Sigourney Weaver's Ellen Ripley died in Alien3, the movie that was supposed to put the nail in the Alien coffin, but thanks to the miracles of next-millennium cloning, she's back, and full of alien DNA to boot (thus making her invincible, giving her acid for blood, and generally a pretty creepy chick). This new twist has great potential, as Ripley's alien side gives her a strange kinship with the creatures... creatures that once again are loosed by idiot scientists trying to tame them.
But in the end, the desire to spill more Blood! Blood! Blood! (and alien goo) wins out over plot and thematics. Instead, the picture progresses like a sorry rehash of the first three movies. Two hours later, I left depressed.
Director Jean-Pierre Jeunet, who made the masterful Delicatessen, has plenty of fun with creepy set design, creatures galore, clever photography, and propelled mucous, but other than that, Alien 4 has little to recommend. Even Winona Ryder as a reluctant comrade is a real disappointment.
In a crowded theater, everyone can hear you groan.
The special edition version of the film adds little more than a few minutes of extra footage to the film. The original script by Joss Whedon (before he was big!) is one of the notable extras on the DVD, which includes making-of featurettes and rehearsal footage.
The Alien Quadrilogy includes a total of nine disks: all four Alien films, each with a separate disk of extras, and an additional bonus disk complete with a Q&A with Ridley Scott, a UK documentary on Alien, original theatrical trailers to all four films, a DVD-ROM "script to screen" comparison feature, an anthology of 11 issues of the Dark Horse Alien comics, and more. These materials will give you a whole new appreciation for the Alien films.
Genre: Sci fi/Fantasy
Run time: 109 mins
In Theaters: Wednesday 26th November 1997
Box Office Worldwide: $162M
Distributed by: Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment
Production compaines: Brandywine Productions, Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
Contactmusic.com: 2 / 5
Rotten Tomatoes: 54%
Fresh: 38 Rotten: 33
IMDB: 6.3 / 10
Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Screenwriter: Joss Whedon
Starring: Sigourney Weaver as Ripley, Winona Ryder as Annalee Call, Dominique Pinon as Vriess, Ron Perlman as Johner, Michael Wincott as Frank Elgyn, Brad Dourif as Dr. Jonathan Gediman, Gary Dourdan as Christie, Dan Hedaya as General Martin Perez, Leland Orser as Larry Purvis, Raymond Cruz as Vincent Distephano, J.E. Freeman as Dr. Mason Wren, David St. James as Surgeon, Marlene Bush as Scientist
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