Sigourney Weaver, Winona Ryder, Dominique Pinon, Ron Perlman, Gary Dourdan, Michael
Wincott, Kim Flowers, Dan Hedaya, J.E. Freeman, Brad Dourif, Raymond Cruz, Leland Orser
Minutes, Directed by: Jean-Pierre Jeunet
review by: Harry Hattaingh)
I saw the new Alien movie on one of those afternoons when you just had to see an
Alien movie: cold, raining, gets dark at half past four or something.
Now, I claim no knowledge
of what has gone before. I saw - or at least I think I saw - the first Alien movie on
video while disastrously inebriated. Which I think added to the special effects.
Now the latest little slimy gem
is fun. About that I have to be honest.
But certain things keep on
bugging one. I got a D- for genetic engineering at school, but I'm sure
something smacks of the unreliable as far as our protagonist's clone is
concerned. Ms. Weaver dies in Alien 3 (or so I assume)
with the monster lodged in her chest.
From a blood sample they
re-construct her and lo and behold! The monster is resident in the clone! Is
this even close to a possibility? Some clone specialists out there might be able
The viewer is also rather
perplexed at the task of bonding with Ms. Weaver, as she is somehow half alien.
(It seems as though her 'impregnation' with the monster has somehow changed her
into a dual-natured creature. Also rather implausible, as we do not usually take
over any characteristics from those with whom we couple.)
She's also rather smug and
ironic for someone who had just been re-introduced to language. On the whole not
a very plausible character.
Then there are some moments
when one feels that the action isnít convincing either.
Here's the scene: Person A is
viciously attacked by a monster. We know that person B or C will have to help A
out if he is going to survive. The attack lasts several minutes during which we
cannot but wonder what B and C are up to, because we are given no indication
that they are otherwise occupied.
Eventually they do help, but it
is hard to decide why they choose exactly that moment, when they could obviously
have done something much earlier.
The must-see bits revolve
- Ms Weaver oozing in the lap
of luxury - or rather the lap of the queen monster
- Ms Weaver showing a lot of
affection for some really ugly creatures
However, in the end I
enjoyed Alien Resurrection. Good, gory fun - and I can think of no better way to
spend the afternoon.
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