Scifi Horror
Alien: Resurrection
Dir: Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Star: Sigourney Weaver, Winona Ryder, Ron Perlman
Cert / Year: 18 - R / 1997
Format: DVD R2

Two hundred years after the incident on Fury 161 the USM Auriga is a military medical research ship operating in uncharted space. The reason for its clandestine operation is to breed the Alien creature. To do this they have cloned Ellen Ripley from a blood sample taken on Fury and extracted the alien queen she was carrying. To complete these experiments to crew of the pirate vessel The Betty have been contracted to steal humans while in cyro sleep to act as hosts. The alien creatures inevitably escape, but this time the threat is not only to the crews of the Auriga and the Betty but to Earth itself.

After the huge mistake that was Alien³ things could only get better, and lets face it if they didn't then it may well have been the end of the Alien franchise. So this film is resurrection is more ways than one, fortunately the lessons have been learned and it's miles better. Story (although the ending makes only cursory sense), characters, effects and direction have all been improved.

The direction and look and feel of this movie are the responsibility of French director Jean-Pierre Jeunet who had previously found success with Delicatessen and The City of the Lost Children. He brings a rich visual flair to the proceedings with strong use of colours, elaborate sets, and beautiful visual compilations. This lends the film an atmospheric alien quality. Also added to the film has been an increase in the gore factor, moving it away from the more psychological horror of the original Alien and more into the realm of Hellraiser. This isn't necessarily a bad thing but does mean that the emphasis is now with gross out shocks rather then jump out of your seat frights.

The script unlike the previous movie gives the Aliens a better enemy (although the dialogue is a bizarre mix of inappropriate sexual innuendo and re-used lines from Aliens). The return to high tech a big guns certainly makes for a better film. Add to this some well hard pirates and things aren't quite so one sided any more. Playing these guys we have Jeunet regulars Ron Perlman and Dominique Pinon who provide some of the best performances in the film, and also worth a mention is Gary Dourdan. Sigourney Weaver is returning yet again as Ripley only this time she is a part alien clone of previous self. This seems to mean she can have great fun being weird, and this doesn't quite work as it means we lose empathy with the character. The biggest problem comes in the form of the woefully miscast Winona Ryder. She is a fine actress but this just isn't the role for her, she just isn't right for and doesn't convince in the part.

The effects are on the whole much better than the previous film. The Alec Gillis, Tom Woodruff Jr. alien suits are spot on (no more stupid dog aliens) and the computer animation is now capable of fulfilling the task. This is brilliantly demonstrated in the aliens training scene, and in the superb swimming aliens scene respectively. There is however one problem and unfortunately it is rather a large one. In a misguided attempt to provide us with something different the New-born alien was created. It looks ridiculous, worse it's pathetic, and it looks like an ET doll that had been left in front of the fire and melted.

Alien Resurrection is entertaining and goes a long way in clawing back a bit of credibility for the licence. It isn't as good as the first two films but then not much is, but by no means does it plumb the depths of Alien³. Plus points include the Jean-Pierre Jeunet's direction, and Ron Perlman and Dominique Pinot. Downers include the miscast Winona Ryder and the pitiful New-born. At the end of the day this is an Alien movie that has its moments both good and bad. Roll on Alien 5.

Rating: 3 out of 5

Picture 2.35:1 Anamorphic Good but not perfect it is slightly grainy.
Audio Dolby Digital 5.1 Powerful big bang soundtrack
Features Behind the Scenes Featurette
Verdict Good film transfer wihth minimal extras. Suffers from the deminishing returns of sequels in a box set. A this is the most modern film there should be more extras.

Rating: 2 out of 5

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