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Review of Alien: Resurrection (1997)

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Alien: Resurrection was an interesting departure from the previous three Alien movies. However, I think that the movie may have wandered a little too far from the horror roots of the original.

Set two hundred years later, corporate officers and ambitious scientists are just as corrupt and irresponsible as they were in the other films. Although the movie has a wealth of characters to draw material from, I can't help feeling that Ripley's character was not as developed as she was in the previous movies. Perhaps the creators of this movie were going for a distant and inhuman Ripley character, but I don't think it was the right choice.

The movie has enjoyable sections, but I really wish more time was spent with Ripley's character, revealing her changing psychology.

I'm also left questioning why Jean-Pierre Jeunet (talented director of 'Delicatessen' and 'City of Lost Children') was chosen to direct this movie. Although I love the other films of his that I have seen, I really don't think that horror is his forte. Some of the bloodiest scenes in the movie end up having a certain irony and comedic flare to them, which may upset people that were looking for a serious 'aliens rip through the flesh of screaming victims' hardcore movie.

That being said, although the movie didn't feel like an "Alien" movie to me, it was still watchable. Good performances by Dominique Pinon, Ron Perlman, and Winona Ryder.
Added by Joseph Grey
5 years ago on 21 April 2013 08:44


Posted: 5 years, 3 months ago at Apr 21 9:06
I think that Ripley's deviation from previously set character was due to the fact that this wasn't Ripley at all but a clone/alien-hybrid bred in a lab. Still, Weaver didn't breathe nearly as much life into this character as she has in so many other roles.

I agree that this was a vastly different Alien film and not at all like the others. It could have been just any run-of-the-mill sci-fi actioner except for the inclusion of the aliens themselves and the Ripley character.

That said, I still found it better than Alien 3 which, for me, was a huge disappointment after the first two incredible films in the franchise.

Just my thoughts. Nice essay, Joseph. I have to say that I agree with you; you made some good points here.
Posted: 5 years, 3 months ago at Apr 22 6:42
For me it's kind of a toss up whether Resurrection and Alien 3 is better or worse. I completely agree that Alien 3 was disappointing, mostly due to the fact that it didn't feel anything like a continuation of the story from the first two movies. One thing that did work for Alien 3 was that the setting and the story was very focused. At times, Alien: Resurrection felt like it might wander off into a few different directions, and although it ended up being okay, it often felt like the story was being written by more than one person.

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