Alright, time to finish of this series, and keep on moving. This time, with the much DEMANDED Alien : Resurrection. I say that because, apparently there was such an outcry from the ending of the third movie that it was deemed necessary to make one more and clean up the series a little bit better. I’m going to go with the IMDB plot summaries from now on, and focus these more on what I actually think instead of what the movies are REALLY about… unless the movie is pretty terrible, then we’ll talk more about that. Anyways , according to IMDB this movie is…
200 years after her death, Ellen Ripley is revived as a powerful human/Alien hybrid clone who must continue her war against the Aliens.
Yeah… this movie is really bizarre and honestly, I kind of like it. It would have maybe been a stronger movie if it was on its own and not a part of the ALIEN saga, but it is, so we’re forced to deal with it.
One of the strangest parts of this movie is honestly the people responsible for its existence. The movie was directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet, known best for his beautiful, not at all terrifying, film Amelie and written by… king of the nerds himself Joss..fucking.. Whedon. That’s right, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Toy Story, and Alien : Resurrection were his first three feature films. I will admit that his writing might be part of the reason that I like this movie, but in reality, the story isn’t incredibly interesting. It gets a little but convoluted and clunky, which also falls on the actors in the movie.
The acting in this movie is fine, if not pretty hammy. Especially from Brad Dourif. He is some sort of weird pervert who definitely wishes HE had an Alien implant in himself, if you catch my drift. Even Sigourney Weaver doesn’t appear to be completely invested, but at this point I can’t really blame her. We also get to take this journey with Winona Ryder and Ron Perlman, neither of who are exactly knocking it out of the park.
I do really like the look and feel of the Xenomorphs this time, when they’re on screen, which doesn’t feel like it happens all that often. When we see the human/alien hybrid…monster that the Queen births at the end, things really seem to fall apart.
I do have kind of a hard time watching this movie, it just doesn’t grab my attention like the first 2 did, and after watching all four of these in one day, and having to sit through the 3rd one, I had sort of lost my luster.
All in all, the movie has some cool visuals, some hilarious ham-tastic acting, and is a passable enough sci-fi horror. Not the worst Alien movie, but still really far from the best.
Well, that concludes my review of the ALIEN QUADRILOGY.
Final Grade for ALIEN: RESSURECTION : C
Final Grade for the ALIEN QUADRILOGY : C+
Those last two movies really do bring it down a little.