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ALIEN RESURRECTION

SYNOPSIS:
Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) is back, 200 years later, to discover that her ‘resurrection’ is the result of a scientific experiment, cloning her preserved blood samples in order to give birth to the alien creature she was carrying – for scientific exploration. Ripley's DNA gets mixed up with the alien Queen bug’s and she begins to develop certain alien characteristics. The scientists begin breeding the aliens, which manage to escape. Soon the Xeno-morphs are running amok on the ship, which is on course to Earth. The Queen gives birth to a deadly new breed of alien, which could spell disaster for the entire human race. It's up to Ripley and a band of space pirates to stop the ship before it reaches earth.

"This film will have a lot to answer for if it sets a precedent for resurrecting dead characters from movies past. Just did a dash of DNA cloning, guys, saves us having to use our imaginations! Tried and true characters re-used! The ultimate in human recycling! Anyway, what about the film: it’s a confusing story in many ways, not that anyone is interested much, because the THING here is the look and feel, the effects and the stunts – and the chase. Will the boogies get the good guys and gals? Yeah, it’s that simple. It’s dressed up in space fantasy, with rather predictable bad-mother army scientists who are not only insensitive but moronic. That’s the bit I find hard to take: simplistic baddies. Like everyone on this page, I think, Winona Ryder is miscast. The few good things that French director Jean-Pierre Jeunet (Delicatessen, City of Lost Children) brings to this otherwise American enterprise is a European eye, with his trademark close ups and navel level camera angles. He also uses two of his favourite actors, Dominique Pinon and Ron Perlman, who would not have appeared otherwise – and they are welcome. But when it comes to the overall emotional impact of the film, I’m reduced to praising the effects, no matter who good Weaver looks in the part. This is partly because she has more of a relationship with the aliens (and they’re not what you’d call sympathetic) than with any human. Actually, I got more emotional vibes from Pinon’s crippled character and his pragmatic, idiosyncratic manner than anything else. Over to you Louise -"
Andrew L. Urban

"Yes - Jeunet’s distinctive style is showcased to advantage with arresting effects, bold direction and a strong lead performance. The dark, dank journey is filled with dark, edgy thrills. Certainly not for the faint-hearted, the plot premise is imaginative, embracing great leaps in advanced technology to change the totality of Ripley’s character into a more complex and unpredictable one. While this in itself is fascinating and brings its own rewards, the change in character lessens the emotional impact, making the film less engaging that its predecessors, despite its entertainment value. Sigourney Weaver is bold and forthright, every bit the monster’s mother. Her inner conflict is effectively gauged, while the bond formed with Call (Winona Ryder is appealing in the role) has a good dynamic. The use of very tight close ups creates an almost surreal feeling, while the camera effects dazzle, the dark-edged music score heightens our senses and the underwater scene thrills. Alien Resurrection is a visual feast of motion, colour, thrills, action and music, which allow our imagination to run wild, with a spine tingling mixture of horror and fascination."
Louise Keller

"Sequels are Hollywood's regrettable recipe for assured success, but enough is enough with certain films. One would have thought after the dismal failure of the third in the franchise, they would have stopped, but no, given countless failures by Fox of late, a fourth in the slimy creature feature series must have been irresistible. While a considerable improvement on its predecessor, Alien Resurrection remains a glorified chase movie with a few one liners to give it an extra bit of punch. But it's a chase movie just the same. So we're on a derelict space ship this time, with over-zealous aliens after the silly humans who, if they'd bothered to have seen any of the other movies, would have thought twice before bothering the creatures. Pumped up Weaver is in strong form as the now deceased but cloned Ripley, and she remains a dynamic presence on screen. Winona Ryder, however, is way out of her element, and is positively dull beyond belief and monotonic. Alien Resurrection has some fun moments, and visually, it's exciting to watch, but it's a matter of been there, done that - and far better. This is one group of aliens that by now, should have remained out of sight and in another world."
Paul Fischer

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ALIEN RESURRECTION (MA)
(US)

CAST: Sigourney Weaver, Winona Ryder, Ron Perlman, Dominique Pinon, Michael Wincott, Gary Doudan, Dan Hedaya, J.E. Freeman, Brad Dourif

DIRECTOR: Jean-Pierre Jeunet

PRODUCER: David Giler, Walter Hill, Gordon Carroll, Bill Badalato

SCRIPT: Joss Whedon (based on characters created by Dan O’bannon & Ronald Shusett)

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Darius Khondji

EDITOR: Herve Schneid

MUSIC: John Frizzell

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Nigel Phelps

RUNNING TIME: 108 minutes

 

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Fox

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: January 1, 1998

See Lynden Barber's SOUNDTRACK REVIEW

Video Release: March 3, 1999
Video Distributor: Fox
RRP: $24.95







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