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5. A Perfect Getaway (2009)

Starring Milla Jovovich and Steve Zahn as a newlywed couple on their honeymoon in Hawaii, A Perfect Getaway is a thriller that at first glance seems like standard run-of-the-mill fare until the shock twist towards the end. To give a full description as to why Milla’s nuanced performance should be included in her Top 10 would betray the plot of the film but ** MAJOR SPOILER ** what I will say is like Memento or Mulholland Drive, watching the film a second time gives a whole new context to their relationship as a couple and what lies beneath the seemingly innocuous exterior. Jovovich shows she’s capable of handling a complex character in “Cydney” and depth of that skill is revealed through repeated viewings. ** END OF SPOILER ** No shower scenes though. Sorry!

4. The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc (1999)

In their final collaboration together, Luc Besson directs Mi-Jo as “Joan of Arc” in a retelling of the classic story from French history. Joan of Arc is definitely considered a polarising film because like marmite, either you want to make sweet love to it or burn it like it was the alien from The Thing. It marks the first time in her young film career that Milla is cast in the lead role among a bevy of well-known actors including John Malkovich, Dustin Hoffman and Faye Dunaway. Milla gives a strong showing providing early evidence of her range as the wile-eyed, passionate and potentially insane warrior. You could even say she gives a… sizzling performance! Tee-hee! Too soon?

3. Dummy (2003)

With possibly the exception of Joan of Arc, Jovovich gives her most accomplished performance, this time playing against type in Dummy. Dummy is an offbeat comedy starring a pre-muscled Adrien Brody as a socially awkward ventriloquist named “Steven”, who gains confidence using his newfound talent. With a strong supporting cast behind it including the likes of Illeana Douglas and Vera Farmiga, Milla steals the show as The Brody’s equally peculiar but rowdy best friend, “Fangora”. Several standout moments include her transformation into a Yiddish Rock Star and the several interactions she has with Brody’s character – showing off good chemistry between the pair. One of the highest rated films on Rotten Tomatoes and a hidden gem waiting to find its way on your film rentals/downloads list. Like she says in the movie… “If I’m wrong, you can f*ck me.

2. Resident Evil (2002)

Resident Evil is the kind of film that a lot of us, including me, actually like but are possibly ashamed to admit it – look no further than the Audience Rating on Rotten Tomatoes. It might be partly because rather than be faithful to the source material, Paul W.S. Anderson continues to just do his own thing with it (cue nerd rage) and partly because we all know what the critics think of this film. That being said, it’s a still an entertaining film that we all enjoy watching. Why? Because, it’s an unashamedly music-video horror movie that consistently throws at us the kind of things that we of the MTV and videogame generation want to see: Zombies! Girls! Guns! Gore! Rejoice! Yes, Milla does the obligatory shower scene (I swear it’s stipulated in her contract or something) but what the fans remember her for is that it’s the first-time she carries a well-known franchise by herself successfully. It took 5 years to make good on the action heroine promise she showed back in 1997 (more on that later) but it was worth it as she does it with aplomb. Resident Evil made Milla Jovovich a household name (in my house anyway) and yes, although we would still like a “proper” Resident Evil film at some point, Milla’s turn as “Alice” softens the blow substantially in this film. The sequels on the other hand… *sigh* Okay, the third one was alright.

1. The Fifth Element (1997)

Probably the last great film from Luc Besson; 1997’s The Fifth Element was a sci-fi spectacular and also introduced the wider world to two then unknown actors who would become larger stars: Chris Tucker (who in his case, physically larger) and Besson’s then-wife Milla Jovovich. Jovovich gives an equally spell-binding and delightful performance as “Leeloo”, the ass-kicking, gibberish-speaking alien with fetching Tangerine hair and crazy outfits designed by fashion genius Jean-Paul Gaultier. Alongside stalwarts like Bruce Willis, Ian Holm and Gary Oldman, Milla holds her own as the pivotal character in this film around which the story revolves. From a personal standpoint, this is the film that first made me stand up and notice an emerging acting talent who had the rare combination of beauty, comedic-timing and physical combat prowess. Milla would gain steady work after this building a resume of films that would make her a bigger name in the industry but The Fifth Element is where it all started. The Fifth Element was the film that signalled IT’S MILLA TIME!

HONOURABLE MENTIONS
The Fourth Kind – A film that might’ve been called The Fourth Wall because it keeps breaking it. Milla is good in it though.
Resident Evil: Afterlife – The only half-decent sequel in my books but feel free to argue otherwise.
Dazed and Confused – All 5 seconds of it where she appears.
No Good Deed – Milla holds her own against Samuel L. Jackson.
.45 – Featuring multiple shower scenes. Seriously.
The Divine Comedy – Her music album is actually quite good too but I digress…

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  • gd smith said

    Faces in the Crowd is a pretty good thriller with an interesting premise. She plays someone suffering from face blindness trying to identify a serial killer.

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    • Sheridan Passell said
      Sheridan Passell

      Has it been released in the UK? Did you see it? Looks like it went straight to DVD in the US.

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  • Sheridan Passell said
    Sheridan Passell

    I haven’t watched Ultraviolet but from what footage I’ve seen it looks like an idea that’s not fully formed, like it needed another few drafts. The outdoor action is so cg that it looks hard to get involved with. Loved Equilibrium though.

    Quite liked the first Resident Evil, once I got over the disappointment of it not being set in the mansion of the initial game. Milla was good it.

    If anyone here likes thrillers definitely check out A Perfect Getaway, it’s excellent. And Milla’s great in it. But don’t read any reviews or message boards first because knowing the ending will reduce enjoyment a lot.

    The Fifth Element has, well, elements that really work but the whole thing just doesn’t hang together. Milla’s performance was great and basically deserved a better movie with a more coherent story.

    And that’s the thing with her in general, she’s often better than the movies she’s in.

    But most importantly, Milla Jovovich is the cinematic queen of the slow-motion jump. Ever since since she went off that building in The Fifth Element no one has jumped as much or as slow as her, from the four movies of the Resident Evil series to The Three Musketeers to Ultraviolet she has totally owned gravity.

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  • dalmatianjaws said

    Just rewatched Dummy and it’s a great little movie, very sweet and funny. She’s great in it.

    Ultraviolet is one of the worst movies I’ve ever seen. Period.

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  • David Hawk said

    Ultraviolet was a terrible, terrible movie, not one redeeming feature. I don’t really like whaling on a woman but shouldn’t this be a list of how/why did she get a part in any of these films? 😉

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  • Mahmoud El-Azzeh said

    Ouch Mr. Hawk! Ultraviolet is clearly a film that has been hacked to pieces by the studio simply to its disjointed and incoherent story but I included it here because visually its what we know Mi-Jo for : slow motion jumps, guns, martial arts and a damn cool bike sequence. Admittedly, The Fourth Kind might have been a better representation of her acting ability for the #10 spot but hindsight is a wonderful thing. I’m waiting for her to do more comedies!

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  • Mr Hoopla said

    I wasn’t going to be happy if Fifth Element wasn’t #1. Well played Sir.

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  • Xoxol said

    I think the 4th kind deserves a place in top 10….

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