Directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Running Time: 1:42
I'm not sure how I feel about Alien: Resurrection. I didn't go in with any preconceived notions, I went in thinking it was just another alien movie that happened to have the same title as 3 other films. It also happened to have the same starring character, Ripley (Sigourney Weaver). And I suppose by itself it wasn't too bad a movie. It had lots of special effects, some really nasty looking scenes (the surgery in the opening, the hall of Ripleys just to name a couple). I certainly had some scary moments, and the rest of the cast I actually liked. But this wasn't just another alien movie, it was a sequel to The alien movie, Alien. And looking at it from that point of view, it was disappointing. The best thing about the original, something my mother even pointed out to me, was that you never really got a good look at what they were chasing. The alien lived in shadow, and a lot of the scares came from your own mind. But as the series progressed, the alien became more and more the focal point, to now where you see the alien from the beginning of the film, and it loses its edge. You're no longer frightened by what you don't know, because you see whats coming after Ripley and the gang from the start. Some people might find this blasphemous, but the reason I liked Event Horizon was because you couldn't see what was attacking. It was all in your mind, and that's what is truly frightening. So, as far as Alien: Resurrection goes, it really wasn't a bad movie, but it doesn't live up to its promise. I understand they're planning a sequel to take place back here on Earth. I'll look forward to it, but I just hope they go back to what made the movies so scary in the first place. The Unknown.