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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 installment, 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…
....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!
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…
"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…
Alien 3 may be a controversial film in the franchise, but I found it to be a decent, if unfulfilling sequel to the original two great films. Alien: Resurrection on the other hand...well let's just say that there's a reason the Alien franchise took a seven year hiatus after this film came out (and even that was only a pseudo-Alien film).
Directed by visual French director Jean-Pierre Jeunet, who had previously given us the underrated science fiction classic The City of Lost Children, Alien: Resurrection indulges itself in more visual eye candy than Alien 3, though that is in service to a story that, while interesting on a basic level, fails to deliver on any of that interest and creates…
Slightly better than Alien 3 but not as good as the first two films. The movie walks the line between humorous and serious and contains more gory moments than necessary. The character of Ripley is watered down due to her genetic makeup, which makes the film less pleasurable to watch. Winona Ryder as "Call" brings some compassion and original Alien storytelling to the script but not enough to save it.
How disappointing... I actually enjoyed Alien3 for what it was, but this was kind of atrocious. The most irritating thing is that it is full of interesting concepts about hybrids and how the xenos are actually intelligent. That is mostly wasted. A few interesting scenes, and the first 30 minutes aren't half bad, but as the action starts and the overstylised cinematography kicks in, nothing stops the train from plumiting downhill. The worst thing about it for me, strangely enough, is that the script is next level awful - Weadon's weakest moment. Although i'm sure it's mainly to do with studio meddling. There are some very nice shots, and interesting concepts, but it's a blatant cash grab.
It gets two stars for having Ron Perlman....
It looses 3 stars for that weird Alien/Human abomination.....
Great ending of the Alien quadrilogy, the best SF ever!
I always loved this part. Great design and photography, lots of cool characters and action scenes. Weaver is really badass.
The underwater-ladder sequence is my favorite part of the entire series.
Really too bad they never made any more of Alien movies.
(meaning REAL Alien movies, with Weaver fighting them in continuity of this film)
All four are excellent and have so different styles and that's what make them so special.
I have watched it with a friend, and she watched the entire series for the first time. She said this one was the best.
I've watched now that "special edition" with the ending on Earth, in Paris... I hate it. It was much better to end it before they land.
Hope they'll make another one... ever... and that Weaver would be back!
Film #4 of the Alien Quadology.
I was very skeptical going into this film, so I was pleasantly surprised that this movie developed into a fun, action film. The characters were a little goofy including Weaver, but the movie did have some suspense and the aliens were great. I was thinking this is definitely a 3.5 star film because I was enjoying my fun, action film, but then IT happened. Yes, the climatic ending came and it was so awful and ridiculous that it practically ruined the whole movie. Take the last 15 minutes out and you have a worthy entry into the Alien Quadology.
Here are my final rankings:
1. Alien - just by a hair over...
2. Aliens - great sequel to the original
3. Alien Resurrection - if only the last 15 minutes were better
4. Alien 3 - Fincher, what did you do!
I'm fairly forgiving when it comes to the Alien franchise, but Resurrection is definitely the saddest entry: for every thing that the film gets right, there's at least a dozen things that go haywire wrong.
It also should be noted how embarrassing how Joss Whedon already had a template in place that he'd go back to over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over again. Do you have any other tricks?
Having killed off Ripley in Alien³, a fourth instalment was always going to have to be a bit different, and the producers clearly had style on their minds when they recruited Jean-Pierre Jeunet to direct. He certainly contributes a new tone to the series, and if it is possible to erase the memory of parts one to three, there are some things to admire in Alien Resurrection as a strangely beautiful and comic sci-fi nightmare.
The problems start when you look at it as Alien 4. Jeunet is not frightened by the alien; rather, he is simply in thrall to its design. His incongruity for the job shows in the staple scenes; in other hands, the underwater sequence could have been unbearably tense and frightening, but Jeunet seems hardly interested.
The end result is one of Hollywood’s more interesting failures—worth seeing, but not for the reasons it was supposed to be.
Äh, ja, mir fällt nicht mal ne Einleitung ein, so nichtssagend ist der Streifen. Aber was will man auch von einem vierten Teil erwarten. Kein Totalausfal, aber auch einfach nichts Besonderes. Irgendwie Durchschnitt.
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