USA / English
"In 1979, we discovered in space no one can hear you scream. In 1992, we will discover, on Earth, EVERYONE can hear you scream. "Ripley continues to be stalked by a savage alien, after her escape pod crashes on a prison planet.
"Is that all you got? is that all you can fight for sucker?"
That one line alone, uttered by Dillon near the climax of the film blows
ALIEN RESURRECTION out of the water.
Greatly underestimated and misunderstood film (even by me intitally). The
problem with ALIEN 3 is that it IS so different from the first two movies,
not worse....just different! Dark, sombre, even gothic. It places Ripley in
a prison colony on an isolated planet at the ass-end of the universe, her
ship having crash-landed following its long journey at the conclusion of
Audiences were understandably ill at ease from the outset, having Corporal
Hicks, the Bishop Droid and little Newt killed off before the film even got
going, but Ripley's performance is the key to the movie here. She is an
awesome figure of resolve and stoic bravery.
The plethora of English accents didn't help either (it WAS a British
production, backed by Murdoch's NEWS Limited corporation). Extremely good
script, just talky and with few action sequences. Problem was that following
Cameron's huge adrenalin-rush with ALIENS, audiences were expecting more of
the same and it wasn't to be. Many were disappointed also that there was
only one alien, as in the original.
Charles Dance as the colony's doctor and Charles Dutton as the prisoner's
leader and unofficial spokesman ("You're all gonna die, the question is - do
you want it on your knees or on your bellies?") are superb. Many top
characterizations littered throughout the movie. Picks up the pace towards
the end and the "herding" of the alien into the leadworks is
Few movies have ended with such poignancy, emotional resolve and beautifully
choreographed deliberation. Absolutely great musical score here too. If you
WERE one of those bitterly disappointed by ALIEN 3, give it another go. With
a different mind-set you may see it differently, after all, ALIENS was
totally left field of the original. The three are a great trilogy. ALIEN
RESURRECTION was simply an aberration....forget it, don't even THINK about
watching it! It doesn't BELONG!
I once gave Alien 3 a rating of 5/10. I was wrong, it is a
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