Description:This chapter is
set even further in the future, where scientists on a space colony have
cloned both the alien and Ripley (Sigourney Weaver), who died in Alien 3;
in doing so, however, they've mixed alien DNA with Ripley's human
chromosomes, which gives Ripley surprising power (and a bad attitude). A
band of smugglers comes aboard only to discover the new race of
aliens--and when the multi-mouthed melonheads get loose, no place is safe.
But, on the plus side, they have Ripley as a guide to help them get out.
Winona Ryder is on hand as the smugglers' most unlikely crew member (with
a secret of her own).
The plot is as old as they come: take a
group of people and let them be chased around by one or more vicious monsters.
It was practically invented by the first Alien
movie back in 1979. Today it is the staple formula behind many a sci-fi
action movie: The Relic, The Lost World,
Mimic, Predator -
you name it. Now, many years later it is only obvious that the fourth
film in the series would follow the same formula.
Been there, done that,
you might say but the truth is that there are only so many plots in the
movies. After all, its not a case of what story you tell,
but how you tell it.
"Not exactly as good as Aliens and the first movie in the
series . . ."
The Alien franchise has always had a few edges over its imitators:
firstly, theres the incredible Sigourney Weaver (shes really
good), and secondly theres the truly original and frightening creatures
designed by HR Giger.
Alien Resurrection makes decent use of the
various elements at its disposal. Aliens showed what could be done
with the material and Alien 3 just somehow never managed to completely
pull it all together.
In this latest installment French director
Jean-Pierre (Delicatessen, City
of Lost Children) Jeunet has crafted an action film that owes more
to Hong Kong action meister John Woo than to the previous installments
at times, but it all works out reasonably well in the end.
Plus, the film has a self-assured visual sense and some
action set sequences are quite well done.
This is not to say the film is without its faults:
the plot is still pretty old and at the start (like one did with those old
disaster movies) one hedges one's bets on who is going to survive and who
isn't. (Hint: usually the most anonymous cast members get it.) There're also the obligatory plot holes and some muddled
scenes that doesn't make much sense. Most of the science in the film is
Alien Resurrection can be filed under more action-packed than
Alien 3, but not as good as Aliens
and the first Alien movie.