Alien Resurrection

1997

Alien Resurrection

Critics Consensus

Alien Resurrection marks a slight improvement over its predecessor, but still lacks the emotional stakes that helped make the franchise's first two entries sci-fi/horror classics.

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Two 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

Cast

Sigourney Weaver
as Ellen Ripley
Winona Ryder
as Annalee Call
Dan Hedaya
as Gen. Perez
J.E. Freeman
as Dr. Wren
Brad Dourif
as Gediman
Raymond Cruz
as Distephano
Kim Flowers
as Hillard
Gary Dourdan
as Christie
Carolyn Campbell
as Anaesthesiologist
Tom Woodruff Jr.
as Lead Alien
Marlene Bush
as Scientist
Rodney Mitchell
as Soldier with Glove
Robert Faltisco
as Soldier Shot Through Helmet
David Rowe
as Frozen Soldier
Garret House
as Soldier
Rod Damer
as Soldier
Chip Nuzzo
as Soldier
Rico Bueno
as Sleeper
Alex Lorre
as Sleeper
Ron Ramessar
as Sleeper
Joan LaBarbara
as Newborn Vocals
Archie Hahn III
as Newborn Vocals
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Critic Reviews for Alien Resurrection

All Critics (78) | Top Critics (19) | Fresh (44) | Rotten (34)

  • Alien Resurrection is juiced by the fresh thinking of visionary French director Jean-Pierre Jeunet...

    May 14, 2019 | Full Review…
  • The franchise has lost none of its taste for acid-spewing, flesh-impaling, entrail-dripping gore. But the tone has changed...If this is your cup of slime, this jauntily gruesome installment won't disappoint.

    Mar 5, 2018 | Full Review…

    David Ansen

    Newsweek
    Top Critic
  • Weaver obviously knows her role by now, but Winona Ryder is as much of an action hero as Julie Nixon would be, going way out of her element.

    Jan 9, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

    Mike Clark

    USA Today
    Top Critic
  • 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.

    Jan 22, 2002 | Full Review…
  • It brings a mordant, crackerjack wit to the world of chest-busting, head-ripping creepazoids from beyond.

    Jan 22, 2002 | Full Review…
  • If you need to read a review to decide if you want to see "Alien Resurrection," you absolutely shouldn't be going.

    Feb 21, 2001 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Alien Resurrection

  • May 19, 2017
    Alien 3 is a mess, but it's nothing compared to the abomination that is Alien: Resurrection. One wouldn't be wrong by saying that there isn't one good thing to say about this film. Sure, everything isn't horrible, but just about 95 percent of it is. Last time I checked, that's not a good percentage. Resurrection is a shell of the films that made this series great in the first place. To start, the film's tone is all over the place. It feels like the script wants the film to take a lighter direction but the direction does exactly the opposite. You have characters that don't feel like real human beings and always seem to overact to the conflict, why the conflict itself is overtly gory and grotesque, just for the sake of being gory and grotesque. I'm still not sure what audience this film was trying to appeal to. It's neither a scary thriller like the first film nor an exciting action film like Aliens. But that's not for lack of trying. Who thought it would be a good idea to have Ripley come back as an uncomfortably sexualized version of herself without any explanation as to why she was cloned in the first place? After the semi-heroic act at the end of Alien 3, there's absolutely no need to go back and recycle the same characters. And really, what was the point of bringing back Ripley if she wasn't even going to have the qualities we love about Weaver's portrayal. This does way more to hurt Ripley's legacy than it does to amplify it. Written by Joss Whedon and directed by the guy who made Amelie makes this film more puzzling than its predecessor. We know there were severe behind the scenes issues with Fincher's Alien 3, but who could have possibly greenlit Resurrection? There's nothing redeemable about this film. And I mean nothing. Great actors and actresses like Ron Perlman and Winona Ryder give less than stellar performances (and that's generous). Even Weaver, who has always been the light of this franchise was just passible as Ripley. Heck, the Xenomorphs themselves were pathetic. The special effects looked off, they were kept up in cages for most of the film, and the hybrid alien at the end? My god it was all-time awful. -Tone is all over the place -Script and direction take the film to separate places -Performances 2.9/10
    Thomas D Super Reviewer
  • Jun 22, 2016
    Ellen Ripley as a human/alien hybrid? Okay, I'm listening. Script lacking any real point other than to escape getting killed by aliens. Yeah, you're losing me. Oh and Brad Dourif's character really is just off putting and terrible. Decent amount of "alien action" saves the flat dialogue from a lower score with this one. Pretty surprising seeing as that Joss Whedon wrote this one.
    Patrick W Super Reviewer
  • Mar 05, 2015
    While the first three "Alien" films aimed for something artistic, "resurrection" is decidedly simple, going for a more "popcorn" aesthetic. Thankfully, it does a good job at that.
    Joshua H Super Reviewer
  • Jan 30, 2013
    There always comes a point when a franchise is taken too far and this represents the "death" of Alien within a resurrection. The cast seems to be cashing in on the opportunity and mailing in performances. There is a great line potentially here about Winona Ryder's robotic performance but to say too much would give always the ending for the one person who hasn't seen it that would even bother to see it.
    John B Super Reviewer

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