Alien: Resurrection (1997) – Review

1 1/2 Stars

Alien: Resurrection is a disappointment in every way possible. Director Jean-Pierre Jeunet is adrift in his Hollywood debut, working from a weak concept from writer Joss Whedon, and delivers a poorly executed film that is easily the weakest entry in the Alien series. Franchise stalwart Sigourney Weaver is back in an attempt to add legitimacy to the project, but the final result is so underwhelming that her involvement becomes depressing.

Two hundred years have passed since Ellen Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) died on Fiorina 161. Aboard the medical research vessel USM Auriga, a team of scientists clone Ripley from her extracted DNA and removes the alien Queen embryo which was growing inside her at the time of her death. Meanwhile, a group of space pirates becomes trapped aboard the vessel with a dozen Alien spawn running amok.

This is a joyless film with long stretches of dullness sometimes interrupted by a series of repulsive images. The fertile imagination in storytelling, creative set design, compelling characters, and suspense of the first three movies is not present here. Instead the same old troops are trotted out (to much lesser effect) and the boredom sets in quickly. Alien Resurrection is a total dud.

Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Stars: Sigourney Weaver, Winona Ryder, Ron Perlman

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