Alien Resurrection (1997)
Movie InfoTwo centuries after Ellen Ripley's death, doctors aboard the space station Auriga clone her using a blood sample taken from Fiorna 161, in hopes of harvesting the queen embryo that was incubating inside of her when she was trapped on the remote penal planet. Finally succeeding after numerous attempts, they remove the alien and repair the clone for further study. Before long, the Ripley clone has gained consciousness, and displays superhuman capabilities that suggest it possesses alien DNA. When Ripley discovers that General Perez (Dan Hedaya) is keeping the queen in a heavily fortified room of the space station, she warns the military man and his scientists that the creature cannot be contained no matter how hard they try. Meanwhile, General Perez has hired a crew of space pirates to deliver the cryogenically frozen bodies of another ship to the Auriga so they can be used to breed more aliens. The leader of the pirates is Johner (Ron Perlman), a gruff mercenary who engages Ripley to no avail. When Call (Winona Ryder), one of Johner's crewmembers, admits that she was sent to assassinate Ripley, General Perez attempts to have the pirates executed. The result is a tense standoff between the pirates and the military men, with the aliens causing havoc after breaking free of their containment cells. Attempting a daring escape, Ripley and the pirates discover the lab where she was cloned before being forced to swim through the mess hall, which has been submerged in water during the aliens' escape. Discovering a carefully guarded secret about Call's past, Ripley attempts to convince her to alter the Auruga's course, which was set to Earth when the ship went into emergency mode. With the fate of mankind hanging in the balance, Ripley is captured by the aliens and taken to their nest, where she comes face to face with the mutated results of the scientists' experiments. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi … More
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Critic Reviews for Alien Resurrection
It brings a mordant, crackerjack wit to the world of chest-busting, head-ripping creepazoids from beyond.
It satisfactorily recycles the great surprises that made the first movie so powerful. And most significantly, it makes a big hoot of the whole business.
If you need to read a review to decide if you want to see "Alien Resurrection," you absolutely shouldn't be going.
In mood, tone and imagery, this fourth installment in the esteemed horror series is a fascinating film under director Jean-Pierre Jeunet. But it's virtually impossible to follow.
This is not a Hollywood space thriller at all, but an intergalactic fantasy driven by the same cheerfully eccentric impulses that have informed a myriad of high-spirited French filmmakers.
A blend of surrealist humor, unintentional self-parody and groan-inducing moments, this is easily the nadir of the franchise.
[Jeuenet] doesn't push it all the way to "so bad it's good" territory, but he at least gives a healthy dose of the bizarre that makes it memorable, in its fashion.
This fourth chapter in the popular sci-fi-horror franchise is without a doubt the weakest, both dramatically and visually.
Simply put, Jean-Pierre Jeunet was the absolute wrong choice for this film. His award-winning quirky French visual sensibilities don't mesh well with Joss Whedon's meat-and-potatoes script.
This fourth chapter comes off as the first fully postmodern Alien film: not Alien multiplied or cubed, but synthetically reawakened, groggy enough to sleepwalk through our memories of the first three, as in a dream.
After the disappointing Alien 3, this fourth film in the franchise represents a marked improvement, but it fails to match the level established in the first two films.
Un de ces films dont il faut savoir s'imprégner de l'idée de départ pour être en mesure d'en apprécier les ébats à leur juste valeur.
Jeunet and Whedon deliver the alien-attack scenes with a spin and a wink.
Has more visual flair than any of George Lucas' Star Wars films, and at times is almost as fun.
Poor Sigourney Weaver! Why does she succumb to the temptation of making these movies?
It's time they quit killing the aliens, and just killed the Alien series altogether. ... How the mighty have fallen.
Moviegoers who expect more surprise and mystery from the grisly and suspenseful sci-fi "Alien" series will be disappointed.
The much-maligned last part in the Alien quadrilogy should be approached as the comic book actioneer that it is.
...it's two hundred years down the road from Alien 3, and Ripley is long gone. If only. (Alien Quadrilogy)
Great effects, dismal story. Sigourney phones in a paycheck. Why is Ryder even in this? Ron Perlman is the only bright spot in a forgettable cast.
Unfortunately, Weaver and Jeunet's efforts are short changed by the ineptness of Joss Whedon's script, that seems to find a way to make action sequences unexciting.
Audience Reviews for Alien Resurrection
A non-stop, edge of your seat thrill-ride from start to finish, Resurrection rocks and rocks hard. The best Alien yet. It delivers all the terror of Alien and all the action and fun of Aliens with Joss Wheadons thrilling and cool script. An explosive and action-packed roller-coaster ride thats just bloody good fun. A worthy and satisfying sequel. A slickly crafted and wickedly shot film. A tremendously entertaining fear-injected ride.More
I don't understand why the Alien franchise was taken to this level. 'Aliens' is set 57 years after 'Alien' and a lot happens between that time that significantly links with the story. However, over 200 years pass from 'Alien3' to this, and nothing is necessary for the film.The evolution of the Alien goes mental,and doesn't even reach the level of originality that HR Giger created. Best suggestion; avoid this film and act as if there's only an 'Alien Trilogy'More
Alien Resurrection Quotes
- Ellen Ripley:
- Who do I have to fuck to get off this boat?
- I can get you off... maybe not the boat.
- I don't trust anyone.
- I thought you were dead?
- Ellen Ripley:
- Yeah, I get that a lot.
- Ellen Ripley:
- It's fork.
- Ellen Ripley:
- My mommy always said there were no monsters. No real ones. But there are.
- What's the big deal, man? Fuckin' waste of ammo.
- Let's go.
- Must be a chick thing.
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