks spread like wildfire...first across the United States, then the world. The T-Virus didn't just bring the dead back to life. It mutated them in terrifying ways. Despite the apocalypse they had created...the Umbrella Corporation continued to experiment with the deadly virus. I was infected. But the virus bonded with me on a cellular level. I developed powers. Your genetic structure is the key. I became different. Powerful. Unstoppable. As I got stronger, the human race became weaker. I tried my best to lead what survivors I could find to safety...but we were pursued relentlessly. Even my friend Jill Valentine was seized and brainwashed by Umbrella. Finally, I confronted the head of the Umbrella Corporation Albert Wesker. He robbed me of my powers, but I still managed to defeat him. At last, we thought it was over. We thought we had survived the horror. But we were wrong. Once again, we found ourselves fighting for our lives."
Now that is allot to take in at once, and honestly if you haven't seen the movies it is vague and barely lets you know what happened from first movie on. Suffice it to say that the first movie is only the beginning of a long and continually hard journey where you see not only the evolution of Alice but also the twisted and mangled T-virus victims. These include not only the normal victims but also the Tyrants and Lickers and my personal favorite Nemesis. Players of the game know just what a pain in the butt these guys were to fight, but watching them come to life on the screen and paid their due was a wonder.
Along the way we are introduced to many people that follow along in the story, JIll Valentine, Claire and Chris Redfield, and Leon Kennedy all of the STARS team. A few of the baddies from the games story make appearances but the only ones that stick are Ashford, Wesker, and Ada Wong. I hope to see that change in Rising.
Now all of this being said here is my hope for the next addition to this movie series, we end five on top of the White House watching as it completely surrounded and engulfed by infected. The team is back together and Wesker has given Alice back her bonding with the T-virus. The battle for what little is left of humanity and those uninfected is on. I hope that some of the loose strings are closed and we see an ending, (or continuing) worthy of Resident Evil. I want to see what happened to Angela Ashford, the little girl the Red Queen is based on and who in the second movie Alice saved. I would love to see them bring back Nemesis and see if he like Alice has adapted further to the T-virus. But I think most of all I want to see if the delve further into the origin of Wesker and of Umbrella Corp. Have you guys any thoughts on the coming movie, [Resident Evil 6](movie:671270)? What are your expectations for it? Likes or dislikes from the on screen adaptation?