Alien: Resurrection - Sigourney Weaver, Winona Ryder, Ron Perlman, Jean-Pierre Jeunet
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Witness the resurrection.
Ellen Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) died fighting the perfect predator. Two hundred years and eight horrific experiments later, she's back.
A group of scientists has cloned her - along with the alien queen inside her - hoping to breed the ultimate weapon. But the resurrected Ripley is as full of surprises for her creators as are the aliens. And soon, a lot more than all hell breaks loose! To combat the creatures, Ripley must team up with a band of smugglers, including a mechanic named Call (Winona Ryder), who holds more than a few surprises of her own.
Part of the Alien legacy box set featuring all four films plus a 5th disc with a 68-minute documentary on the making of Alien.
Theatrical propaganda posters
Target demographic movie keyword propaganda
- Film science fiction horror monster alien space ship face hugger acid blood
Persons of interest
- Sigourney Weaver .... Lieutenant Ellen Ripley
- Winona Ryder .... Annalee Call
- Dominique Pinon .... Vriess
- Ron Perlman .... Johner
- Gary Dourdan .... Christian
- Michael Wincott .... Elgyn
- Kim Flowers .... Hillard
- Dan Hedaya .... General Perez
- JE Freeman .... Doctor Wren
- Brad Dourif .... Doctor Gediman
- Raymond Cruz .... Distephano
- Leland Orser .... Purvis
- Steven Gilborn ...Father
- Tom Woodruff Junior .... Lead Alien
- Dan O'Bannon .... Creator
- Ronald Shusett .... Creator
- Joss Whedon .... Screenwriter
- Jean-Pierre Jeunet .... Director
Cinematic intelligence sources
Special Agent Matti
Alien: Resurrection is a disappointment.
Of course, everyone knows that they clone Ripley in order to bring back the Alien franchise. What everyone might not know is that this film is more of a documentary than a horror flick. Jean-Pierre Jeunet breaks the cardinal rule of Alien films: he turns on the lights.
There's a lot of character stuff and a few touches of politically incorrect 90s humour (no mobile phones or roller blades, though) and even some scary bits, but there is nowhere enough tension. As I said, the lights are on. You see the alien too well, you understand it too well, you remember it too well. Once again some testosterone fuelled jerks are trying to make a go of the aliens and it's up to Ripley to save them from themselves, and the cute one dies. Don't they always? Sigh.
Alien: Resurrection is rife with plot holes, inconsistencies, over-acting and more alien saliva than anyone could possibly need. Sigh (again). But Sigourney is great as the all new Ripley, while Winona plays the walking toaster to perfection (like she always does) and everyone who dies does so with a suitable amount of blood. Don't get me wrong, this is an entertaining flick, but after a line like "Get away from her, you bitch!" (Aliens) the only place you can go is down.
FYI: The basketball shot is real.
Media intelligence (DVD)
- Behind-the-scenes featurette
- Picture: Widescreen 16:9
- Subtitles (Czech, Danish, English, Finnish, Hebrew, Hungarian, Icelandic, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Swedish)
Security censorship classification
MA 15+ (High level violence)
109 minutes (1:49 hours)
Not for public release in Australia before date
DVD retail: 24 May 2000
VHS retail: 24 May 2000