|Copyright 1997 20th Century Fox
| Reviewed by Dan Kretzer
on 6 October 2002
- Ripley #8 - Sigourney Weaver! An instant adult clone of Ellen Ripley with all of Ripley's memories. Her genes were crossed with the alien's, giving her acidic blood and black fingernails.
- Call - Winona Ryder! Turns out to be an android, which might explain the acting.
- Vriess - Paraplegic space pirate mechanic. Inexplicably survives.
- Johner - Ron Perlman! Pirate who "mostly just hurts people." He survives. Hooray.
- Christie - Space pirate with a talent for calculating angles of bullet ricochet. This does not save him.
- Elgyn - Space pirate leader. Very curious for a guy who just wants to get the hell off the ship. Impaled.
- Hillard - Lady space pirate. Loves foot rubs and thong underwear; a slow swimmer. She dies and all hope for a random gratuitous breast shot dies with her.
- General Perez - Dan Hedaya! Radical right-wing general. BOO!! HISS!! Lives seven seconds without a brain, which is several decades less than screenwriter Joss Whedon.
- Dr. Wren - Radical right-wing military geneticist. BOO!! HISS!! Corniest death in the entire "Alien" series.
- Gediman - Brad Dourif! Slimy, bungling assistant to Dr. Wren. Head eaten.
- Distephano - Soldier who teams with the space pirates. Head crushed like a beer can.
- Purvis - Impregnated with an alien by the military. Goes out in a blaze of glory.
- Aliens - For a species hell bent on catching the humans, they sure do spend a lot of time not chasing them.
- Disgusting Alien Baby - Genetic cross between human and alien (it has Ripley's eyes). Its guts get ripped out by the cold vacuum of space, and after watching this movie, you will know just how it feels.
|That Ridley Scott's 1979 masterpiece "Alien" is one of the greatest horror films (and THE greatest horror/scifi film) ever made only makes this vile and offensive third sequel all the more painful. "Alien Resurrection" takes one of the great movie monsters of all time and renders it boring in a tedious effort to teach us a lesson about the dangers of cloning and to take a cheap shot at the military. This movie trades in the suspense, mayhem, and dark humor of its predecessors for a preachy, unimaginative plot that plods along from episode to episode, clubbing the audience about the head and neck with its political messages. I was waiting for "Alien Resurrection" to end. You really cannot say anything worse about a movie.
The action (if that's the right word) is set entirely on board the USS Auriga, a covert military science ship operating in "unregulated space," 200 years after Ellen Ripley's death at a prison colony in "Alien3." A villainous futuristic military has acquired a sample of Ripley's blood from the prison colony. Apparently she was pregnant with an alien queen at the time she was bleeding, so naturally cloning that blood will result in a new, fully grown version of Ripley - called #8 by the scientists (more on that later) - who is somehow ALSO pregnant with an alien queen! Dr. Wren and Gediman succeed in removing the queen from Ripley #8. She survives and miraculously has all of Ripley's old memories! PROBLEM: Cloning someone's blood would theoretically give you a fetus genetically identical to that person. The fetus would have no memories and certainly would not have any parasitic aliens. This D-minus grasp of basic scientific principles infects the entire movie and makes one marvel that screenwriter Joss Whedon ever managed to get his computer plugged in. It also sucks the gravity out of the serious issue of cloning, which in a better movie might frighten an intelligent audience. Instead, this plays out like propaganda by morons for morons.
General Perez is in charge of this super-secret program to bring back the aliens and use them as biological weapons. One of the biggest problems I had with the "Alien" series is the idea that any military commander in his right mind would desire to use the aliens as weapons. They are unpredictable, dangerous to hold in captivity, and would render any target utterly useless to the conquerors. What good is taking a city if you then have to clear out the aliens, which are by definition tougher than the initial resistance? Sure, maybe you want to destroy the city altogether and render it useless for all, but we can do that now with nuclear weapons! It all amounts to a nonsensical concept with which to unfairly slander the military, but Perez is big on the idea for some reason. To this end, he hires a group of space pirates to hijack a ship full of miners in cryogenic stasis to use as alien breeding vessels (you can see why this would be classified).
The military wastes no time at all in impregnating the poor cryogenically frozen miners despite the fact that the space pirates who delivered them (but don't know about the alien project) are staying for a few days, presumably to enjoy the dark rusty pleasures of the science ship. Call, a young space pirate, reveals herself to really be an anti-alien activist. She finds Ripley's cell (they couldn't at least give her a bed??) and tries to kill the alien she thought was still inside her. Wren captures Call and then seizes all the pirates and threatens to silence them permanently. With some concealed weapons and fancy shooting, the pirates turn the tables and capture Wren.
Meanwhile, back in the lab, the hubris of man backfires ala "Jurassic Park" and the aliens escape their cells. This leads to the only five enjoyable minutes in the movie as panicking soldiers scramble for their escape pods as aliens butcher them. Perez is de-brained, but manages to take a chunk of his skull and stare at it in horror for a second or two. Can you imagine something like that happening in the first three movies? Me neither. Anyway, the soldiers hop into the last escape pod, leaving the pirates, Wren, and Distephano behind. Ripley narrowly escapes aliens crashing into her cell.
After Elgyn is killed while investigating a strange noise - that's what I'd do if I were rushing to my spaceship to escape - Ripley saves the rest of the pirates and assumes command. At this point they learn that the Auriga is moving via auto-pilot back to Earth which is just three hours away. This infuriates me, because in this universe Earth has colonized places so far away you have to go into hibernation for the journey, and it was established that the Auriga was operating in "unregulated space" to hide its covert activities. You would think that "unregulated space" would be somewhere a little more remote than three hours from the CRADLE OF ALL HUMANITY!!!
They set off for the pirates' ship, which is conveniently (for the screenwriter) at the other end of the Auriga. At this point, the aliens stop chasing the protagonists so they can peacefully stroll through several scenes of dull exposition and nauseating special effects. First they come to a strangely unlocked door labeled "1-7." Ripley #8 makes the obvious connection and enters to find seven failed Ripley clones, each one a grotesque fleshy blob of human and alien features; none of which resemble anything that would result from actual cloning. (That bonking sound is you getting hit over the head with the anti-cloning message.) Ripley blows away clones 1-7 and torches the room. On to the next room!
In the next room, our heroes find what is left of the miners who were used to breed the aliens. Oh, what horrors the military will commit in their blind quest for the ultimate weapon. Bonk! Bonk! Anyway, they discover Purvis. Even though all the other aliens have gestated and grown to maturity already, Purvis's alien is still growing inside him. I don't know - maybe he forgot to take his prenatal vitamins? Now they have picked up a guy who is pregnant with an alien. Oh yeah, the pirates did not realize that their cargo, which they wheeled off their ship themselves, was cryotubes with people in them. But, I mean, how would they have known? They are only EXPERIENCED SPACEFARERS!!
The aliens suddenly remember that Ripley and the gang are on board and begin chasing them right as they get to a flooded part of the ship and must swim ninety feet underwater. Two pirates get killed, but more importantly, Wren turns against the group and rushes off on his own to make sure the ship flies back to Earth... ...which it was doing ANYWAY! Call is exposed as an android. She interfaces with the ship's computer to keep Wren from getting to the pirate ship, but does not bother redirecting the Auriga away from Earth! The aliens forget about the humans and stop chasing them for the rest of the movie! Must control urge to kick television.
As they press on, Ripley hears the call of the alien queen and goes to her for some reason. A cocooned Gediman acting as the voice of the queen explains that Ripley gave the alien queen a human reproductive system, making her the perfect alien. The alien queen gives live birth to a disgusting alien/human hybrid that suddenly turns around and kills the queen! How did the queen lay the eggs earlier in the movie with a human reproductive system? Why does a human reproductive system make her perfect? If anything it makes her less of a threat! If it's a human reproductive system, then who fathered that alien baby? Why did the alien baby kill its mother? Arrrrrrgh!! Damn you Joss Whedon! ROT IN HELL!! The disgusting alien baby then chases after Ripley and she runs away or something. Yeah sure... ...why not?
The grand finale takes place when the pirates reach the ship. Wren tries to hijack them, but Purvis opportunely gives birth to his alien and clutches Wren's head to his chest so the alien busts through Wren's skull. Ripley makes it to the ship at the last second, but of course the disgusting alien baby sneaks aboard and Ripley manages to kill it in the most nauseating possible manner available to her. As the pirate ship swoops in over the clouds, the Auriga plummets to Earth and explodes in a mushroom cloud the size of Spain - which I guess is what it was programmed to do? The film closes with Ripley and Call exchanging such an inane bit of dialogue that I actually forgot it as it was spoken. Screenwriter Joss Whedon is now raking in millions for his "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" TV series, which is evidence enough for me that there really is a Satan.
|Things I Learned From This Movie:|| |
- In the future, security systems will verify our identity by smelling our breath.
- The military is always interested in biological weapons that are impossible to contain or control.
- If someone sarcastically suggests that you check their wheelchair for weapons, check their wheelchair for weapons.
- Alien DNA makes you good at basketball.
- Don't taunt aliens. Ever.
- Aliens that can bash through reinforced titanium doors are foiled by really thick glass.
- Science ships that have quarantine emergencies are programmed to fly back to Earth and crash into it.
- People experiencing panic underwater can exhale all of their air a maximum of just three times before having to resurface.
- Having acid for blood is actually very handy.
- 5 mins - They painted her fingernails and grew her hair out for this?
- 14 mins - RANDOM ACT OF VIOLENCE AGAINST A PARAPLEGIC'S LEG!
- 21 mins - This is SO illegal.
- 27 mins - He is probably going to regret doing this.
- 34 mins - That is a hell of a bank shot considering he could not see the target.
- 41 mins - MAN IN A BLENDER!
- 56 mins - RANDOM ACTS OF VIOLENCE AGAINST GENETIC ABOMINATIONS!
- 60 mins - Hey neat! That is the glider pilot from "Saving Private Ryan"! Okay, back to vomiting.
- 63 mins - You said it, Johner.
- 79 mins - Aim at his CHEST you idiots!
- 93 mins - That hatch is closing awfully slowly, but the alien probably will not catch up.
- 95 mins - You know, if you let the alien get to Earth it just might kill the person who wrote this garbage.
- Elgyn: "She is severely f**kable; ain't she?"
- Johner: "Well if you don't want to play basketball, I know some other indoor games."
- Ripley: "I should have known (you were an android). No human is that HUMANE."
- Ripley: "I'm finding a lot of things funny lately, but I don't think they are."
- Johner: "What's burning?"
Johner: "Shit, you're right!"
| ||Audio clips in wav format||SOUNDS||Starving actors speak out|| |
||Perez: "It has memories! What does it have memories?" |
Wren: "Well, I'm guessing, but: inherited memories, passed down generationally, at a genetic level by the aliens, like its strength."
||Ripley: "She'll breed. You'll die."
||Call: "Ellen Ripley died two hundred years ago. You're not her."
||Ripley tells one of the "impregnated" about what is going on.
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|This is probably my (Andrew speaking) main reason to watch the movie: seeing aliens swim. Heck, they did a better job of it than would be expected. The aliens look pretty natural in the water; something that cannot be said of the sharks in "Deep Blue Sea."
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Reply #1. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by Wendy Kroy
Stupid useless trivia:
Danny Boyle (who directed Trainspotting) was supposed to direct this but dropped out fairly late in pre-production. He got cold feet over the idea of dealing with the special effects (CGI in particular). So Fox hired French director Jean-Pierre Jeunet, who made Delicatessen and The City of Lost Children. Seemed like a cool idea, but then the movie came out and made many an audience member (not too mention a lot of film geeks) go "Why?". Then he went back to France and made Amelie, which in addition to being a huge hit over there, did more for him in this country (both critically and in the box-office)than Alien:Resurrection did. BTW, Amelie's a really cool movie for those who haven't seen it; give it a try.
Reply #2. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by spike spiegul
Watching people doing stupid things especially pro killers
get killed before i leave the bebob to fight vicious one last time i watch this can of crap
hear is why i hate it
1 it is not a John Woo shootout scene with soldiers
2 it is not a survival movie like the first one
3 the military is a group of jackoffs that have no tactics
4 cool aliens with lame gore(the thing 82 versions had cool creature with extra gore than needed)
5 What happened to predators? they could use those type of weapons instead of freaky aliens with two mouths
Anyway i wish they made a aliens vs predator movie in the future with high tech weapons!
as in the words of andy
"SEE YOU SPACE COWBOY"
Reply #3. Posted on October 07, 2002, 02:48:32 PM by Scaarge
I thought the review captured the sheer uselessness of this film. One of my few memories of this was the scene where three of the pirates were sitting around getting drunk (boy, could I relate!)and Call suddenly appears wearing boxing gloves. What the heck??
Reply #4. Posted on March 17, 2003, 05:03:17 AM by Max Levin
I agree with this review wholeheartedly, this s**t should never have been produced. Anyone know how much Sigourney got for this?
Reply #5. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Max Gardner
I actually enjoyed this film for a number of reasons. Number one, the involvement of a number of folks from Delicatessen and City of Lost Children (including Dominique Pinion), though Alien: Resurrection certainly isn't the arthouse fare either of Jeunet's previous films (with Marc Caro) were. Second, I think Ron Perlman is a great actor, and it was brilliant when he did his gorilla impression and tossed his knife into Vriess' leg. The man is so gorilla-like in appearance to begin with I was wondering when someone would exploit that. And third, it's just a lot of fun to look at, up until the last fifteen or twenty minutes. The writing here isn't nearly en par with Whedon's scripts for Toy Story or the Buffy the Vampire Slayer TV series, but it's adequate in most respects. Regarding the rest of the series: I like the first film, but I find it's overrated (hunkers down and prepares for beatings). The series reached its high point with Aliens (it's a shame to see Cameron stoop to crap like The Abyss and Titanic after his magnum opus). The third film would have been much better off had they gone with William Gibson's original, completely different script. And Resurrection was hardly a great film, but it was visually unique, had a decent sense of humor and featured some of my favorite B-actors, such as Perlman and Brad Dourif.
Reply #6. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:03 PM by Andrew Stephens
Such a shame: Alien Resurrection had pretty much a dream team of writer and director and probably looked like a really cool idea on paper, but the review is absolutly correct in pointing out the movies glaring flaws.
However I have to admit that I actually enjoyed the first three quarters of the movie. Its pretty different from the rest of the series, but not without its own B-movie charm (underwater Aliens - hooray!).
The last bit with the Alien sprog is terrible, what were they thinking?
Reply #7. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by Steven Millan
Along with "Alien 3",this is another heavily disappointing post-"Aliens" sequel,with Josh Whedon's tedious script not only ripping off "Aliens",but badly wasting Jean Pierre Jeunet("Delicatessen","City of Lost Children")'s grand filmmaking style,as well.
The next time,the studio needs to have the Aliens drop down to invade a futuristic Earth,with Ripley leading the fight against them(and not returning "Resurrection"'s characters,maybe except for Ron Perlman,whose mere presence lightens up any film he's in),instead of another predictable rehash of the first two superior movies.
Reply #8. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Dark Wizard
Ugh. That's all I have to say about this movie. You're review is 100% right on.
I remember my Dad taking me to see this when it came out a few years ago. And guess what? We both hated it! How's that for a father-son bonding experience? :P
The script was weak. The science was laughable. The acting was mediocre at best. And how could they turn such a badass character like the Queen Alien into such a pansy, throw-away plot device? Especially when the plot device in question (the human/Alien monster baby) was just plain unnecessary?
Spike Spiegul asked about an Aliens vs. Predator movie. From what I hear, Fox was actually considering making such a movie but decided to go with this instead. That about as much as I know about it, though. Anyone else got more info?
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