Silent J’s review:
I loved Alien. I loved Aliens even more. I was really disappointing with Alien 3. The one thing that really disappointed me the most was that, aside from Signourey Weaver as Ripley, there are no other characters I liked or even cared about. The first two films had such likable characters and for there to be no one to really root for, it's kinda heartbreaking. Not only that but, while some special effects look good, others look blatantly cheesy. The script does'nt use the story nor the characters to their full potential and it all amount to a messy script. Above all else, the magic from the last few films just isn't there here. The thrills and chills just are'nt there from the last films. This was David Fincher's first film and thank god he improved because this is a huge misstep for him.
It's not that this is bad, even if it steers very close in that direction. It's just that it does'nt offer anything new. The first film was something new for everyone. I don't think a combination of sci-fi and horror was ever attempted beforehand. At least not executed to perfection the way it was in Alien. Aliens was even better by not only utilizing horror and sci-fi to it's advantage, but it added elements of superb action with great character development within a human drama. This film is just the same song and dance with a few twists (some work, some don't) which if you've been a huge fan of both Alien and Aliens, can get pretty old after a while. This had potential, but the weak script just kills the film that nearly killed the franchise.