|Cast: Sigourney Weaver,
Charles S. Dutton,
Director(s): David Fincher
Genre: Science Fiction
The franchise starts to lose its oomph at this point (Sigourney vs. the Alien again?! What is this, a species with a personal vendetta? Oh yeah, guess it is...), but still an enjoyable romp. I liked the bleakness of the prison planet, and the Charles S. Dutton character, as well as the hybrid alien/dog. There were some good ideas floating around here, Weaver's performance is believable given the situation - I liked the telling moment when the alien realizes she's harboring a baby alien and leaves her alone - and the ending caught me a little off guard, but this is the last of the good bunch. Weaver looked good with a shaved head too. The franchise should've ended with that final Jesus scene.
This comes NO WHERE close to parts 1 & 2 which are 2 of the greatest sci-fi movies ever. This one was below average.
Just rewatched this....it's not a bad film, but it can be summed up with Ripley's line "I've had you in my life so long now, I don't remember anything else." Well, we feel the same way - the alien holds no surprises anymore and the films have become standard cat and mouse chases. The prisoners on the planet are all scumbags, so we don't really care when they get picked off - it's a film full of red shirts.
One thing kinda bugs me - what's the gestation period from the time an alien hugs your face until it pops out of your chest? In the first film, it seemed to be a few days. Here, Ripley apparently gets an egg laid in her while in hypersleep, and doesn't burst forth until film's end, but the dog gets one too and the alien comes out in about a day. By the time AVP rolled around, it only seemed to take an hour or so - ditto Alien Resurrection.
Anyways, still enjoyed this film, for what it was.
OK, I'm here to "explain" the "science" behind the gestational period of the face-huggers. To quote Bitter-man: "So THIS is what my life's come to, boys..."
The reason it took so long for the Alien to come forth in Ripley was exactly that, she was in hyper-sleep. I also think it was a Queen, was it not? Perhaps they take longer to, um, burst.
The dog one was COOL, it was a great idea that I'm not sure everyone who saw the movie (though you guys keyed in on it) got...that it was a hybrid alien/dog and adopted much of the instincts of a canine: ferocious, 4-legged in its running, attacked viciously while the others tended to wait...wait....wait....then SNAP with the extendo-jaws.
I LOVED the atmosphere of the prison colony, the grey, bleak look, constantly depressing and wet and dirty. I liked the pseudo-religious tone it took on, that the inmates had "found god" in a way given the desperation of their situation. That the alien was a demon, etc etc.
Never understood why Michael Beihn (sp?) didn't want to reprise his role as Hicks. Newt I can understand as she probably grew too old to look the same and was HYPER annoying to begin with...but simply having them "die in transit" was a cop out.
The scene with the autopsy of Hicks ranks up there on one of the TENSEST moments I've had in cinema...I was literally on the edge of my seat wincing waiting for the alien to BURST out. Much the same feel when I saw Blade 2 and they did an autopsy of the Uber-vampire.
The ONLY thing I loathed about this film (normally, I'd give it 3+ stars), was the end. What Special FX company ran bankrupt filming Ripley falling into the lava?!! It was T-E-R-R-I-B-L-E, ruined an otherwise GREAT film!
But I'll still rank it high, though not NEARLY in the league as the first two.
P.S. NEXT STOP: ALIEN VS. PREDATOR 2 !! YEAH BABY!
Not to be petty, but they autopsied Newt, not Hicks.
Your gestation theories are interesting, I'd like to subscribe to your newsletter.
(Still doesn't explain the HYPER fast gestation in AVP, but whatever. As long as the audiences are pandered to, I'm sure the writers don't overly care.)
The Aliens in AVP were CEREMONIAL Aliens, they had a tight schedule. Have to be in the throat and out the chest before the crowd gets restless...
COME ON, FACE-HUGGERS (clap clap) TIME IS MONEY!
LOL! That looks a little like John James!
As I understand it, the actress who played Newt was kind of... traumatized by being in Aliens, hated it, and never wanted to act again.
The novelization went into the whole, Ripley is an alien herself, a non-convict trapped on a prison planet, a woman in a world of men, and you know, gestating an alien inside her, hence Alien^3.
On the whole, not too bad. Kind of tied with Resurrection for worst of the series, but still, sort of interesting and it's got some good boo-jump scenes. Not entirely disappointing.
My main problem with this movie was that I didn't care if the murderers and rapists survived or not. Let them all die. Makes for a boring movie.
The neo-fascist right wing Conservative speaketh!
KILL'EM ALL AND LET GOD ALMIGHTY SORT'EM OUT!
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