Alien 3 Movie Review
Both Alien and Aliens were classics, and Alien 3 was set to make the series a perfect trilogy. Unfortunately, it failed. David Fincher brings a masterful talent to the series, keeping with the dark atmosphere and creepy surroundings, but Alien 3 delivers nothing new and fails in some of the departments that made its predecessors great.
Signourey Weaver is back for a third time, but the writer did quickly away with the other survivors from Aliens by having them killed before they can say a line. Both Hicks and Newt, the little girl, fought courageously in the second movie and it seemed sort of cheap for them to be killed off so suddenly. Furthermore, what happens to Weaver is definitely disappointing, although Alien: Resurrection makes amends in that small area.
The biggest problem with Alien 3 is that, although it pertains a dark, creepy atmosphere, the movie is nowhere as scary as its predecessors. There is a lot more drama and conversation than the first two, unfortunately, and hardly any real scary scenes. The final, climatic scene is done pretty well as the humans, without weapons, try to trap the creature by using themselves as bait, inside a vat that will soon be filled with liquid hot lead, but there are no surprises. The fast and futile camera views from the alien perspective, running on both the floors and ceilings of corridors was probably the best part of the movie, but when they actually showed the creature in its computerized form, it was disappointing. In some parts, of course, they use an actual actor or robot, which looks cool and nasty, but when the alien is running on the ceiling, its color seems completely out of whack. The space graphics, on the other hand, looked good, but those aren't what mattered; the special effects inside matter, and basically, they failed. At the end, when the body leaps into the pit of burning lead, the person falls forever and becomes a tiny dot before it strikes the pit, yet they fell from only a short distance up and the pit was not very large.
Alien 3 was not as scary, lacked a big budgeted special effects department, and basically couldn't provide anything that was an improvement over its prequels. The only reason it managed a two and a half star rating is because it is just slightly better than Alien: Resurrection, which suffered from the same symptoms.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.