Review of Alien: Resurrection

13 October 2023
"Alien Resurrection," directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet and released in 1997, is the fourth installment in the iconic "Alien" franchise. The film takes place 200 years after the events of "Alien 3," with Ellen Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) being cloned and resurrected with Xenomorph DNA.

The film aims to blend the horror elements of the original "Alien" with the action-packed sequences of its sequels, all while introducing a new layer of science fiction complexity. This review delves into various aspects of the film, from its narrative and characters to its thematic depth and visual effects.

The story kicks off with Ripley's resurrection through advanced cloning techniques, a plot device that serves both as a continuation and a reboot of sorts for the franchise. The narrative is structured the study of the Xenomorphs and how they can be weaponised. However, things go awry, leading to a fight for survival aboard the USM Auriga

The pacing is generally well-executed, with moments of tension and release, although it does suffer from some inconsistencies. The film attempts to explore new territories by introducing hybrid creatures and delving into the ethics of cloning, but these elements sometimes feel shoehorned into the plot.

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Ripley, now a clone with some Xenomorph DNA, is a complex character in this installment. Her struggle with her identity and humanity adds a psychological layer to the film. Sigourney Weaver's performance is commendable, as she successfully portrays a Ripley who is both familiar and eerily different.

The supporting cast, including Winona Ryder as Annalee Call, a synthetic human with a mysterious agenda, adds depth to the story. However, some characters feel underdeveloped and are there merely to serve as Xenomorph fodder.

"Alien Resurrection" delves into several science fiction tropes, including cloning, ethical dilemmas related to scientific experimentation, and the concept of hybrid species. The film also explores themes of identity and the essence of humanity, primarily through Ripley's character arc. These themes are enriched by the dark and claustrophobic atmosphere, which harks back to the original "Alien" film.

The film excels in its visual effects and set design. The grotesque beauty of the Xenomorphs and the hybrids is captured excellently, thanks to the advancements in CGI and practical effects. The sound design, including the haunting score, adds to the film's unsettling atmosphere.

"Alien Resurrection" is a polarizing entry in the franchise that attempts to push boundaries both in terms of narrative and thematic depth. While it succeeds in some areas, such as character development and visual effects, it falls short in cohesively integrating its ambitious themes into the plot. Nonetheless, it remains an intriguing exploration of familiar characters and themes, offering enough to satisfy fans and provoke thought on ethical and existential questions.


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