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Alien: Resurrection
Alien 4 / Alien - Die Wiedergeburt

USA 1997
produced by
Bill Badalato, Gordon Carroll, David Giler, Walter Hill, Sigourney Weaver (co) for Brandywine, 20th Century Fox
directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet
starring Sigourney Weaver, Winona Ryder, Dominique Pinon, Ron Perlman, Gary Dourdan, Michael Wincott, Kim Flowers, Dan Hedaya, J.E. Freeman, Brad Dourif, Raymond Cruz, Leland Orser, Carolyn Campbell, Marlene Bush, David St. James, Rodney Mitchell, Robert Faltisco, David Rowe, Garrett House, Rod Damer, Mark Mansfield, Daniel Raymont, Cris D'Annunzio, Steven Gilborn, Robert Bastens, Rico Bueno, Alex Lorre, Ronald Ramessar, Nicole Fellows, Tom Woodruff jr
written by Joss Whedon, based on characters created by Dan O'Bannon, Ronald Shusett, music by John Frizzell, visual effects supervised by Erik Henry, Richard E. Hollander, Pitof, original alien design by H.R. Giger

Alien

review by
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About 200 years have passed since the events of Alien 3 - which ended with an alien-impregnated Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) sacrificing herself to make sure to erradicate the alien species once and for all. But Ripley's body is cloned in a secret experiment on a military space station just outside of law's reach by doctors Wren (J.E. Freeman) and Gediman (Brad Dourif) - just to keep alienkind from dying out ... and use it to create the ultimate fighting machine of course. Of course, the doctors succeed to recreate the aliens, and the fact that Ripley is brought back into the world of the living along with the aliens and that he has adopted some alien powers along with her memory of old is a rather obscure side effect. Now this of course sounds like trouble enough, but then General Perez, military leader of the spaceship, has also hired a ragtag team of outlaws (Michael Wincott, Winona Ryder, Ron Perlman, Gary Dourdan, Dominique Pinon, Kim Flowers) to do some business with alien DNA on the side, not knowing that this team of outlaws actually plans to take over the whole ship and one of them (Ryder) is actually a known terrorist - and an android, as it would turn out only later. Thing is, in a rather predictable move, the aliens soon manage to escape their holding cells, and soon decimate the humans on the ship, and Ripley might be the only one who might know how to fight them ... but she has become socially awkward and it's unclear if anybody - military, scientific personnel and outlaws alike - can actually trust her. Still, it's a race for their lives and for humankind to make it through the ship to a rescue shuttle before the aliens kill them or the ship crashes into earth to destroy alienkind ...

 

So ok, Alien: Resurrection is not as great as either Alien or Aliens, but it definitely is a step up from Alien 3 and spins a good yarn that might at times be nonsensical, but it's also very tight, with well-placed shocks, plenty of suspense, and even bits of humour, carried by a strong cast playing strong characters - and the visuals of the thing are pretty much breathtaking, merging futurism and steam punk rather nicely without drawing too much attention to themselves but creating just the right atmosphere for the story to unfold.

That said, this film is not a classic, as it carries the burden of the films before it, but it's rather great and slightly eccentric genre entertainment!

 

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