In the span of a few years, 20th Century Fox managed to turn the "Alien" series from a prestige science-fiction franchise to the kind of shlock Dimension Films would have dumped in theaters between "Hellraiser IV" and "Phantoms." No doubt Jean-Pierre Jeaunet is a visionary, but his vision here is revolting; while it may have worked as a standalone film, as an "Alien" movie "Resurrection" is borderline profane.
Tonally the worst of the first four movies, ALIEN: RESURRECTION is still way more inventive than Fincher's nasty ALIEN3. In fact, there's a perverse joy in seeing the uber-serious Alien universe destroyed by buffoonery—Dan Hedaya is a hoot! The script or its interpretation or both are untenable. But Khondji's cinematography deserves huge praise (if Francis Bacon ever saw this, he'd laugh; but also silently approve).
You can definitely tell that I am not an Alien hardcore fan by the fact that Jeneut's Alien is my favorite, can't you? Anyway I was really suprised to see that this has such a low rating here at mubi. But I like it. Diverse opinins make culture interesting. Resurrection is an apropriate name for this installment. Alien was just body horror in a space mission gone wrong setting*. And Jeneut reinvented the story.
This is extremely underrated from my point of view.I have seen the previous Alien films and the second one and the third one suck,but this one is actually a proper "resurrection" to the series.I liked not only because Jeunet's imaginary universe has no boundaries whatsoever,but the acting was good(especially Perlman) and Khondji's cinematography was terrific.
Ripley has too many one-liners, it becomes cheesy. The supporting characters, with the exception of Winona Ryder's Call, are all very disposable. However this is the nastiest film in terms of gore and violence. It's action-packed and there's never a dull moment despite some silly moments... that shot with Ripley submerging in 'alien matter' was amazing! Anyway, it was fun to re-watch this one too.
Quite enjoyable, but the movie is let down by a weak script that seems to favour comedy for thrills. And to be honest, it was a mistake letting Jeunet do an Alien movie to begin with. I love Jeunet's other movies but on this one his zany visual style just hampers the movie. The underwater sequence is glorious though.