a list that is trying to contain every horror film made that is not lost and is found on the…
It's already too late.
Two hundred years after Lt. Ripley died, a group of scientists clone her, hoping to breed the ultimate weapon. But the new Ripley is full of surprises … as are the new aliens. Ripley must team with a band of smugglers to keep the creatures from reaching Earth.
A completely unnecessary sequel that proudly takes over the label of Alien franchise's weakest chapter & also features an odd bit of interspecies erotica, Alien: Resurrection was seen by many as an improvement over Alien³ when it released but that's only because this film didn't have to deal with the reputation of two genre-defining chapters of the franchise & unlike its preceding instalment, it only gets worse on multiple viewings.
Set 200 years after the events of Alien³, Alien: Resurrection finds Ellen Ripley resurrected back to life through successful cloning & has the alien queen surgically removed from her body. In the hope of breeding this magnificent life form & study its biology, human hosts are used which are delivered by mercenaries but when…
Let's say you're riding a bike. You ride by the local candy store, waving to the local elderly couple making bank off of the giving of cavities to children. You ride downtown, witnessing a live concert and the general atmosphere of a sunny afternoon. You ride by a local pizza place, smelling the delectable cheeses being melted and watching the delivery guy carry 15 pies stacked up on top of one another.
The day is perfect.
You join up with a friend. The friend is a troublemaker. He's always the one bringing a fart noisemaker everywhere he goes and he somehow finds the time to tepee every house on Halloween. He's a cool guy though. As you're going down the…
....and it's all over.
We're a long way away from Ridley Scott's Alien (about 257 years or so) but with Fincher's empty Alien 3 diverting the franchise into existential gothic horror, at least Alien: Resurrection tries to have some fun.
It looks like an early outline for writer Joss Whedons own Firefly series, with a story in which he pits a roguish band of space pirates against our favourite face-fucking xenomorphs.
It's a little daft (Dan Hedaya stand up) and awkwardly macho (Big Ron P you're up) but there are some action sequences here - that in no way rival the punk rockness of Cameron's Aliens - but that do excite and raise the hearts BPM.
Sigourney Weaver often feels like a supporting character in her own damn story but Alien: Resurrection isn't a bad film, it's just not a very good one.
I've never thought about fucking a robot, but Winona would make me reconsider.
In 1979: In space, no one could hear you scream.
In 1997: In space, no one gave a fuck.
I tried so hard to avoid watching this film. I have'nt heard good things about it and I wanted to keep my love for the Alien franchise intact. Then I thought, "Why not! Prometheus is about to come out so I might as well go in seeing all the Alien films. It can't be as bad as Alien 3. This can't be THAT bad!" and it was'nt THAT bad. It was much, much, much, much, MUCH worse.
I don't understand how such a great franchise can be ruined by one film, and I saw The Matrix Revolutions AND Batman & Robin! I…
You read that star rating right, motherfuckers.
I feel like a YouTube commenter wishing for the good old days when movies like Alien Resurrection were getting made, but seriously, how many big-budget tentpole movies are getting made now (or, let's be honest with ourselves, then) where the thumbprints of at least three separate authors are visible in addition to the studio-demanded stuff? You've got Jean-Pierre Jeunet combining oddball, arty directorial choices (like a shot that takes the POV of Winona Ryder's fist as she punches J.E. Freeman in the face) with seemingly Evil Dead 2-inspired action scenes, Joss Whedon giving space assholes gruff dialogue to spit out, Darius Khondji making things all warm and dark and prettylike, and Sigourney Weaver…
The black sheep of the Alien family. There's some really hokey dialog here, especially from Ripley, but I love the Euro surrealism it has going on, not to mention some very gooey, violent alien action. It's a little bit twisted and weird but I've always liked this installment.
"If those things get loose, it's gonna make the Lacerta Plague look like a fucking square dance!"
First off, that line and the random "trying to drink with boxing gloves" bit has me wanting to watch every Winona Ryder movie again as soon as possible. Like I said in my Alien 3 review, I just love what they did with these movies and I wish there were more (I know, finally we're getting another one, but it's 20 years, imagine how many other directors could've had a go in that time). I mean, who wouldn't want to see a Jean-Pierre Jeunet Alien movie, whether it worked or not? I love that these directors felt they could maybe try things in…
Compared to Alien 3 this looks like the Godfather. Compared to Aliens this is like the Grease sequel.
As a standalone it's perfectly ok, adequate, fun, fine. It was always going to suffer by the inevitable comparison of the first two movies.
The third best in the series, with Alien and Aliens being several leagues above the others. Good effort Joss Whedon, who managed to offer something different to the saga.
Alien Day 426 Marathon
While Alien Resurrection is something of an odd duck, particularly when compared to the rest of the franchise, it's still a lot of fun and very quirky and uses its odd elements to be very memorable - for better or worse depending on your taste.
Quickie Review: #AlienDay426 Edition Part 4 of 5
The first major American film from acclaimed French filmmaker Jean-Pierre Jeunot ("Delicatessen", "Amélié"), the 4th installment of the "Alien" series tries to redeem themselves after "Alien3" by trying too hard to be like "Alien" & "Aliens" and fails most of the time. However, the underwater sequence and Ron Perlman's scene-stealing turn as Johner are ultimately the saving graces of what is a mangled, CG-soaked mess.
Watched the 'Special Edition' version of the film.
This film reminds me of Planet of the Apes where they blew up the Earth in the second movie but still made three unnecessary sequels. One would think that over 200 years after Alien 3 the scientists would have grown smarter, but they and the military behave just as stupidly as ever except for the 8 or so essential characters. Still worthwhile for the clone scene and the final xenomorph.
One wouldn't think of pairing Jean-Pierre Jeunet, a half of the directing team responsible (in the 90's) for the very good Delicatessen and visual masterwork City of Lost Children, and Joss Whedon, a comedy writer fresh off an Oscar nomination for Toy Story (yes, there was a time) and just about to start Buffy the Vampire Slayer. But here they are, taking the franchise that started with Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) into another direction.
It's one that's promising, and in a very "sci-fi"-like approach: 200 years in the future, the little remains left of Ripley after the end of Alien3 (you know, the one where she, uh, throws herself into the fire), is taken by evil corporation guys who clone her…
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