During an archaeological expedition on Bouvetøya Island in Antarctica, a team of archaeologists and other scientists find themselves caught up in a battle between the two legends. Soon, the team realize that only one species can win.
A team of explorers discover a clue to the origins of mankind on Earth, leading them on a journey to the darkest corners of the universe. There, they must fight a terrifying battle to save the future of the human race.
A cybernetic warrior from a post-apocalyptic future travels back in time to protect a 19-year old drifter and his future wife from a most advanced robotic assassin and to ensure they both survive a nuclear attack.
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After escaping from the alien planet, the ship carrying Ellen Ripley crashes onto a remote and inhabited ore refinery. While living in the ore refinery until she is rescued by her employers, Ripley discovers the horrifying reason for her crash: An alien stowaway. As the alien matures and begins to kill off the inhabitants, Ripley is unaware that her true enemy is more than just the killer alien. Written by
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David Twohy contributed to the pile of abandoned scripts the movie's pre-production generated. In his version, the only returning character is Ripley, who only briefly appears on a file card. As in previous scripts the story involves experiments in genetically-engineering aliens as bioweapons. This script introduced a high-security prison facility in space and its morally ambiguous inmates (one of which is an escape artist), themes which made it into both the finished product, and Twohy's own Pitch Black (2000). See more »
In the autopsy-scene Clemens says that "I would consider it unwise to tolerate even the possibility of an unwelcome virus. An outbreak of cholera would look extremely bad on a report."
Actually cholera is caused by a bacterium called "Vibrio cholerae". See more »
Stasis interrupted. Fire in cryogenic compartment. Repeat, fire in cryogenic compartment. All personnel report to emergency escape vehicle launch pod. Deep-space flight will commence in T-minus twenty seconds.
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The 20th Century Fox fanfare that plays during the opening studio logo segues ominously into the score of the film. See more »
There is a limit to how many times a story can be told....
For the "Alien" saga, that number is 3.
This third installment of the venerable saga basically plays out like a Greek tragedy where everything is desolate and everyone is in despair, either over personal loss or their own discontent. Ripley ends up on a prison planet and, of course, one of the aliens from the original has followed her, ensuring an onslaught of epic proportions.
UNFORTUNATELY, too much time is given to think about certain plot points. Such as:
Why are so many interesting characters introduced (namely Dance), then dropped so arbitrarily?
Why does Fincher's direction seem so shaky and unsure (in great contrast to his work in "Se7en")?
How could the same writers (mainly Hill and Giler) write a story that has little or no emotional impact and next to no development as far as plot, motivation or even (in the alien's instance) shock value?
And you'll notice, once you've seen this film, that it hasn't got the same sensibilities the first film had. There is too much time spent on the downbeat, the morose and the evil that men do that there is little to no time left for the sporadic alien attacks. Sometimes, it's easy to forget this is science fiction we're watching; it might as well be a prison drama for all this movie cares.
I won't give away how this movie ends, but to ask one question: if this was, indeed how the series was supposed to end, what are we to make of Ripley's act? Was she indeed being ascended to the Christ-like for her actions (as is made all too obvious by the final symbolism) or was she a martyr for the cause of good vs. evil? Or was it, as is my opinion, misplaced symbolism just for symbolism's sake?
Even in the theater I saw this in, many of those around me reacted to this film like they would one of "Alien"'s many rip-offs. Lots of exasperated sighs at different points, some non-amused laughter and at least one person commented aloud "Aw, jeez!".
My feelings, exactly.
Three stars for the effort but as far as sequels go, this probably wasn't as "Alien" a product as they wanted to get to the audience.
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