Alien Resurrection Reviews
It's still a must see for any Alien Film follower and parts of it are acceptable!
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
The fun fact is that the screenplay is authored by Joss Whedon (although he's very sad of what they did to his work). There is something from Joss still there, and it kind of could even work if he was directing it himself, but it seems that artistic differences were too big with the director onthis one. And it just turned out to be a one hell of a weird alien movie.
Least favorite in the series easily.
Leave it to the Alien franchise to eject the most contrived plots from their slimy story eggs, more lethal than face-huggers, latching onto to the audience playing host to their box-office victories. People pay for the familiar. But the Alien franchise quickly becomes painfully too familiar. None of the films can successfully recapture the suspense and terror of Ridley Scott's original experience, which is a near perfect film.
Does Ripley belong here? Absolutely not. But then we'd be stuck with these other stale, mercenary-like, weapon-wielding characters, and that's unwatchable.
Jeunet goes on to follow this film with the very good Amelie, so we know he's not a bad filmmaker. Therefore we have to question: what is he thinking here? Is this the result of a conflict between his vision and the studio? Possibly, such has been the detriment of many filmmakers, which is possibly why he took four years to get to his next work, a far more independent work less interfered by studio execs. Whatever the case, his resulting film is campy, messy, convoluted, and noisy.
The only thing different we get is in Act 3, when the designers finally deviate from Geiger's steampunk xenomorph, and create something that seems to have a human being inside screaming for help. Before it was easy to blast a xenomorph in the head senselessly and not have a care in the world, but this thing has human eyes. There's a terrific moment when a strobe light reflects off it's white skin, and the downtrodden eyes are drawn out. We feel bad for this thing, we sense it's suffering - there's empathy and sorrow, something the series had severely lacked. Ripley perfectly mirrors how the audience feels when she is forced to kill it (in the most cruel possible way); she sees a giant baby being swallowed by the cold of space, and she feels bad for it. It's a tender moment rare in the franchise.