Wednesday, August 5, 2009

#89 - Alien Resurrection

Alien: Resurrection (1997)
Extremely Trashy
Directed by: Jean-Pierre Jeunet. Written by: Joss Whedon.

Plot: Set 200 years after the events of Alien 3 and the death of Ripley. Just when you thought she was out of commission, our heroine (Sigourney Weaver) is cloned and returns to kick some more slimy alien butt (do the aliens even have butts?). She also teams up with a group of hardened mercenaries (one of whom is secretly a robot (betcha never saw that one coming)) and fights the evil corporation. Booyah.

Review: This movie isn’t what I would call good, but I can’t help it, I really like it. Granted, anything would have looked like a masterpiece after Alien 3, the most boring movie ever (I actually remember very little of that movie. Not a good sign).

But come on, it’s frigging cool. I mean, I generally hate those people who are willing to forgive a movie’s faults because it looked cool, but this movie looked really cool. And it had some really good stuff in it. And it’s really disgusting. I was probably around thirteen when I saw this movie (which, I know, is too old to be deeply affected by anything, but I was a sensitive child), and it really scarred me. Holy shit. I talked about it to my friends for months. I was always like, “Have you guys seen Alien 4?!” To which they would reply, without fail, “No, stop asking me that. Fuck”

Anyway, other stuff this movie has going for it: Script by Joss fucking Whedon. I don’t really have to add to that, as Joss Whedon is… well, he’s Joss Whedon. Come on. Jean-Pierre Jeunet is the guy who directed Amelie which was an awesome movie. The cast includes (in addition to Sigourney Weaver) Winona Ryder, Ron fucking Perlman, Brad Dourif and a bunch of other people whose names don’t really mean anything to me but who no doubt have their own fan bases. That isn’t really a great argument, but I just thought I’d throw is out there. Ron Perlman, man! Alien 3 didn’t have Ron Perlman in it. I guess it did have Lance Henriksen…

Whatever. This movie had the unfortunate job of having to follow up that piece of crap and, though it didn’t really succeed on every level, it tried it’s very best, did an admirable job and is the third best Alien movie ever.

Also, I needed to pad the list out a little bit… it was either that or cut it down to eighty and ya know I didn't want to do that.

Favourite Part: There’s a part where the gang finds a room full of all the clones they fucked up before they successfully cloned Ripley, some dead, some alive. That part was really nasty and managed to freak the hell out of me when I saw it and still sticks with me today.

Other versions: None.

Sequels: Follows Alien (best), Aliens (good) & Alien 3 (mediocre), followed by Alien vs. Predator (sorta watchable) and Alien vs. Predator: Requiem (made AvP 1 look really good).

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