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August 27, 2017
This movie is an under rated gem! It is the best of the original trilogy. The story is more than skin deep. The characters feel real. Fincher is a master at creating atmosphere, and this movie sets a tone which I favor greatly compared to Cameron's 'Aliens'. I find that people that don't like this movie don't really like horror, and would prefer an action/adventure movie instead,,, to me the Alien franchise is best served cold with lot's of blood and dark corners for the imagination to do it's work.
August 20, 2017
Alien 3 is not a bad movie but it's up against two awesome movies in Alien and Aliens. So, if you keep that in mind, you won't be terribly disappointed. Right off the bat, the little girl from Aliens dies...that kind of sets the tone from there. Ripley is the only survivor from the ship and she lands in a place that holds dangerous criminals. The flow of the movie is fine, the dialogue is a little weak...there is some variation of the word "FUCK" at least 100 times in the film, probably more! And though bad words don't bother me, it just seemed a little bit overdone for this movie. The alien hunts down the criminals and Ripley survives (for a very specific reason). In the end, Ripley does what she had to do to prevent the government from studying the alien specimen. And this is perhaps, the most disappointing part of the film. Was it necessary for it to end this way?
For continuation purposes, you should check it out but don't expect this movie to be as good as the previous two films. Overall, I would rate it a 3/5 OR 6/10. It's not a horrible movie, it's just completely different from the previous 2. A little bit better than AVERAGE.
August 19, 2017
While undoubtedly a step down from the first two films, David Fincher's directorial debut still has just enough to keep you mostly entertained, and I would argue that it's better than Resurrection. The dialogue is uninspired and mostly unoriginal, but Sigourney Weaver's performance is as good as ever, and the new Xenomorph design is a nice touch. Despite the best efforts of Fincher and the cast, Alien 3 fails to be anything more than mindless entertainment, which isn't inherently bad, but this is definitely a film that was ruined by studio interference. Fortunately, the film's Assembly Cut saves it from disappearing into obscurity. Despite being 30 minutes longer, the Assembly Cut better develops Alien 3's new characters, improves the special effects, and overall tells a better story than the theatrical cut. Regardless of which version you watch, David Fincher tries his best to make the film good, and the ending is one of the best in cinematic history.
August 18, 2017
Alien 3 suffers from disinteresting characters and a boring story despite entering a few intriguing concepts into the universe. Unfortunately none of those concepts can save it from the mess that it became.
August 16, 2017
With yet another change in tone, the third film opts for a much bleaker feel to suit its premise, a choice that could have been interesting if it weren't for the terribly written script that has neither the tension of the first film, nor the thrilling action and compelling characters of the second, the lack of which becomes painfully obvious the longer it drags on. Add to that some atrocious CGI for the creature as well as a Ripley that is a pale comparison to her former self, and we're left with an overlong mess that is too boring to be saved by its visual and stylistic flair.
½ August 13, 2017
Alien 3 is well directed, well shot and it has a couple of memorable scenes such as the ending and the embryo scan, but it is otherwise one giant mess with entirely forgettable characters, many ridiculous decisions in terms of storytelling, a build up that serves no purpose as it has nothing to do with the Xenomorphs themselves and a lack of any genuine thrills. It surely is the black sheep of the franchise and of David Fincher's filmography.
½ August 10, 2017
Terrible alien 3 movie and spoiler Ripley dies, finally. I hated every alien movie except the second alien movie but that was just ok. This movie is trash.
August 9, 2017
Alien3 is a huge step down from "Aliens". Alien3 doesn't have suspense, thrills, and it just doesn't feel like an alien movie. There were some good things about this movie but not enough. There's no eeriness or creepiness, that worked with Prometheus but Prometheus had good scares and thrills. Alien3 also doesn't have a very good plot. It can get confusing and make no sense at times. The special effects for the aliens look better than the ones in Aliens but that still isn't enough to hold up this movie. Overall Alien3 is lacking suspense, scares, and thrills. It has a thin weak plot that makes little sense. Well, at least it's better than AVP. D+
August 1, 2017
For the most part the film really isn't to bad but otherwise it's nothing but a missed opportunity
½ July 16, 2017
Contains several interesting premises; extending the previous installment's idea that humans are the greater monster and finally following up on the Company's machinations, sadly that potential is not capitalised on. The titular xenomorph gets short shrift; generating little in the way of competent action sequences or tension-building. What there is of it is borderline hammy: it looks bad, most of the time it just appears and kills with no build up and this is especially disappointing when it comes to the fate of certain secondary characters. The result is that it feels like it's trying to go back to the glory of the first film, but doesn't quite know how to pull it off.
½ July 7, 2017
I actually enjoyed this movie, although it is definitely not as good as the first two.
July 2, 2017
This movie is not up to scratch with the previous 2 entries in the series. The acting is awful, the CGI looks cheap and nasty and the Xenomorphs aren't as badass as they've been before. It's a shame as it could've been something amazing, but it's a complete disappointment.
½ July 1, 2017
Maybe not a stone-cold classic like the first two, nevertheless "Alien 3", with the reliable Sigourney Weaver once more as Ripley, offers enough chills and thrills to be considered a winner. Following in the footsteps of Ridley Scott and James Cameron, David Fincher, in his feature-length debut, instills notable atmosphere in his creation. Suspenseful, immersive and occasionally funny, "Alien 3" also features a very convincing cast, with Charles Dance and Brian Glover arguably standing out.
½ June 30, 2017
Eh, I'm trying to understand what the point of this happening on a prison colony was meant to be. The concept of a planet of rapist, murderer criminals, with no escape seems creepy, but in the context of the movie it just feels more like a burden - yet another heaping pile of stress Ripley has to deal with. Yet when you drop an alien in the mix, the menace of these prisoners melts away pretty quickly.

Initially I thought it was going to be a movie about human menace, juxtaposed with Ripley's far more interesting PTSD problems. But instead it just sort of dissolved from thoughtful to predictable action the moment her prison buddy dies. Ah well.

Maybe there's just too much testosterone in this one. I had a hard time caring about the prisoners and their honor whatsoever. Alien: Covenant handled that concept better imo.
June 29, 2017
The "Assembly Cut" is much better than the theatrical version and it is close to the director's original version. It is 2 hours and 25 minutes.

Much better than alien 1 and 2. If is more poetic and symbolic . And beautifully shot. Great cast and not the acting is not macho or too forced.
Super Reviewer
½ June 26, 2017
Following hard plot-wise on the heels of Aliens (the second movie of the franchise and rightfully revered), is this addition wherein Ripley crash lands on a former prison colony. Guess who comes with her? Now there's 25 supposedly hardened ex-cons on the site, but they scream like a school bus of girl scouts taken to the ice cream shop at the mall once they find out about the other guest (one, count'em, one xenomorph). Is there any yelling, any shouting, any raising of the voice? Oh you bet your stars and garters there's that, bucko. Why Mr. Dutton might not have a single line in the thing delivered with his "inside voice". And all that yelling to get to practically very little going on. I sure hope 4 is better than this, the runt of the litter IMO.
June 24, 2017
Not as serious as the other alien movies. Its a good watch. Not as much imagination but a good cast with decent characters. Plenty of action.
½ June 22, 2017
Watched the Assembly Cut. Not a good movie. So much better than Covenant.
June 15, 2017
a total mess of a film. i wish fincher could have enacted his vision without corporate greed getting in the way of this franchise.
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