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Alien: Resurrection

by

Jeff Nelson

Alien: Resurrection isn't just a bad movie, but ends up being just a waste of time.

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After the disappointing Alien 3 was released, I'm not sure who was the first to want to make a fourth sequel. The third one offered an ending to the series, but here came Alien: Resurrection anyway. This was the turning point in the series where it turned the third bad to worse. I'm sure that a lot of the cast regrets ever starring in the film now that some of the actors are a lot more well known.

200 years after Ripley's death, she is revived as a powerful human/Alien hybrid clone who continues her war against the creatures. Even the idea of bringing Ripley back is absolutely absurd. Bringing her back with Alien powers is even more ridiculous! The screenplay accompanying the film is laughable. There are times that it tries to have witty dialogue like the first two entries of the series did. All of it falls flat. The characters are all two dimensional people who the aren't worth caring about. Soon, the flick dives into an even more dumb subplot. I won't reveal it for those who wish to see it, but you'll know what I'm talking about if you see it.

There are some good names attached to the cast. Sigourney Weaver, of course, Winona Ryder, Ron Perlman, and Brad Dourif. Sigourney Weaver seems to be the only one here who took the movie seriously. The rest of the cast definitely didn't put much into this. Weaver continues to be decent, but the screenplay definitely dumbs down her performance. Winona Ryder and Ron Perlman are both mediocre, which is surprising since they are much better now. Some may think that Brad Dourif would be the light at the end of the tunnel, but that is absolutely incorrect. His performance is just as foolish as the script itself. With dialogue written the way it was, who expects an Academy Award winning performance?

The tone has certainly changed from the previous films. There isn't any dark atmosphere. Luckily, the aliens do look rather good. In fact, most of the visuals are decent. However, I don't agree with taking away the atmosphere that the franchise was popular for. For those of you who just want to watch aliens get blown away, people getting mutilated by some of the aliens, and some suitable visuals might get more out of this flick than I ever did.

When someone discusses the Alien franchise, this junk doesn't come to mind. I think of the first two films in the franchise. However, Alien: Resurrection destroys the name of the series and more. The series has been popular as being one of the science fiction monster franchises that weren't tacky and laughable. This came off as being something you'd see on the Sy-Fy channel. With Ripley's death, that's where these sequels needed to end. The movie isn't an Alien film without Sigourney Weaver, but making a hybrid clone of her is a ludicrous idea that never should have passed the pitching room. Alien: Resurrection isn't just a bad movie, but ends up being just a waste of time. Spend that time watching something good.

My Rating = One Star

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