my vote for a perfect sci-fi film. great claustrophobic cinematography. super acting, interesting plot and a great finish.
I saw an old grainy 70mm print of this projected in Imax and it came off like an Alan Clarke film in space. Fucking brill. The amazing thing is that a high quality dvd transfer makes it look like a very glossy Chris Cunningham music video (or the other way round...), the image just majestically tightens up. Only the look of "mother" has really dated.
Probably the greatest contribution Alien made, even more so than Giger's terrifying alien creature, is it's de-glorification of space travel. By presenting the Nostromo crew as working class grunts, the film brings space down to a gritty, more relatable level. And it is that sliver of familiarity that makes the ensuing events all the more terrifying.
Aliens is a terrifying film about nature's evolutionary prowess and the failure of humanity's modern triumph - technology. Androids revolt against their creators, computers betray their trust, the lights endlessly flicker, all the while the slow crush of nature's perfect evolutionary creature - the xenomorph - picks us off one by one. Taut, terrifying, atmospheric - Alien is exactly the film you think it is and more.
altro che Paul McCartney: è Ridley Scott ad essere stato rimpiazzato post mortem da un sosia negli anni '80 (pensieri delle 2 di notte dopo l'ennesima visione di Alien)
Scott has come a long way since Prometheus, which this film borrows heavily from to vastly greater effect.
Brilliantly taps into every man's inherent fear of getting raped in the mouth. And also giving birth.
I would consider Alien one of the top 5 sci-fi movies of all time. So well done it holds it's own today despite being made in 1979. It defined the genre of sci-fi/horror in my opinion, and nothing before or after has been it's equal. The aliens themselves are still scary thanks to the designs of HR Giger. And Sigourney Weaver is amazing and perfect as "Ripley".
This is not a sci-fi movie, to make this clear. Setting, Lightning and Effects are cool, but the horror elements are cheap and if you complain about the crew behavior in Prometheus, you shouldn't watch Alien And again, this is not a sci-fi movie, I was really disappointed by that fact.