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ALIEN RESURRECTION (1997) ****

<Apology in advance for not getting this Horror Franchise Movie review up in time  This time the reason for the delay was technical and not laziness.  We lost our internet during a thunderstorm Wednesday night and they didn’t get it up and running again until yesterday.  Sorry once again and I’ll do my best to finish up all the Horror-Ween reviews by the time the clock strikes twelve Halloween night.>

 

Now I know I’m gonna take some heat for this but Alien Resurrection is a fucking awesome movie.  I know people are going to ridicule me for giving it the same rating as both Alien and Aliens, but I don’t really care.  If I did that Five Star bullshit; Alien and Aliens would get Five Stars and this would get Four.  But I don’t, so deal with it.  Is Alien Resurrection as good as those two films?  Not in a million years.  But as a fourth entry in a series that takes place hundreds of years in the future and has a plot that relies heavily on stunt casting and cloning, it’s about as good as you can get. 

 

Alien Resurrection is basically the Day of the Dead of the Alien franchise.  It really makes an effort to see what makes the Aliens tick and I thoroughly enjoyed the scenes where the scientists were futzing around with them in the lab.  And like Day of the Dead, we get to see the Aliens slowly gaining more intelligence too.  (I love the scene where the Aliens figure out they have acid for blood and murder one of their own so they can use it’s blood to escape their cage.)  As with Day of the Dead, not many people dig it, but I’m pretty adamant about my love for it.

 

First and foremost I have to say that Sigourney Weaver is awesome in this movie.  Since she’s playing a clone that’s part Alien herself, it frees her up a lot and lets her play this particular Ripley in a quirky fashion that works.  She definitely dives into the role with relish and looks like she’s having a blast, which is more than I can say about her performance in Alien3.

 

The supporting cast is a lot of fun too.  Out of everyone, I have to say that Michael Wincott was my favorite.  He’s actually a really cool character that unfortunately doesn’t get much to do as he gets Captain Dallased about halfway through.  Winona Ryder overcomes her obvious miscasting and manages to have a few good moments with Weaver.  And because Ron Perlman is in this movie, it’s only a given that he steals every scene he’s in.

 

And I know the flick isn’t in the same league as Parts 1 and 2, but it does have a couple of great “Oh Shit” moments.  My favorite scene in the movie comes when Ripley finds a lab containing the failed cloning attempts.  This scene is unexpectedly powerful, mostly because Weaver is so great.  lt also give us a fresh take on the whole “kill me” scene that’s a constant in the series.  I also liked the scene where a guy let his chestburster gnaw through another dude’s head.  Then of course there’s the love scene between Ripley and the Alien.  That shit was crazy.  And I also have to express my love for the “Newborn”, the half human/half Alien love child.  That sucker is cool as Hell and it’s a shame that he didn’t get more screen time.  Still, the scariest thing in the movie is Dan Hedaya’s shoulder hair.  I think I’m going to have nightmares from that shit.

 

I thought Alien Resurrection was fairly awesome when it first came out but it’s actually improved with age.  It’s also cool to watch the flick now since screenwriter Joss Whedon pretty much cannibalized the crew to “The Betty” to create the crew of Serenity on Firefly.  Heck, they even call the spaceship a “boat”.

 

Despite the critical drubbing, the fanboy backlash, and box office failure of Alien Resurrection, I still think it’s pretty great.  It’s a fresh take on the material and effectively gets rid of the bad taste in your mouth left by Alien3.  If you saw it years ago and didn’t like it, give it another shot.  This is one movie that’s ripe for rediscovery.  Or resurrection.

 

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