13 March 2013

Alien Resurrection

Alien Resurrection (1997)
  • Director: Jean.Pierre Jeunet
  • Based on Book: no
  • Cast: Sigourney Weaver, Winona Ryder, Dominique Pinon, Ron Perlman
  • 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.
    • Winona Ryder – Edward Scissorhands, Girl Interrupted, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Black Swan, The Private Lives of Pippa Lee, A Scanner Darkly, The Darwin Awards, Looking for Richard, Little Women, Reality Bites, Night on Earth, Beetlejuice, Great Balls of Fire
    • Dominique Pinon - Un long dimanche de fiançailles
    • Ron Perlman – Happy, Texas, Romeo Is Bleeding
  • Why bought: part of Alien box
  • Seen: September 28, 2012

Maybe I was extra Friday evening tired, or four Alien movies in four weeks are too much of a good thing but this one doesn’t hold up with the others.  The first half was confusing and it took too long to figure out who all these people were.  The gender jokes were unfunny to the point of being offensive. The womb and baby monster’s eyes were maudlin and silly. Once again breaking a hole in the window of the space ship then hanging on tight is just plain sloppy film making.
With all that belly-aching out of my system there was a lot I liked about the film too. Sigourney Weaver’s cloned cynicism was just right (too bad she was weepy over the baby monster).  I’ll miss Ripley.
Winona Ryder is always good and she played her robot roll well. The cloning and crossbreeding of monsters and humans was truly creepy. The end, looking out over the ruins of Paris, was an effective way to bring the saga to an end.  The aliens have been destroyed but so has Earth more or less through unknown off-the-screen events.
And it was pretty exciting. So 2 ½ * of 5 anyway.


  1. I didn't know there was a fourth instalment of the Alien saga; the ending of the third one somehow seemed to preclude further sequels. I guess I'll have to see it for the sake of completeness. In the last two days I have finally seen (better late than never, right) the other three movies, and now that Alien satiety has established itself I intend to make some notes for my future review disguised as (dis)agreements with your thoughts.

    1. Looking forward to your comments on this one. Who knows? You might think it was the best of the lot!