Alice (Resident Evil)
|Alice Abernathy / Janus Prospero|
|Resident Evil film character|
Alice as she appears in Resident Evil: Apocalypse
Paul W.S. Anderson
|Spouse(s)||Spence Parks (Fake Husband)|
|Significant other(s)||Carlos Oliveira|
Alice is a fictional character and the primary heroine of the Resident Evil film series, which is based on the video games of the same name. 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, Chris Redfield, Albert Wesker and Nemesis. Alice, portrayed by Milla Jovovich, plays the principal role in each film, the story lines all somewhat revolving around her and the struggle with the Umbrella Corporation. 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.
History[edit | edit source]
Resident Evil[edit | edit source]
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 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 Halon 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. Spence traps Alice and the team in the lab as she refuses to go along with his plan. Upon getting on the train with the anti-virus, Spence is killed by the Licker which the Red Queen released from captivity. Kaplan, who disables the Red Queen and escapes with the team, is also killed by the Licker. Rain, despite being given the anti-virus had turned anyway and she is eventually killed by Matt as they battle the Licker on the moving train. 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[edit | edit source]
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 Oliveira 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: Alice kills Angela under Dr. Isaacs' control and finally breaks loose and moves away from the group to keep them safe. After a while 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[edit | edit source]
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.
Resident Evil: Afterlife[edit | edit source]
Milla Jovovich reprises her role as Alice in Resident Evil: Afterlife, the fourth chapter of the Resident Evil film series. Alice and her clones fight Albert Wesker at the beginning of the film, and he injects Alice with a serum that deprives her of all her super-human based powers, including her telekinesis. Alice thanks him for this, as she is now fully human again. Alice escapes from the Tokyo facility, but not before chairman Wesker activates a bomb that destroys the facility and all of the clones. After barely escaping with her life, she flies to Alaska to find the chopper from Umbrella completely deserted, and the book that she gave K-Mart in Resident Evil: Extinction. She then finds Claire Redfield beaten up in the woods, wearing a mind control apparatus Umbrella subjected her to. Alice destroys the apparatus and finds out that Claire has lost all of her memory. They then fly together to Los Angeles Prison, where they stumble upon Claire's brother Chris Redfield and other survivors Bennent, Kim Yong, Crystal, and Luther West. They try to get out of the prison to stop Albert Wesker, but soon meet the Axe Man, an executioner Majini brought directly from the video game Resident Evil 5. Claire and Alice beat the Executioner and then travel together with Chris Redfield to have a final showdown with Albert Wesker. In the final battle, Alice, Claire and Chris face Wesker, whose powers prove too much for them and he defeats them. However, Alice, with the help of K-Mart, defeats Wesker and apparently kills him with a shot to the head. Wesker survives even though his head is blown open and Claire and Chris unload their pistols into him. Wesker survives and completely regenerates from his wounds and escapes on a helicopter, activating a bomb. However, Alice has placed the bomb on Wesker's chopper and it explodes, but a parachute is seen in the air after its explosion, presumably the escaped Wesker. After releasing all of the survivors on the Arcadia, Alice decides to turn it into a real sanctuary and broadcasts a message giving the ship's location and that its a sanctuary before spotting a massive fleet of Umbrella helicopters heading their way loaded with soldiers. The fleet is revealed to be led by her former comrade Jill Valentine, who is now under the control of the Umbrella mind control apparatus.
In literature[edit | edit source]
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 novels, such concepts such as Alice's surname (revealed to be Abernathy) and her home town are identified. 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. 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.
Concept and creation[edit | edit source]
Alice was an original character created for the films, 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 completely. Despite this, the film contains various references to the work, which included the concept of Alice's name.
Although the name Alice was given as the character's name prior to Resident Evil's release and is listed in the credits, her name is first spoken in Resident Evil: Apocalypse. Also in Apocalypse, at the end of the film, Jill Valentine and Carlos Oliveira, posing as Umbrella personnel, produce an identification document in which Alice is called Janus Prospero. A promotional document released by Screen Gems called The Raccoon City Times further confirm that Alice is a nickname and Janus Prospero is the character's real name. However, the novel Resident Evil: Apocalypse her name is Alice Abernathy.
Characteristics[edit | edit source]
In Resident Evil Alice is shown as an "ass-kicking person" 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. She is primarily portrayed in Apocalypse and Extinction as "a supremely efficient killing machine" 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." 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).
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See also[edit | edit source]
- Characters in the Resident Evil films
- List of women warriors in folklore, literature, and popular culture
References[edit | edit source]
- Resident Evil DVD audio commentary with Paul W.S. Anderson, Jeremy Bolt, Milla Jovovich and Michelle Rodriguez
- Raccoon City Times (PDF). Sony Pictures (1 July 2004). Retrieved on 3 October 2007
- Collura, Scott (21 September 2007). Resident Evil Movies Character Rundown. IGN. Retrieved on 5 October 2007
- Martin, Peter (22 September 2007). Review: Resident Evil: Extinction. cinematical.com. Retrieved on 5 October 2007
- Tyler, Josh (21 September 2007). Resident Evil: Extinction — Review. cinemablend.com. Retrieved on 5 October 2007
- Lot 212: RESIDENT EVIL 3 Alice (M. Jovovich) Knives. icollector.com. Retrieved on 28 October 2007
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