Alien: Resurrection is the 4th installment in the Alien franchise, which began in 1979 as a Last Stand in a Haunted House movie set in space. The first sequel, James Cameron’s Aliens, did blockbuster business, but by the ’90s the franchise had run out of steam, and David Fincher’s underrated Alien 3 was ignored because, as one producer remarked, “An Alien movie without guns? This movie won’t make dick!” He was right.
Alien: Resurrection brings back Sigourney Weaver (who has been in all 4 films) in the role that made her a household name. The film is directed by French visionary Jean-Pierre Jeunet (City of Lost Children), and is set 200 years in the future as another covert government military group decides it’s a good idea to bring the aliens back to life. (Don’t these guys ever learn?) To do so they clone Ellen Ripley (Weaver), using DNA found at the penal colony from Alien 3, where Ripley died trying (and succeeding, apparently) to kill off the aliens. The aliens are back, and are leaner, meaner, and smarter than before; but so is Ripley, who because the Queen alien was taken out of her body, now has a mental link with those acid-spewing rodents. Into this madhouse arrive the crew of the Betty, a maverick ship captained by Elgyn (Michael Wincott) and his crew of rough and tumble misfits, including Call (Winona Ryder), a young woman who is not what she seems. —Beyondhollywood.com
Several years before he helmed the fourth Alien film, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, together with fellow French cinema wunderkind/creative partner Marc Caro, made his mark on international cinema with two of the most distinctive films of the 1990s. Collaborating throughout the 1980s on ads, music videos, and such shorts as Le Manège (1980), Jeunet and Caro honed their signature visual flair and darkly comic sensibility; Jeunet’s solo effort Foutaises (1989) won a César for Best Short Film. Bringing their unique style to feature films in the 1990s, Jeunet and Caro’s debut work Delicatessen (1991) became an international art film sensation. Hailed for its grotesquely comic and oddly touching tale of post-nuclear survival amid a group of eccentrics in an ominous, almost palpably clammy yet cartoon-like “retro future” setting, Delicatessen attracted an ardent following and earned several festival prizes and two Césars. Flush from Delicatessen’s success, Jeunet and Caro finally made a feature they’d… read more
After re-watching all four Alien flicks practically back-to-back I feel like I need to reassess my opinion of Resurrection. When I first saw this (1998-99) I was a budding cinephile and was more than… read review
Alien: Resurrection has all the hallmarks one would expect from a film by Jean-Pierre Jeunet: the peculiar brand of humor that is entirely his own, the familiar actors from previous films, even the… read review