Alien 3 1992
- Director: David Fincher
- Based on Book: no
- Cast: Sigourney Weaver, Charles S. Dutton, Charles Dance, Paul McGann, Danny Webb, Pete Postlewaite
- Personal “oh yeah him/her” reaction, i.e. have seen this actor/actress in:
- Sigourney Weaver – lots, for example Working Girl, Dave, Death and the Maiden, The Ice Storm, A Map of the World, Holes, Snow Cake, Be Kind Rewind, Avatar, and of course the other Alien movies.
- Charles S. Dutton – Honeydripper, Secret Window, Homicide Life on the Street
- Charles Dance – Black and White, Gosford Park, Hilary and Jackie
- Paul McGann – Our Mutual Friend
- Danny Webb – Henry V, Valkyrie, Shackleton, Twelfth Nigh
- Pete Postlewaite – Brassed Off, The Constant Gardener, The Shipping News, Romeo and Juliet, The Last Mohican, Hamlet
- Why bought: classic sci fi, recommended by friend ÖB.
- Seen: once – September 21, 2012
Cool. Almost more philosophical than the first one with lots of gender issues. Ripley ends up on as maximum security planet with a couple of dozen real baddies – murderers, rapists and whatnot. They don’t like having a woman in their macho, neo-Christian midst. Does that bother her? Not Ripley. She’s a toughie.
The religious aspect is quite interesting. It seems reasonable that these guys without hope would create hope for themselves by believing – recently starting to believe – in the apocalypse. The good guy Clemons (Dance) stands apart and observes this phenomenon as do others. It is not a religious movie. The message is that religion doesn’t help against aliens. It would be ridiculous if it did.
The gender thing works out pretty well too. Ripley manages fine except when being attacked by three thugs at once – she is saved by a forth sort-of hero but not in a damsel in distress way. And she ends up leading the fight against the aliens.
Which is in the second half after the rather contemplative first half and it becomes the mad running, chasing, flame-throwing battle of the first two films. Confusing, as this kind of scene often is, but exciting enough. And in the end Ripley, in another interesting parallel to the Christian legend, sacrifices herself in a falling Christ-on-the-cross image to save humanity.
Maltin wrote that this was a same-old same-old film just repeating the first two. He must have slept through everything but the chase scenes. It’s better than the second and as good as the first and it gets 4* of 5.