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      16.11.2010 17:34
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      At least it's better than Alien 3!

      After the disappointing and confusing Alien 3, it was good to see Resurrection offering some sort of return to form for this once great franchise. Whilst it never comes close to the heights of the first two films, it does, at least, provide a solid starting point from which to reboot the franchise.

      The events of Alien: Resurrection occur two hundred years after Alien 3. Scientists on a military research station have used blood samples to clone Ellen Ripley and successfully removed the alien queen which was found gestating inside her at the end of the third film. Needless to say, it's not long before the aliens escape leaving the inevitable small group (including Ripley) fighting for survival.

      You could criticise Resurrection for being little more than a rehash of the first film, but after disappointing Alien 3, this back-to-basics approach is exactly what the franchise needed. Of course, it can never compete with the sheer intensity and originality of Alien, but at least franchise fans can pick out some plus points - something which was almost impossible with this film's predecessor. The plot may be slightly unoriginal and hackneyed, but it still provides some excitement, the odd moment of tension and some reasonably impressive special effects.

      It's clear that 20th Century Fox have learned some of the lessons from Alien 3. That film clearly had a lot of issues, not the least of which was budgetary limitations which restricted the number of special effect. Alien: Resurrection appears to have a more realistic budget resulting in an increase in the number and scale of these effects. The shots of the aliens swimming are particularly impressive and give the viewer something which has not been seen before, developing their character further.

      Elsewhere, things are much improved, too. The sets echo the dank, unpleasant interiors of the Nostromo (the original ship in Alien); the aliens appear far more frequently; deaths are reasonably gruesome (though not as bloody as the over-the-top ones from Alien 3) and there is the odd explosion to accompany some of the set-pieces and add an element of action and tension.

      Alien: Resurrection also makes some attempt to develop the characteristics of the aliens and add something new to our existing knowledge of the hostile xenomorphs. During the film's early stages, we see them interacting and communicating with each other, learning the strengths and assessing the weaknesses of their human captors so that they can exploit them later. More so than any of the earlier films, they are portrayed as highly intelligent as well as deadly creatures. True, as the film progresses, such moments become increasingly rare, resorting to the "Ten Little Indians" scenario of earlier films, but at least there is some effort made at characterisation.

      In some ways, the aliens actually fare better than their human counterparts, who mostly conform to genre stereotypes. There's the evil scientists (particularly well played by Brad Dourif) and generic evil soldiers, determined to deliver an alien specimen, regardless of the cost. Along for the ride (and essentially taking the place of Aliens' marines) are the hard-as-nails mercenaries who find themselves stranded on the space station at exactly the wrong time. For the most part, these are pretty indistinguishable and simply there to provide, with only Ron Pearlman bringing any sense of fun or humour to the role.) Then, of course, there's the strange female (a rather bland and out-of-place looking Winona Ryder) who is clearly hiding some secrets of her own.

      Once again, though, it's Sigourney Weaver's Ellen Ripley who is the stand out character. Having been in all three films to date, it would have been very easy for Weaver simply to phone in a performance, lazily xeroxing her performance as the feisty heroine of earlier films. Thankfully, the script gives her a chance to branch out in new directions, an opportunity she seizes with both hands. Since her character is now a human-alien hybrid, Weaver adds some extra elements to her performance, making her other-worldly, whilst retaining those characteristics which make her recognisably Ripley.

      Weaver's performance is sensational and arguably belongs in a much better film. It's the subtle changes she makes which persuade us that this is not exactly the Ripley we have known to date Her speech pattern is slightly different, more clipped and direct; she is far more cold, calculating and cunning. Thanks to her alien intelligence; her outlook is now slightly crueler, yet she always retains her essential humanity. Weaver has even altered the way Ripley moves, giving her some reptilian characteristics, with slow, deliberate movements designed to give her every angle on a situation and assess the best course of action for her.. Alien and Aliens might have made Ripley an iconic figure, but in Alien: Resurrection she finally has the opportunity to develop her further.

      Jean-Pierre Jeunet may not particularly have enjoyed his time on the Alien franchise, but, unlike David Fincher on Alien 3, he does at least turn in a reasonably entertaining film. The action sequences are well-directed with a frenetic pace, but welcome clarity after Alien 3's confusing set-pieces. To this he adds a dose of humanity through a couple of slower, more dialogue heavy moments, and he even finds the time to (obliquely) pose a few questions about ethics and morality and how humans are, in their own way, just as deadly and destructive as the creatures they are battling. This all gives Resurrection a slight edge and stops it from becoming just another generic sci-fi movie set in space.

      Alien: Resurrection is not the best Alien film, nor even the second best. However, it can hold its head reasonably high in relation to the rest of the franchise, which is more than can be said for either Alien 3 or the Alien vs. Predator series. Alien: Resurrection shows that there is still life in the franchise, but that any future films need to concentrate on characters, as well as action, developing and enhancing what we know about the deadly creatures, rather than simply reducing them to the role of scary monster.

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      Alien: Resurrection
      1997
      Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet
      Running time: 109 minutes (theatrical release)
      Certificate: 18

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        10.06.2010 20:39
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        Good thriller

        Alien was an excellent sci fi thriller / horror (well it horrified me at times) and the fourth film in the series in the form of Alien Resurrection is a pretty good film as well. Sigourney Weaver is back again as Lieutenant Ripley, shaven headed, mean and moody and not prepared to take any grief from anyone, man or monster.

        This Ripley is actually a clone as the action has moved on 200 years and scientists are actually after the alien queen that is inside of her, for reasons known only to themselves they plan to breed the alien to create a rather nasty weapon to use. Naturally this plan is doomed to fail with rather nasty consequences for everyone involved.

        This is another excellent roller coaster of a film, normally by the time you get to number four in a film series things are getting a bit far fetched and in places this does have the feel of being more of the same however the special effects help to make up for this and the tension builds nicely throughout the film.

        For those who felt that Alien 3 was rather poor then rest assured that this outing is much better, Weaver is excellent as Ripley and I was also surprised to see Winona Ryder appearing as one of a team of smugglers who must combine forces with Ripley in order to survive.

        I would recommend this film as it is well worth watching, it is a good sci fi thriller with some rather tense moments in it.

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        04.06.2010 01:32
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        Directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet and released on DVD in 2007, 15 years after the previous Alien film Sigourney Weaver is back again as Lieutenant Ripley in Alien Resurrection.

        200 years following Lieutenant Ripleys death a group of military scientists finally manage to clone her after 7 unsuccessful attempts. However its not Ripley that they are after it's the alien queen inside of her that she died trying to destroy in Alien 3. They plan to use the alien to breed and use for the purposes of weapons creation.
        However there are more than just a few surprises in store for the scientists that cloned Ripley and the alien. When it all goes wrong Ripley has to join forces with a group of smugglers in order to fight against the aliens.
        How have the aliens developed in the last 200 years? Has being cloned with an alien affected Ripley? Most important of all will anybody get out alive?

        The special effects in the film are simply excellent and bring the aliens to life in a whole new way from the original films. 15 years of special effects development has most definately been worth the while.
        This film in my opinion is better than the originals, mainly on the strenghts of the special effects and the amount of money spent on the film which obviously had a much larger budget than any of the previous films. Therefore not really fair to compare it to the older films in that light, but the film could have been a real failure if done in the wrong way and strayed to far from the original plots.

        The acting from all was good not excellent at all times but was very watchable. The aliens had a lot of screen time as well which helped to carry the film a lot as there was a lot of wating to see where the next alien was going to jump out from.

        Overall a very decent watch and I really don't think I can knock any stars off for anything. I would recommend this to anybody who likes there sci fi/horror based films, or anybody that has even a vague interest in the Alien's series of films.
        Due to high amounts of blood, gore and swearing this film is rated 18.
        The total run-time of the film is 104 minutes.

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          08.02.2010 21:17
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          A jump the shark sequel that only deserves to be watched once if you have seen the previous films

          It was bound to happen and it did...the series finally jumped the shark with this silly, over the top sequel.

          Ripley, after having died at the end of the third, has been cloned and this clone comes back to fight more aliens but this time they have been trained to be much more intelligent.

          The film introduces a new set of alien species: Aliens that can swim underwater. Ridiculous? It is.

          And then there is the new Alien Queen, which looks very corny.

          Winona Ryder plays Weaver's co-star as a crewmember onboard the spaceship that becomes fascinated with the cloned Ripley.

          There is plenty of action in this film but, again, it is missing the suspense and tension of the first two but substitutes that for an action movie tone.

          The SFX are good but you can tell in certain scenes that an alien effect is CGI, especially the underwater alien sequences.

          I don't think hardcore alien fans would appreciate this film at all as it is missing most of the ingredients that made the first two films successful and it isn't even as good as the third one.

          It probably is the worst of the three in my opinion but there is no doubt you will check this out if you have already seen the first three films.

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          07.12.2009 19:16
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          not bad

          Poor old Sigourney Weaver. One whiff of a multi-million dollar cheque and she's off. Despite having said she wouldn't do another, she did. Cleverly disguised as 'Alien Resurrection,' Alien 4 is a very different trip to 'Alien 3'. Firstly, weapons are back in play, secondly, there's more than one woman and most importantly, Sigourney Weaver has hair again.

          Wihout spoiling too much, 'Alien 3' should have marked the end of the saga, if one considers that Ripley fell into a rather large pot of fire near the end. But as luck would have it, she is has been cloned for the purpose of this film. Step forward new Ripley, who also happens to have a bit of Alien DNA in her, making her superhuman and attractive towards aliens.

          Set onboard a spacecraft, the film attempts to recapture the sort of settings we got in the first two films. It comes close to capturing some of the claustrophobia and the location gets a thumbs up. Teaming up with a crew of smugglers, Ripley and co soon find themselves facing a new batch of aliens who have been unleashed on the ship. It becomes another war, as the newly cloned Ripley fights yet another space battle with these intelligent beasts.

          Weaver is good, relaxed in the role and seems to be enjoying herself, playing up the humour and going through the motions with a casual yet enthused air. She is supported by Ron Perlman who does a fine job as a burly macho backwards monster-man sort. Winona Ryder is less successful as an additional female, failing to bring much warmth to her character. The attempt to make her into a female Bishop does not work. Better cast is Brad Dourif who plays a slimy scientist with splendid glee.

          The action flows thick and fast and the effects are great. The film builds pretty well, then seems to falter on the last sprint, the ending to me seemed rushed and lacked any shocking twists. It was like they were trying to play it safe, after the poor reaction to the previous film's ending. Despite this, the film as a whole is good fun and will please fans of the genre. It's different from 'Alien 3' but I am not sure it improved the franchise.

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            22.11.2009 16:07
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            Watchable but nowhere near the same calibre as the first two films

            After David Fincher dropped the ball completely with the third film in the Aliens series, the hugely promising franchise was looking severely derailed and badly in need of putting back on track. Step in French director Jean-Pierre Jeunet, who presides over a new and completely artificial plotline that gets around the fact that Ripley died at the end of the third instalment by having her recreated from traces of her DNA 200 years in the future on an oribital science vessell, granting her an Alien/human hybrid status whereby she has increased agility and strenght and the ability to communicate with the Alien drones.

            Loosely recycling the plots from the first two films, a group of scientists on a military spacecraft create a bunch of alien drones by allowing facehuggers to impregnate a group of kidnapped humans, only for the Aliens to get loose and kill everybody onboard, whereupon it falls to Ripley and a rag-tag bunch of heavily-armed space-mercenaries to kill the monsters before the ship can complete its course to Earth and wipe out the entire planet.

            Whilst the supporting cast has some big names in it (Winona Ryder, Ron Perlman of Hellboy fame) the characters dont really gel and feel unconvincing and superficial, thanks in part to the mediocre dialogue, whilst their performances are nothing particularly memorable either. The plot and direction are once again derivative of the earllier films whilst lacking their charm, and though there are some interesting action set-pieces (an underwater gun-battle against the advancing alien drones, an inventive ladder scene in which a merc hangs upside-down from a ladder blasting away at drones beneath with dual pistols) on the whole the film feels vacuous and drawn-out, coming across more like a flashy music video than a film with any real substance to it. It feels more like a standard goofy horror in places too, with the completely unncessessary addition of a giant alien/human hybrid that could have been lifted from any of a number of modern cut-and-paste horror films.

            The special effects are decent enough and the film clearly had a high budget ($70 million in fact), and makes for entertaining enough switch-your-brain off viewing, but its a film that possesses none of the artistry or endless rewatchability of the first two instalments and comes across instead as a largely mindless hollywood cash-in.

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              10.02.2009 22:37
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              Avoid.

              Oh dear. Even for a dedicated and passionate Alien follower, such as myself, it is hard to see any good in Alien Resurrection. So immensely grotesque (even for my liking); a cold, heartless Ripley that is a disappointing far cry from the female action hero we used to love; and a group of wannabe badass marines that neither come close to the crew from Aliens they aspire to be, or strike any emotional chords with the audience- this is one ugly, ugly film.

              Two hundred years later, some arsehole scientists have decided to mess with Ripley's DNA in an attempt to "resurrect" the franchise and the alien inside her. Unluckily for avid Alien fans, Ripley #8 is nothing like the original Ripley as her DNA has become entwined with that of the alien, making her a sarcastic, egotistical monster, littered with bad humour. What's worse is Winona Ryder is even along for the ride, and is so utterly unconvincing and tentative in her attempt at creating a lesbian bond with Weaver in space that you wish the aliens would rip a hole in her chest just to justify the time you've invested in watching her.

              Alien Resurrection is basically an experiment of special effects technology, that fails to present anything visually stimulating or emotionally satisfying. The characters are by far the lamest of the franchise, and I still haven't gotten over the sickening ending of the Newborn been sucked out of the hole in the spaceship window.

              The film gets a solitary star purely for the respectable underwater escape scene, but aside from that the scariest thing is the amount of interspecies eroticism that has been injected into the franchise. I may be obsessed with Xenomorphs, but alien-human porn is a little too much for my liking.

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              03.02.2009 11:35
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              Well worth it for the traditional alien stuff and the glimpses of the alien lifestyle

              The fourth installment in the Alien saga and in many ways a change from the original format.

              The original two films in particular had the air of suspense about them...you knew that aliens would be there....but we knew so little about them that we let our imaginations run wild!

              In this film the Aliens are bred on purpose, cloned from a resurrected Ripley (brilliantly played by Sigourney Weaver). The film uses the traditional costume for the Alien, but also, uses CGI to compliment the costumes and the number of Aliens that are needed to really make the story tingle.

              The military have got hold of Ripleys DNA and have decided to resurrect her, they want the Alien and the technological and biological advances it will obviously bring.

              Lots of people I know didnt enjoy this film as it was such a step away from the tense suspense thriller elements of the first two and in some respects the third too.

              Me, I enjoyed it a lot. I like the pacey action feel to it and I loved what they had done with Ripley! The supporting cast are well chosen, especially Winona Ryder who plays the college girl chasing wild adventure role really well. The Aliens are as always spectacular and glimpsing their hierarchy is again, interesting and a valuable insight into their culture...it is good to see that they are not just killing machines!

              There are as always glimpses of future technology. i really enjoyed the whiskey of the future for instance!

              One of the key features I think of this film was to show us that the Alien franchise can carry on forever.... and I for one hope that it does!

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                09.01.2009 15:38
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                Don't bother, stick with the first two.

                The fourth in the Alien saga, and one of the worst. Despite Ellen Ripley dying in Alien 3, she is back running around from the Aliens, 200 years later no doubt!

                Ellen Ripley is cloned from blood taken from her on Fiora, she is cloned so that the authorities can remove the alien that was growing inside her and, would you know it, baby alien is a queen that soon starts producing eggs. Before you can say get away from her you b....... the aliens escape and start killing all the personnel on the ship. Ripley, effected by the aliens genes and displaying some of their characteristics, teams up with some smugglers to escape the ship.

                This film really wasn't worth doing, it brings nothing new to the series (except a pregnant (?!?!?) alien queen) and just brings it into disrepute. The aliens are now parading up and down the catwalk, clear for all to see and removing all mystery about them. A real shame.

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                  25.11.2008 15:21
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                  Not bad but not that good

                  Alien Resurrection, the fourth, and at the time of writing last, film in the Alien series was released in 1997 and directed by French filmmaker Jean-Pierre Jeunet (Amelie, City Of Lost Children) from a script by Joss Whedon, the creator of Buffy The Vampire Slayer. Set 200 years after Alien 3, Alien Resurrection is set on a secret military spaceship called the USM Auriga. The authorities there have managed to clone Ellen Ripley and, more importantly to them, the alien Queen that she was carrying at the time of her death in the last film. They are now breeding the aliens with the help of a cargo of frozen humans delivered by some grungy space pirate mercenary types. The cloned Ripley has enhanced abilities from alien DNA and is left to stew in a cell while they work out what to do with her. It will probably not come as a huge suprise to learn that the aliens escape and wreak havoc on the ship. The problem is, in the case of an emergency the ship is programmed to chart a course for Earth.

                  Soon, the Ripley clone, the mercenaries and assorted other characters are fighting for their lives as the Auriga hurtles back towards Earth...

                  Let's be honest. The alien series was effectively ruined by Alien 3. While all the alien films have had interesting directors and look great, only two of them could be regarded as classics. Ridley Scott made a classic haunted house film in space and James Cameron took the rollercoaster action approach. Both were great in their different ways. 1992's Alien 3 was a dull depressing mess of a film. It was well directed but didn't have much of a story and not only killed off Hicks and Newt from Aliens (much to the annoyance of fans of that film) but even Ripley herself! When, inevitably, some head honcho at 20th Century Fox decided to make another Alien film a few years later, they were faced with one key problem; some berk had killed Ripley off at the end of the last film. The solution devised by writer Joss Whedon was to bring Ripley back as a clone and while it was probably as good an idea as any in order to use Sigourney Weaver again, it retains a contrived feeling. It just doesn't seem quite the same to have Ripley as a strange clone of herself. I'd prefer to have the real Ripley from the first three films personally.

                  On the whole I found Alien Resurrection more entertaining than Alien 3 but obviously not up to the first two films by any stretch of the imagination. The scenes at the start of Alien Resurrection are actually quite effective and creepy. These involve the aliens in special cages being viewed and toyed with by scientists who are apparently attempting to tame them. The always watchable Brad Dourif is one of the scientists. You know the aliens are going to escape at some point and when they do it's done in a reasonably clever way. Although the CG aliens are quite apparent at times it is fun to see them break loose and cause carnage as the authorities attempt to evacuate the ship. Alien 3 was more bleak but I think Alien Resurrection has a few more scares and tense moments and does go a bit further with gore in one or two places than the previous couple of films.

                  Although the alien formula of claustrophobia, darkness, flashing lights, automated voices, and aliens killing off the main characters one by one across a series of corridors can only survive so many trips to the well, Alien Resurrection at least has some inventive moments and entertaining set-pieces that strive to do something you haven't seen in the series. There is a decent sequence where the characters have to swim underwater to reach a different part of the ship and find they aren't alone in the water. The film does at least hold your attention and come up with a few nice touches despite treading on such familiar ground. The big two plots they always had their sleeve for this series were the aliens reaching Earth or humans finding the Aliens home planet and you can't help feeling that the scripts for Alien 3 and this one were used because they wouldn't be too expensive.

                  As for the cast, Sigourney Weaver is ok although I'd prefer the real Ripley. The Ripley clone is supposed to be a bit ambiguous to the audience I think and Weaver tries to exploit this. She does have some more risible dialogue as the film progresses though and looks a bit bored here and there. Her best bits are probably with Winona Ryder when the old Ripley from Aliens briefly shines through sometimes. One of the more powerful and unpleasant moments in the film occurs when Ripley discovers the failed attempts at cloning her.

                  Ryder herself is quite good as Annalee Call, the youngest member of the mercenary crew and the source of a mildly interesting twist in the film. The rest of the mercenary crew are reasonably well cast and include Ron Perlman playing his usual enjoyable and foul-mouthed nutcase Ron Perlman character, Gary Dourdan, Michael Wincott, owner of the deepest voice in acting, Kim Flowers and Dominique Pinon. Pinon's character is confined to a motorized wheelchair which is something new at least. Dan Hedaya also has a bit at the start as the General in charge of the ship. Elsewhere, J. E. Freeman is quite effective and horrible as the untrustworthy military type who ends up trying to escape with the mercenaries and Leland Orser of 'ER' tags along despite being one of the awakened human cargo now with an alien inside him.

                  So up to a point Alien Resurrection is a reasonably entertaining and a solid addition to the franchise if your expectations aren't unduly high. Unfortunately, the film falls flat on its face with the introduction of a new hybrid type of alien which has human and alien DNA. Anyway, one of these pops up looking like a white puppet in a children's television show and thinks Ripley is its mother. Sigourney Weaver is suddenly saddled with some increasingly stupid dialogue and this viewer just wanted the white puppet monster to disappear from the film altogether. It's always a mistake to humanize great monsters too much. I empathise with the human characters in Alien films because they have an incredibly scary monster to contend with. Start tinkering with that and the game is up altogether. It's the reason why the zombies became less scary in Land Of The Dead and the Borg too when they suddenly started turning up in nearly every single episode of Star Trek.

                  Despite enjoying it quite a bit up to a point, I found the last third of Alien Resurrection lost me altogether and I didn't really care what happened at the end.

                  It's a shame really that the film came apart before it wrapped up because French director Jean-Pierre Jeunet does a pretty good job overall, just as David Fincher did with Alien 3. The problem for both of them though was the script and probably budget cuts. Neither Alien 3 or Alien Resurrection seem like really epic huge films. James Cameron's 1986 Aliens did a far better job in projecting a sense of scope with more old-fashioned techniques.

                  The Alien series should have been more enduring really with a couple of big epics to follow Aliens. Ultimately it was sad but hardly suprising that HR Giger's creation was reduced to appearing in Aliens V Predator films with the likes of PW Anderson calling the shots.

                  Overall, Alien Resurrection is reasonably entertaining if a long way from being a classic. Alhough it collapses in the third act it has its moments and is at least an improvement on Alien 3.

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                    24.07.2002 03:56
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                    This fourth entry in the Alien saga picks up the story 200 years after Warrant Officer Ellen Ripley took the plunge into a pit of molten lead. Luckily for us and this film franchise it turns out that some of her cells were salvaged and now scientists on board a research ship heading for Earth are busy trying to clone her for the alien queen she carries inside her. However things do not go according to plan as this eighth clone of Ripley has some alien characteristics incorporated into her DNA. The situation goes from bad to worse when a gang of pirates come aboard and the aliens break out. Now Ripley has to decide whether her loyalties lie with the bugs or with the humans. The most refreshing aspect of this film is the way Ripley has been reinvented as a more hardened yet childlike character. Indeed Weaver gives her best performance of the series and really seems to get her teeth into the part. There is an air of weirdness and unpredictability to her character which is hardly surprising as the film was the American debut of French director Jean-Paul Jeunet. The director responsible for Delicatessen and The City of Lost Children brings a Gaelic flavour to the proceedings. He provides some of the most startling imagery of any of the movies, providing gut-wrenching moments that will not leave horror fans disappointed. On the down side the film cannot enter into the ‘classic’ category as the first two entries due to a script that tries to combine the haunted house feel of the first picture with the gung-ho action of the second but it unfortunately falls somewhere in between. The introduction of the Newborn alien was another bad idea: Not only does it lack the menace of the original Alien but also looks downright cheesy in comparison. Despite its faults Alien Resurrection is a superior addition to the Alien franchise and much like Alien 3 it is a flawed but superior slice of sci-fi horror and I personally look forward to
                    the next inevitable entry to the series.

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                      This is the fourth instalment of the Alien saga that most people thought would never be produced. Sigourney said she'd never do another. Ripley was dead anyhow so another wouldn't be possible, yet here she is running around chasing more Aliens once again. The only difference being it isn't her, its Clone 8, reborn from Ripley DNA, and some Alien DNA because, as the majority will remember from Alien 3, Ripley was pregnant with a little baby Alien. If you haven’t seen the Alien saga so far, it's not worth just seeing this as a one off. It is, however, worth seeing the Alien saga as on a whole as they're classics and some of the most imaginative and creative films of their time that has born a whole load of spin-of material in the last few decades. The film, takes place two hundred years after Ripley dove to her death (Alien 3), that's the time it’s taken them to successfully clone Ripley, or so they think. They've also thoughtfully cloned and bred a few aliens just for good measure. 'They'll never escape, we've got them under control, they're our pussy cats'. 'Of course they are! Look even Ripley believes you!' In case you hadn't guessed, they do escape and kill off most of the crew, as if you didn't already now. It's like inviting Miss Marple around for tea. Do you think someone's going to be murdered? Me too. There to assist Ripley in her fight is Call (Winona), a nifty little fighter with a secret surprise up her sleeve, and a few, Elgyn (Winnot), Johner (Perlman), Vriess (Pinon), and Christie (Dourdan), who aren't sure which side they're on. So it's another death by the masses, slice and dice, slaughter every Alien in the room, get to them before they get to you movie. Except it does have the twist of mixed DNA causing personality defects and instinct changes. See the film and you’ll find out because if I tell you it will spoil the only unique
                      qualities this film has separating it from another 'run of the mill' Sci-Fi Alien flicks. Sigourney however, is excellent her role as the new Ripley, a cool character with a killer instinct, pure class.

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                        24.10.2001 23:02
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                        Now, I’ve watched, enjoyed and wrote on here about the three previous three Alien movies. The first was a classic, the second an enjoyable action-romp and the third was a movie that, whilst being enjoyable and certainly watch able was something of a missed opportunity. In my opinion; the more Alien movies that were produced the poorer they became – and sadly this is certainly the case with the fourth movie. I know it has come in for a lot of stick from reviewers and critics alike. Fans of the movie felt that it should have ended with Alien 3 – obviously this wasn’t the case however as 1997 once again saw Sigourney Weaver reprise her role as Ellen Ripley. The other Alien films tend to pick up directly from where the previous movie has finished – this one takes a whole new slant however. It’s over 200 years since Ripley last encountered the Alien. Now obviously Ripley would be in a pretty bad way trying to take on Aliens at nearly 230 years old. Following on from Alien 3, scientists have battled for the past two centuries to create a Ripley Clone from DNA they managed to salvage from the prison colony seen in Alien 3. They don’t want to create Ripley specifically though, Ripley is playing host to an Alien (bummer) that’s just ripe for hatching. The scientists still believe they can control the Alien to make it the ultimate military weapon. The Ripley we see here is different from Weavers previous interpretations of her – for a start it’s not Ripley, it’s an Alien Hybrid clone, her human DNA has become crossed with Alien DNA to produce a meaner, faster stronger Ripley, one that ‘just has something about her’ that sets her apart from the previous films. Word has got out about Ripley though, Winnona Ryder is despatched to kill Ripley once and for all, thereby eliminating the scientists chances to create this ultimate killing machine. Ther
                        e are also other Alien creatures on the ship used in previous experiments too; these aliens have also evolved over time too. They have become stronger and smarter than ever, as luck would have it (for this movie at least) the aliens escape and begin to hunt down their captors. Ripley must then go up against her own kind to finally (again) destroy the Alien Queen. To be fair, the movie starts off OK, the plot moves along at a decent enough pace and the sets look impressive. Even the Aliens look good (although Giger had no input into this movie, it’s on record that he detests what they done to his ‘Alien’ so that should give you a pretty good idea about what to expect). The story flows; the characters, whilst not the best of the other Alien films are OK too and we get the usual screams and terror taking place. This time director Jean-Pierre Jeunet takes the helm. A director who previously worked on ‘City of the lost children’ and the recent release ‘Amelie’ – he does an OK’ job but this film just doesn’t sit right somehow. Where the film falls flat however is in the final scenes – I won’t spoil it for anyone, but it just appears to be a complete mess – very, very poorly executed and a real letdown. The problem with the fourth Alien film is that we’ve seen it all before by this stage, the idea of a Alien-hybrid Ripley is a great one, but in execution it just doesn’t come off as well as you would have hoped for – in my opinion the worst of the Alien films. The DVD release is nothing spectacular either. For such as relatively modern release you would expect the picture to be flawless, and it is – the sound too is everything you would expect. The musical score just isn’t up to the same standard as previous Alien films though – don’t get me wrong, technically the sound transfer is spot on, but on music
                        al terms it falls just as short as the rest of the film. The extras could perhaps have elevated this movie, but they are pretty poor too I’m afraid – another ‘behind the scenes’ short feature reveals nothing of real interest and the trailer manages to make the film look better than it actually is. A poor film to finish of the current crop of DVD releases. If you haven’t seen this movie, then I wouldn’t recommend you bother buying this one, on the other hand if you already own the other three films then you may as well compete the set with this release. I think that if the movie had been released as a stand-alone film (i.e. a sci-fi film, rather than an ‘Alien’ film) then it may have fared a little better, but the affection and quality of the previous three films just makes this release seem all the more disappointing.

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                          19.10.2001 02:02

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                          The fourth instalment of the Alien saga is an incredibly shallow film, marred by poor acting performances, surprisingly, even Weaver does not put in a decent performance, as she resembles Keanu Reeves in her woodenness. Again, the plot is simple - kill the aliens - and again, there is a traitor in the mix who is conducting sick experiments, not only creating a clone of Ripley with the Alien inside her (as was the case at the end of Alien 3), but then conducting experiments mutating humans with the Alien. A mad race to escape the ship they are on ensues, with only a few smugglers to help her, including Call (Wynona Ryder), who has a surprise of her own up her sleeve. The film is reasonably exciting, with excellent special effects, and a number of heart stopping or really gory moments. If Aliens wasn't for the feint of heart, then this certainly isn't, with many a vile, disgusting death scene included. Unfortunately, the effects don’t entirely make up for the acting, which ensues in a very mild recommendation to rent.

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                          Yes even though she died in the end of aliens three they had to milk it and bring her back. Luckily I'm glad they did as it was excellent even though aliens 3 was a major let down (probably because of the lack in weapons and action). They bring Ripley back from the dead using some of her DNA they found. The whole purpose of bringing her back was to take the alien inside of her as they found the DNA from aliens 3 and she already had it inside her so her DNA would have been altered. And what do you know?, it just happens to be a queen alien. They get inside you by a little creature that attaches itself to your face and then lays the egg inside you then dies. Once the alien matures inside your chest it bursts out. If you haven't seen any of them, WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN?!!!! Just watch the film to see the detail of the aliens. It's been 200 years and Ripley has to learn everything all over again; how to talk, read, write and worst of all, there is another alien about. Anyway, the military ship trades with these guys who are pirates if you want to call them that. In the end after a big gun fight they are all arrested and then they find out something rather intresting. They are expermenting with 3 aliens contained in a safe room but the aliens are smart and escape by a cunning plan. This then leads to lots of violent action sequences, lots of aliens running around like they own the place, dodgy character development and a few plot twists. I won't spoil this anymore for you, but in the end this leads to a great action packed movie and a great improvement from the 3rd one. The special effects, on the whole are good... but nothing out of this world. when they tried to improve the movements and looks of the aliens, they ruined them. They look unrealistic and don't move very well(you shouldn't try and fix what isn't broken).And you don't see the whole body because of the animatronic aliens. Tha
                          t was one of the best parts in the second part. Acting is good, but Winona is the weak link. She acts by the book and doesn't express her own tuppance. And, for an Aliens movie, her casting just seems a bit silly. The scene where the camera slowly pans up from her feet to see her whole with triumphant music as it turns out she is not really dead, (whoops) comes off as a bad joke. Ron Perlman is a tremendous actor (it's probably his face and voice) and he gets most of the best lines. The sutble gothic interior desgin of the spaceship doesn't set the feeling and just doesn't fit a horror movie. It doesn't make you feel lost like they did in aliens two but the storyline made up for that. But then again, it’s fast pace, still good aliens, (plus the entire underwater to ladder scene, told you I won't ruin it),and cinematography does offer enough for a couple of hours of entertainment. If your expectations aren't too high you will enjoy this film greatly but not as scarey as the second but the music is superb. (if this op sounds a bit mixed up and confusing, I don't blame you. I had a bad hangover writing this.)

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                          Perhaps these films are like the Star Trek movies: the even-numbered episodes are the best ones. Certainly Alien Resurrection film (directed by French stylist Jean-Pierre Jeunet) is an improvement on Alien 3, with a script that breathes exciting new life into the franchise. 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), but this one is Sigourney's all the way. --Marshall Fine