The denizens of the prison asteroid where the doomed heroine and her ill-fated crew crash in the opening moments is populated by an interchangeable melange of nobodies who blur together. Sigourney Weaver has been given an interesting character to play and does it with a strange sense of detachment that lends more depth to the proceedings than the script ever could. Now if only there could be a fifth one with a better script, more character development and more firepower. Synopsis Ripley continues to be stalked by a savage alien, after her escape pod crashes on a prison planet. However here the characters are not merely alien-food but have some dimension to them.
I for one wouldn't mind to see it one more time, but only the way it was probably intended, so I hope they will give the director a chance to remake this movie and to prove that it is a good one after all. In fact, Fincher's audience-hating mess offs two of the major characters from the prior film in the opening moments and sidelines another - apparently because of lack of imagination. All seven characters are just part of a race where the fittest - not necessarily the most righteous - will prevail, and all seven characters start the race on an equal footing. Now that was a scene of inspired genius. The crew is not particularly friendly towards each other, and you truly feel all the in-group tension.
There is no higher-order justice behind who gets to live and who dies. Ripley, none of the other characters are the least bit interesting in this film. There were also moments when I thought the music was kicking in way too early or too late, making it some kind of a mere commentary instead of accompanying and enforcing the action like it is so well done in Star Wars or The X-files just to name a few. This must be a joke, why is she a clone now? I would also argue that this is the goriest of all of the four alien movies, particularly at the end, but also contains some of the best comic relief. Too bad that the director took it down this despairing road with a horrible ending that I never could accept. There is not a single moment of suspense in this entire movie.
But, though I really did my best to like it, I was disappointed again. This is how a movie is done. Clemens is introduced as the only truly interesting and sympathetic character in the film besides Ripley, and yet is killed off for nothing other than existential? All the above makes Alien so great as a horror movie. This is another raging rant on Alien Resurrection! Anyway, despite it's flaws, it's still a great film, although it will never be a classic like Alien and Aliens are. No wonder Alien 4 was so bad when it had to follow this crap.
Some of the direction is highly effective - the underwater sequence is devastatingly beautiful. While creatively Fincher has license to eliminate audience favorites from the prior films, he cannot jettison them with so little respect and then not replace them with characters at least as interesting without it seeming like a slap in the face, but that is exactly what he does. By contrast, it is difficult to figure what the goal of David Fincher's atrocious sequel is aiming for. Why does the Alien always stop to snarl before it attacks giving people just enough time to shoot it? It has a very artistic and dynamic visual style, but cardboard characters. However, it is still much better than Alien Resurrection which followed.
After escaping from the alien planet, the ship carrying Ellen Ripley crashes onto a remote and inhabited ore refinery. For example, there is no logical way an egg could've gotten on the Sulaco, which means that the events in the film couldn't have occurred in the first place. Aliens creatures have to stick together. Surprising pathos is also added by the introduction of the Newborn, with its sad, expressive eyes missing entirely from all previous aliens. Then we could have dumped her and made a movie about Hicks and Bishop fighting aliens. I really didn't care whether the alien hunted down all those generic convicted felons.
Director By: Sigourney Weaver, Charles S. Sure it has a humanoid form, but it has no facial traits or anything else which could give away emotions or intentions. Rather than an army of aliens a la Cameron , Fincher ratchets it back so far that we instead get one modest-sized alien that is far less intriguing or frightening than the one found in Ridley Scott's original. Of course, this could be debatable, but of all the films I've watched since I was born, this is the only one in which I haven't been able to find the slightest flaw. I don't know what else to say about this travesty of a film. Now Ripley must decide where her allegiance lies. Sigourney Weaver returns as does Lance Hendriksen in two different roles.
Newt appears just long enough to undergo a chest-cracking autopsy. We then discover relatively early in the proceedings that the leading lady is living on borrowed time, which all but eliminates any rooting interest in the film. This combination makes the movie highly entertaining, even following in the long shadows of its spectacular predecessors. This is forgotten lackluster I really don't have nothing good to say about this movie except it did had happy ending. The denizens of the prison asteroid where the doomed heroine and her ill-fated crew crash in the opening moments is populated by an interchangeable melange of nobodies who blur together. This movie did not have a great flow.