Alien: Resurrection (1997)
She’ll breed, you’ll die…any questions?
Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet.
Starring: Raymond Cruz, Gary Dourdan, Brad Dourif, J. E. Freeman, Kim Flowers, Dan Hedaya, Leland Orser, Ron Perlman, Dominique Pinon, Winona Ryder, Sigourney Weaver, Michael Wincott.
Two hundred years after her death Ripley is cloned for the Alien inside her by a rogue military faction. After the Alien is surgically removed the Ripley left is one of mixed species’ strengths and seemingly divided species loyalty. When the Alien breeds and decimates the military space station, it is left to Ripley and a group of "where the f*ck are the army guys?!" mercenary smugglers stuck on the outpost to stop the Aliens from reaching Earth.
The standard Alien and space special effects are in play here (with one special "birth" near the end). The music has a tendency to get in the way of scenes instead of enhancing them. There's a nice mixed group of engaging characters in the smugglers (the lovers, the horny foul mouthed tough guy, the brainy soft hearted wheelchair bound guy, the calm leader, the one with a secret) and the obsessed to the point of arrogant blindness doctors. Over all, the idea of a hybrid Ripley/Alien is an interesting one and makes for a decent center to a good fun action film.
Favorite line: "Earth? I'd rather stay here with the things man!"
Worth a rent if you're into the Alien movies and/or sci-fi/horror.
First published in 2004 on The Perlman Pages.