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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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Hell gives birth. See more »

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Action | Horror | Sci-Fi

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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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2.39 : 1
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One of the worst films I've ever seen
31 January 2005 | by eskovan1See all my reviews

Alien Resurrection is more than just a bad installment to the Alien franchise. It is a horrible, horrible, HORRIBLE film from top to bottom. The script, the effects, the cast, and especially the acting are all unbelievably bad.

The script: The whole concept is contrived, disjointed, and completely 'deux ex machina'. Bringing Ripley back from the dead via cloning, even 350 years in the future, is ridiculous. She wouldn't retain any memories of her past life, and the alien parasite inside her at the time of her death could not have 'inserted' itself into her DNA allowing it to be cloned with her. Bringing her back any of the other ways, making it her grand daughter, making her an android, even making all of Alien3 having been a hypersleep hallucination, any of those would have been better.

The effects: Not only were they not used to the advantage of the story in any way, in some ways, they were downright bad. Everyone always goes on about how 'cool' the swimming aliens were. Number one, it was little more than a neat little gimmick. And two, it was poorly executed. The CGI aliens looked, well, like CGI aliens. In other words, they looked fake. They weren't quite photo-realistic in their appearance & movements. And they were on screen for all of about 3 seconds. Also the final scene reentering Earth's atmosphere was awful. It looked like they ran out of money and hoped no one would notice. And most of all the, ahem, newborn. The achieved something here alright. They found a way to make H.R.Giger's alien, the scariest movie monster ever, look like something out of a Lucy skit. When that thing appeared I sunk in my seat in embarrassment.

The cast: I really like Winona Ryder, but she never was & never will be an action heroine. It should have been obvious from the start that she was a completely wrong choice. And Sigourney, well, she got her 10 million dollar check and sleepwalked thru the role, if not deliberately sabotaging the film because she's sick of her association with them. As far as the rest of the cast, they were all completely forgettable. So I've completely forgotten them. Other than Dan Hedaya and Ron Perlman, who serve as nothing more than comedy relief.

The performances: I can sum them up thusly- The director didn't speak or understand English. And it shows. Didn't it occur to anyone that that might be a bad idea?! In all seriousness, I've watched lots of MST3K and Roger Coreman has made better movies than this.

Alien Vs. Predator, a seemingly more derided film, just came out on DVD and while not up to the standard of either Alien or Aliens it was about a million times better than this one.


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