Alien: Resurrection (1997)

Alien: Resurrection (1997)

1997 | R | 109 Minutes

Action | Science Fiction | Horror

Two hundred years after Lt. Ripley died, a group of scientists clone her, hoping to breed the ultimate weapon. But the new Ripley is full of surprises … as are the new aliens. Ripley must team wi...

Overall Rating

5 / 10
Verdict: So-So

User Review

  • Alien: Resurrection is a pointless convoluted instalment to what was an excellent franchise. Honestly was there any need for this? It didn't further the story, didn't impress anyone and if anything is just the same old tired formula...but worse. Firstly though I could not fault the production design, it had that 90's rustic sci-fi theme. The action set pieces were good, particularly the scene where our characters are on a ladder with a Xenomorph climbing after them. It gets better as it goes along, don't get me wrong there are some fun moments. Problem is, on the whole, it's just a mess. Having died in the third film, Ripley has now been cloned with an Alien Queen embryo inside of her so that a corporation can create more Xenomorphs apparently for "vaccines". Sure, you aren't fooling anyone. Not only that, she's now part human, part Xenomorph and part invincible acid blood super heroic badass. Seriously why does this exist? The whole cloning sub-plot was unexplored and the hybrid Alien scenario felt forced and convenient. The screenplay, by Joss Whedon, was clearly conveying how humans are just as or more dangerous than the Xenomorphs but there are better methods to convey that message. Also some of those lines are absolutely terrible, most notably: "so who do I have to *insert expletive* to get off this boat?". Good lord why!? The acting all round was rather mediocre, Ron Perlman was actually decent though. There were glimpses where Sigourney Weaver was good, but unfortunately these were destroyed by the other terrible actors. The direction was weak, I could smell the mediocrity through the TV. Guess what though? Xenomorphs can swim underwater. Who knew! Urghhhh I mean all the horror elements are now gone as well! Resurrection tried to do just that for the franchise, but instead aided in its downfall. Disappointment.