Alien: Resurrection (1997)

 “I’m not the mechanic here, Ironsides! I mostly just hurt people! ” – Johneralien 4

Number of Times Seen – 2 (23 Feb 2011 and 17 Sep 2015)

Brief Synopsis – 200 years after the previous movie, Ripley is cloned and must once again fight here Xenomorph enemies

My Take on it – I really dislike it when movies in a franchise reach a level where they are just making the same kind of story for the sake of making money instead of giving us something that feels new and fresh.

This movie felt that way because it felt like something we had already seen and didn’t add to the storyline anything interesting.

This was one of Joss Whedon’s first scripts and at least he was able to create some fun characters in the process.  He used a similar form of a team of characters a few years later when he created Firefly, and thankfully it worked better there.

The script is plodding and boring and the dialogue doesn’t work as well as it probably should have.

The plot is a rehashed one about the dangers of using technology that one doesn’t understand.

Too bad they didn’t think of that befrore making this one.

Bottom Line – Great bunch of characters that are left with a dull script.  This was one of Joss Whedon’s first scripts and he did a much better job a few years later when he used a similar band of characters for his Firefly TV series.  The action is pretty generic and the story rehashes once again the dangers of trying to harness technology one doesn’t even come close to being able to understand.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Sigourney Weaver made the behind-the-back half-court basketball shot successfully after two weeks of basketball practice, tutored by a basketball coach. Her conversion rate during that two weeks was about one shot in from every six. When the day came to shoot the scene, director Jean-Pierre Jeunet wanted to have the ball dropped in from above, rather than wait for Weaver to sink the shot herself, which “would probably take about 200 takes.” Weaver insisted that the she could get the shot in herself, which she was finally allowed to do. She sank the shot on the very first take, even though she was six feet further past the three-point line. Ron Perlman was completely stunned (and thoroughly impressed), and turned directly at the camera and broke character, saying, “Oh my God!” The editors looked at the shot and decided that there was “enough room to get the scissors in.” Weaver was excited about making the shot, but Jeunet was concerned that audiences would believe the shot to be faked due to the ball leaving the frame. Upon Weaver’s insistence, he kept the shot as it was. Weaver described the miracle shot as “one of the best moments in her life”, after her wedding day and the birth of her daughter, of course. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy


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