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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.
....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 a good fair few beats above dead.
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.
For a minute there I thought I was watching Blue is the Warmest Color when Ripley and the Newborn were engaged in a heavy petting session!
It's the kind of film you should publicly denounce with vehement disgust and secretly enjoy in the privacy of your own home! I prefer to embrace my insanity and go against the flow and admit this is a guilty pleasure!
Granted as an Alien sequel it's intolerable! As a stand alone film it has its moments!
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…
"Mercy please! Just let me die!"- Me while watching Alien: Resurrection
Jesus. . . and I thought that the theatrical cut of Alien 3 was bad! I thought the Star Wars prequels were bad! I thought that the fourth Indiana Jones film was bad! Alien: Resurrection manages what seemed to be impossible: it makes those films look good. It is quite possibly the worst film I've ever seen. And unlike Alien 3 there is no alternative cut of the film that is miles better. That's right we are stuck with this piece of shit. When talking about the biggest drop offs in quality from a film to its sequel, this one has got to take the cake for me. The…
Jean-Pierre Jeunet is a talented director. With his directorial CV the Alien franchise was passed on to a man with both style and vision. This may be the least appreciated of the current films,but does have some interesting ideas and set pieces.
Everyone thought that the franchise died with Ellen Ripley's sacrifice at the end of Fincher's Alien 3.Not so as hundreds of years later another bunch of unscrupulous scientists attempt to tame and control Ripley's xenomorph nemesis. Filled with great character actors including Brad Dourif,Michael Wincott,Ron Perlman and the world's hairiest actor in Dan Hedaya,this is a solid addition to the Alien world.
Featuring some shocking twists and an early death of a main character Jeunet keeps the tension…
My justification for liking this a tiny little bit more than the others:
Ripley is absolutely amazingly badass in this sequel. She were pretty kick butt in the others as well, but never reached this level of badassness. Gary Dourdan is wonderfully droolworthy. The glorious gore is glorious.
The Alien/human hybrid is kind of laughable, but earns a few extra points for being slightly more creepy than the actual Aliens.
This film also proves my point of having "romantic" feelings for certain classics or older movies.
If you have seen them when you were younger, you will most likely look back and feel a little bubble of love floating around in your tummy.
This is the only Alien film I ever saw as a kid, and I'm starting to feel the nostalgia resurfacing.
The sleepless nights, the fear of going to the bathroom after sundown, the darkness in my room being a lot darker than normal.
So bad it's actually fun. Just ridiculous from beginning to end, most of the things the characters do hardly make sense. It's just delightfully cheesy...and so many Whedonisms, it's hard to keep track of. It's almost a parody of the Alien franchise. Thank god it didn't take itself as seriously as Alien3.
I Like 1997's Alien: Resurrection, I Like It Because 1979's Alien Is One Of My Favorite Films.
The star is for the visuals.
You just don't need this much comedy in an Alien film.
I admire their choice of director and their choice of screenwriter but the humour just doesn't work. If they'd approached the whole film the same way they tackled the underwater sequence it would be a different story on how this film is viewed.
As surely as slime-encrusted pods and chest-popping aliens, the Alien series has regularly allowed directors on the cusp of Hollywood acceptance to assume it's directing chores. First it was Ridley Scott, then James Cameron and David Fincher followed suit. Whose turn was it now? Step forward, French arthouse hero Jean-Pierre Jeunet. Best known for his work with co-director Marc Caro, Jeunet had sole credit here, with Caro only on board as design supervisor. The film, however, greatly resembles their work on their earlier hits Delicatessen and The City Of Lost Children, and Jeunet creates a fantastic environment with a scrappy, lived-in aesthetic that's heavily inspired from Star Wars. Unfortunately, the production design is the best thing that Alien Resurrection has…
Rounding off the Alien Quadrilogy box-set, a film that is often seen as the weakest in the canon, which certainly can't be argued against; it has a higher rating on rotten tomatoes than Alien3, (by a good 10%) and also has some of the oddest sequences in a mainstream sci-fi/horror action thriller ever.
I originally gave this film 1 star, but have given it another because I wanted to judge it on its own merits - the poor reviews and brickbats should be thrown at the producers (namely the 20th century fox lackies) who fucked about this film as much as the scientists did to make a new Ripley... the fact that Joss Weedon wrote the screenplay and Jean-Pierre Jenet…
It looks like a Jeunet film and is scripted like a Joss Whedon film, which is exactly what it is. When it starts off its pretty much Firefly and then it turns into an early Whedon attempt at creating the ultimate nerdgasm with the aliens doing everything you could possibly think of and stretching the canon to the absolute limit. Pretty much just an Alien fanfiction come to life. It's fun and trashy and minus the fact that it feels like way too much was cut out, its a good time.
Some people really hate this film and think it is utter garbage. I don't hate it but know that this film is by far the worst one out of the four. I think one of the biggest problem is the director because he has a very distinct style to his films and that style doesn't work nearly as well as the other directors. I've read that Joss had written a fairly funny script and then when they made it, the film wasn't funny which I can believe. I feel like a lot of the film has great stuff in it but then again at the same time, some of it is awful looking like the terrible cgi in the film and the last act with the humanish alien. This film like the others has a great cast of characters in it.
Watched both the original and the special edition. The special edition merely changes the opening credits and I found it rather pointless. I am a bit creeped out by Ripley in this one as she straddles the line between a loving mother figure and a destroyer. The altered aliens were not my favorite. It is an okay movie but my least favorite of the series.
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What films am I missing?