Alien: Resurrection (TCF 1997, Sigourney Weaver, Winona Ryder)

The fourth film in one of the most successful and enduring of all Hollywood film franchises. Two hundred years after her death in a furnace of molten lead, Lt Ellen Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) is revived as a potent human/ alien clone in Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s ghoulish and gory continuation of the Alien chronicle, the fourth in the series coming 18 years after the first.

Ripley had committed the ultimate selfless act in Alien3, killing herself to save humanity after realising she had become impregnated with an alien queen. But, on the military research space station Auriga, megalomaniac doctors Wren (J.E. Freeman) and Gediman (Brad Dourif) have cloned the Lieutenant as part of their project to revitalise the extinct alien species for government use, using a supply of cryogenically frozen hostages from the pirate ship ‘The Betty’ as incubators of alien eggs.

However, on board ‘The Betty’ is Annalee Call (Winona Ryder), a humane humanoid determined to wreck the project and kill Ripley before the creatures can break loose. But, and let the squeamish beware, break loose they do and gloopy visceral grotesqueness explodes onto the screen amidst underwater chases and superhuman feats of strength from Ripley. Desperate to escape from the marauding monsters slipping slimily around the ship, the crew despatches to all corners of the station with the disgusting aliens in hot and sticky pursuit.

After learning that the scientists wish to introduce the Aliens to earth, however, Ripley and Call unite, setting the Auriga ship on a crash course to destroy the species, but with their own lives on the line…

Director Jeunet (Delicatessen, The City of Lost Children) adds a Gallic surrealism to the Alien series and his unique visual style and sense of humour give the film a “suitably gothic and biological” (Empire) feel. The script, by Joss Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), “serves up a delicious premise” (Empire) and is “coherent, entertaining and exciting” (Sight and Sound).

With Weaver adeptly “lithe and sexy” (San Francisco Chronicle), and introducing Ryder to provide a spot of much-needed humanity amongst the carnage, Alien: Resurrection “is easily the goriest… Alien movie” (and) “The visuals… are electrifying… The Aliens have never been so gracefully defined” (Empire).

Alien Resurrection

Cast: Sigourney Weaver, Winona Ryder, Brad Dourif, Ron Perlman, Michael Wincott, Gary Dourdan, Dan Hedaya, Dominique Pinon, Leland Orser, Raymond Cruz, J.E. Freeman, David St. James, Marlene Bush, Carolyn Campbell, Kim Flowers, Raymond Cruz, Nicole Fellows, Tom Woodruff Jr., Rod Damer, Daniel Raymont, Cris D’Annunzio, Robert Faltisco, Rico Bueno, Alex Lorre, Nito Larioza

Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Producer: Bill Badalato, Gordon Carroll, Walter Hill, David Giler, Sigourney Weaver
Director of Photography: Darius Khondji

Production Companies: Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, Brandywine Productions
Release Date: 12 November 1997
Running Time: 100 minutes
Genres: Science Fiction, Horror, Action
Country: United States of America
Language: English
Tagline: It’s already too late.

Budget and Box Office takings where known
Budget: $70,000,000
Revenue: $162,000,000

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