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…
Alien Part 1 is a really good movie. Alien 4 not.
"Now I can't even remember her name."
The completely unnecessary sequel. Alien3 clearly should have been the end of the franchise. It was set up as such and should have remained so. The only positive thing about this film is that it makes its predecessor seem a little bit better than it actually was. I guess maybe I'm being a bit harsh on this one. It probably would have been a mediocre sci-fi film if it was released on its own, but the fact that it ties itself to the Alien franchise is where it takes its biggest hits. This one has got some brutal scenes and the aliens look good, but the storyline and the basic premise are pretty weak. At least it's the shortest film of the franchise.
I skipped 3 so sue me. This is basically Alien except with more CGI, more Aliens on the ship and two badass female leads except just 1.
Andrea actually stopped me from putting 'Alien: Resurrection' on, after we had viewed my most recently five starred review, because she didn't want my good mood to be spoilt. All this did, was inspired me to watch the film, I should have listened to her.
Alien: Resurrection isn't exactly a bad film, but it is such a badly thought out, convoluted mess, that is is extremely hard to take away the good points. The direction wasn't all terrible. the acting even though ham, felt in keeping with the tone. There are even some great action sequences, but any semblance of tension and horror, has been discarded for guns and gore.
With the franchise at an all time low following this,…
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
the alien child thing was kind of cute
Not terrible given that it's the worst in the series. I will never by Winona Ryder as being tough, even when the toughness is supposed to be fake.
This movie is the definition of a mixed bag.
For the first half or so I was thinking, "I don't quite understand the hate this one gets. Sure, it's not as good as the first two, but it's pretty much on par with 3, and actually has some interesting stuff going on."
But then things take a huge downhill turn and it becomes an absolute mess.
I actually liked the space pirate characters, as they had a little more personality to them, as opposed to all the prisoners in 3.
And, it being Jeunet, the film's visual direction was pretty good. Campy as it might have been, I actually found the diving sequence to be really intriguing from both a…
I always feel that this film has something in it but the great idea about cloning and is this Ripley really the same Ripley from the other series but instead we get a weird movie about a clone her being a mother of an alien hybrid that has great actors who would go on to be tv legends. The dialogue is a tad clunky at times and I always wonder if the script was better but got lost on the actors or Joss wrote a half assets script. The point of bringing a person who has an alien inside of them is silly and they can't seem to make a film without having an Andriod in it. Sigorney Weaver seems to only be in it for the cash rather than the film itself but the visuals are what makes this film so great. Not a great send off to an excellent series.
God, what a mess. It gets a half star for Sigourney's performance, which ALMOST makes it feel like a good movie.
Movies about/starring women. I originally started this list just as a reference for myself, but hopefully others will find it…
All the films mentioned by name in Kim Newman's definitive encyclopedia of horror films, Nightmare Movies. Well worth a read.…