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Alien: Resurrection (1997)

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200 years after her death, Ellen Ripley is revived as a powerful human/alien hybrid clone. Along with a crew of space pirates, she must again battle the deadly aliens and stop them from reaching Earth.

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Jean-Pierre Jeunet

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sigourney Weaver ... Ripley
Winona Ryder ... Call
Dominique Pinon ... Vriess
Ron Perlman ... Johner
Gary Dourdan ... Christie
Michael Wincott ... Elgyn
Kim Flowers ... Hillard
Dan Hedaya ... General Perez
J.E. Freeman ... Dr. Wren
Brad Dourif ... Gediman
Raymond Cruz ... Distephano
Leland Orser ... Purvis
Carolyn Campbell Carolyn Campbell ... Anesthesiologist
Marlene Bush Marlene Bush ... Scientist
David St. James ... Surgeon
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Storyline

The saga continues 200 years after Ripley sacrificed herself for the sake of humanity. Her erstwhile employers long gone, this time it is the military that resurrects the one-woman killing machine through genetic cloning to extract the alien from within her, but during the process her DNA is fused with the queen and then the aliens escape. Now Ripley must decide where her allegiance lies.

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Genres:

Action | Horror | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sci-fi violence and gore, some grotesque images, and for language | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Jeunet & Caro

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 November 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Alien 4 See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$75,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$25,789,455, 28 November 1997, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$47,748,610, 15 February 1998

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$161,376,068
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Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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The resurrection of a popular series
4 December 2002 | by dee.reidSee all my reviews

Let's recap.

The first alien film, which was directed by Ridley Scott is the film that started it all. Scott's direction was sharp and "Alien" had the most tension-filled setting of the series and it brought to life a truly horrifying creature. But that was twenty-three years ago. "Alien" since it was released in 1979, has become seriously dated and seems to have lost some of its potency.

"Aliens", which was directed by James Cameron, is the most well-known film in the series and the most successful. This time instead of Ripley going up against one alien, she must now go up against an entire nest of the deadly creatures, but with the help of a few good marines added to the bunch. The ultimate question was of course, would excellent firepower be enough to combat the aliens? Cameron focused a lot on action and tension, which transformed "Aliens" into a war movie of sorts. I liked "Aliens" the most and hasn't lost any of its ability to still shock its audience.

"Alien 3", directed by David Fincher, is the most underrated of the series. Fincher changed the series by doing something new with it by adding his trademark dark settings to the film. Instead of continuing the trend that was pioneered by James Cameron, he went back to step one, while still taking the series in a new direction. He created one of the most dark and depressing horror films ever brought to life. Though for some odd reason, audiences missed that entirely. Fincher had originally intended the film to be much longer and with more character development, but executives at Fox had cheated him out of his own vision by removing most of said footage.

Now we have "Alien: Resurrection", released in 1997 and directed by acclaimed French film maker Jean-Pierre Jeunet. Set two-hundred years after the events of "Alien 3", Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) has been cloned from a sample of her DNA and must continue her ongoing fight with the deadly alien this time with the help of a group of futuristic space pirates and a mysterious woman named Call (Winona Ryder).

It goes without saying that Jeunet is a visual genius. He has a real sense of bringing life into his scenes and giving the movie a fantastic look. The gore here is pretty extreme and some scenes will certainly make your skin crawl, turning the movie into a freak show of sorts. But that could ultimately be what Jeunet was trying to do, I'm not quite sure. That is no reason to hate this film however. An excellent addition to the series that is not to be missed.


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