For two movies, people sat on the edge of their seats as Ripley fought the most horrifying aliens ever created, waiting for her to reach home and be free of the menaces that sought to destroy her. In Alien, she single-handedly destroyed the sole alien that had killed her crew. It was ludicrous that she would return to fight in Aliens, but the result was more than satisfying. Alien 3 came next, and everything that had made the Alien franchise so excellent was destroyed. Ripley died, Newt died, and the formula was as unoriginal as they get.
The Alien trilogy deserved a second chance. It got it. It failed. Alien: Resurrection overflowed with potential, now with the ability to incorporate state-of-the-art computer graphics, better sound, and a good story line. I liked how Ripley was rejuvenated (and the aliens), but even that excitement was short lived. Signourey Weaver is not the same Ripley as in the first three; she is cold, unimaginative, and part alien, which was the dumbest part. The rest of the characters were unlikable as well, with the exception of Winona Ryder, remnants of Alien 3. The aliens of the first three movies were flawless; in Alien: Resurrection, they were mainly computerized, which actually made them look less spectacular and menacing. As for the space graphics... They looked like they were from 1980. And then there was the final alien, Ripley's son, in a way, that was more idiotic looking than imaginable. Of course, Ripley flushed him out through a window, which was completely unoriginal; the same thing happened in the first two movies.
The actual production of Alien: Resurrection was good but the new look for the aliens, Ripley's transformation, and action sequences identical to those in the previous Alien movies left little to be desired for.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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