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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.
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…
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…
I was going to take the high road and not review this, but watching it again last night it wasn't quite as bad as I remembered. But still pretty bad. There's some genuinely funny and creepy moments in it, but again not enough to hold together my interest enough to say it's worthy of the franchise. It's clear after watching the making-of there was care applied to some degree, but it feels like money was the bottom line regardless.
i can't believe i just rewatched all of firefly in 2 hours. thanks joss whedon!!!
My opinion on this film is that it is the unnecessary appendix of the series. I'm happy for that actors in it having gotten paying work out of it, but there's almost nothing else in it that moves me beyond indifference and a bafflement at the contortions gone through to arrive at what is a rather dumb story. It is proof that not everything Joss Whedon touches turns to gold.
...and please don't try "it's meant to be a parody" on me. I'm not having any.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
This is both worse and better than I remember it being. Worse because of the god awful dialogue and sexist characters who argue throughout the film, and better because I can see that the original idea was to lift what worked from the first 3 movies. It's an elevated version, but unfortunately we got the monster bug squishing title card scene...also the baby at the end always makes me cry.
Commentary by Ollie Harper and Casey Case Duncan
Definitely I enjoyed Alien: Resurrection.
Jean-Pierre Jeunet is a good director and he does a great job here, especially in the first two acts. Their shots, camera movements, are great and energy.
The Joss Whedon script has good ideas; Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) and Call (Winona Ryder) love each other; there's a badass wheelchair person; an android with more humanity than humans - it had already been explored in a sublime way in Blade Runner, but okay, still good.
And what to say about the scene Ripley finds her clones and the scene where her kills your son? DAMM, IT'S ICONIC!
But the film has its flaws. The CGI scenes, for example, are disastrous. And the last act is very bad. I believe that many scenes were written to serve as a tribute to the franchise, but are obvious and chiches.
Anyway, Alien: Resurrection is my second favorite film of the Alien franchise.
Not good. 5 very Whedon lines. Bizarre.
"My mommy always said there were no monsters. No real ones. But there are"
I think the Alien series is one of the few, if only, movies series where the minority, only 2 of the 7, of the entries resemble what the series is actually about. The Alien franchise is about claustrophobia, the sense of being stalked my a singular, seemingly unstoppable entity with allegories to rape. What it isn't about however is far fetched sci-fi action plots with ridiculous set pieces. Aliens only had this in little amounts and suffered slightly because of it, but Alien: Resurrection has this in spades and suffers greatly for it.
I will repeat, THIS ISN'T AN ALIEN MOVIE. This is a bare bones imitation of what the series once. It is only saved by Ron Perlman being as awesome as per usual and the so silly it's hilarious basketball sequence.
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