Two hundred years after the events of Fiorina 161, and the universe has been free of the xenomorphs. But when some scientists discover some of Ripley's DNA, they start an experiment that has horrific results.
After the problems with 'Alien 3', it was a long five years before studio executives decide to add another entry to the franchise, and especially one that took things in such a new direction. What we have here is a radical departure from the look and feel of what had come before. If you have seen any of the director's previous work (especially the excellent 'The City Of The Lost Children') then you will be familiar with the slightly twisted, dream-like spin he puts on all his movies, and to inject this into the classic SF franchise was a brave move. The results though, are great for the most part. The plot is shaky at the start and one certain key plot element just doesn't seem to make any sense, but when the action starts, then you know you are in familiar territory. The setting is reminiscent of 'Alien' and the feel of the ending reminds me slightly of 'Aliens'. The characters are all larger than life and some of the casting choices (especially Ron Perlman and Brad Dourif) are just inspired. The xenomorphs themselves look very familiar, and this is the first time that you see one completely rendered in CGI, and though a little of the realism is lost, they look good for the most part. The blood flows pretty well, with plenty of people getting bitten and burnt, and there is plenty of action to keep anyone happy. But, as the movie reaches the end, then this is where things start to get a little out of control, and you lose the grittiness that the franchise is known for, and the final shot was really, really not needed in the slightest. All in all, this is an entry in the series that you either love or hate. Luckily, I am one of those people that loved it. Was it a 'resurrection' to the franchise, and as good as the first two entries? The answer there is a distinct "No", but this is still a great piece of SF / Action.