Lieutenant Ellen Ripley awakens on a prison planet after her escape pod crashes there, only to discover that her craft has also been harboring a dangerous extra-terrestrial which soon begins a vicious killing spree.
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2003 Assembly Cut (145min): no viewing of ALIEN3 can be complete without WRECKAGE AND RAGE, de Lauzirika's exhaustive doc on the troubled production. Fincher has matured as a storyteller since BENJAMIN BUTTON, but his legacy will remain as technician. And despite all the studio meddling, the inherent nastiness in ALIEN3 is all him. Thankfully, relief arrives as black humor when Ripley teams up with the prison freaks!
I need to watch the "Assembly Cut". The CGI Alien is laughable compared to the man in suit gimmick of the first movie. I understand why Fincher doesn't want his name associated with 'Alien 3' but it´s not a bad movie.. it's far from that.
As horrendous as I'd always heard this movie was from "Alien" fans, the experience of watching it was even worse. Yes, I mean the workprint. "Alien 3" was clearly a flawed production from the word "go," cobbled together from at least half a dozen scripts. As "Alien" novelist Alan Dean Foster said, the killing of Hicks and Newt was truly "an obscenity." Sigourney Weaver should have known better.
Awkward CGI use aside, Alien 3 is on the same level of awesomeness of the previous ones. Didn't know it was underrated until I saw the ratings here. Not trying to piss Fincher's fans off - already pissing - this is better than Fight Club.
I think this third entry in the Alien saga doesn't get the credit it deserves. Sure, it's a bit of a step-down compared with the first two, perhaps because it isn't as moody/dark as "Alien" or action/creature-packed like "Aliens", falling somewhere in between. But I think it's still an incredible first-feature film by Fincher, with great visuals and some interesting characters. Ripley rocked that shaved head!
Saw the '03 "Special Edition" that's part of the Alien Anthology set. I gotta say I enjoyed it, the premise of the nearly abandoned prison and how they keep each other in line, and the look of the thing. You could say, though, that Ripley's character gets pushed aside a few too many times within the story. Flawed, but memorable.
Really enjoyed the extended cut (although not directors cut) that is on the 2 disc set. Despite its fundamental flaws it creates a believable atmosphere and one where terror could very well have run amok.
Check out the making-of (or unmaking-of) featurette on the 2 disc DVD. Vincent Ward's original story for the film would have been fantastic! Worth the price of the DVD.
A beautiful and misunderstood three-legged creature. It can't do all the tricks of a healthy animal but it does its best and there is something mesmerizing about its failure. I love it though I know it has problems.