Alien³

1992

Action / Horror / Sci-Fi

224
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 44%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 48%
IMDb Rating 6.4 10 245388

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Sigourney Weaver as Ellen Ripley
Charles Dance as Clemens
Lance Henriksen as Bishop II
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by colossu5 3 / 10

A potentially great movie ruined by some unorthodox stylistic decisions.

First off, I'd like to say that had Alien and Aliens never been filmed, Alien3 would've made a good movie just as it is. Unfortunately the reality is that since both of the first 2 movies were great, this movie had high expectations. Ultimately, Alien3 is not worthy to be accepted as part of Alien series.

Alien3 had some good acting and music and some excellent cinematography I thought. It was also darker than the first 2. Also, the concept of crashing in a maximum security prison was a good one I thought. But since this review only rationalizes a 3/10 for this movie, I will spend the rest of the time explaining what made this movie a bad one.

First of all, it completely ruins the second Alien movie for three reasons: Firstly by introducing the egg that had been on board that had hatched into an alien. How the heck did that egg get there anyway? No explanation is offered. Secondly by introducing the fact that Ripley somehow had a queen alien chestburster inside of her. How did that get there? No explanation is offered. Thirdly by killing off 2 of the main characters from "Aliens", Newt and Hicks, right at the very beginning, giving them senseless deaths. Many say this was for "shock value". Shock value my ass, it was just a letdown. Killing them off halfway through or something would've been more effective. Besides, they could've developed Newt and Hicks a lot more. The sole fact that the innocent child Newt has to live in a maximum security prison makes for some good character development. Hicks would've been a bit trickier, but with some creativity they could've come up with something (i.e. maybe Hicks went to prison when he was younger and he's scared of them now and has to deal with it). Maybe if Hicks and Newt were the first victims, it would've been more satisfying (and then Ripley would be a loner again, which is what her character is all about IMO, as nobody would believe her about the alien again, etc).

Another element lacking in the third movie is the absence of one of the dominant themes in the first 2 movies, about the protection of the innocent. Ripley went out of her way to protect Jones (in Alien) and Newt (in Aliens) but there was none of her "motherly" role in this movie. I felt this element was important to the first 2 movies, yet it became non-existent in the third.

Another negative point was that I feel this movie sort of ruined the image of the alien. Having the alien run after people at high velocities and having the people herd it like a sheep is not what the alien is supposed to be. The aliens are supposed to be slow, sneaky, and stealthy and pop out from behind you when you least expect it. By making the alien run, they were trying to make it scarier, but they actually made it less scary. Come to think of it, the scariest bad guys in movies are never fast moving creatures. And the aliens are supposed to be smart, not stupid. Remember in Alien how the alien was hiding in the escape ship at the end? Or in Aliens how the queen used the elevator and then stowed away? A final point that made this movie bad was a stupid stylistic decision: Kill off the main secondary character, Clemens, halfway through the movie. They had just begun to develop his character, and he could've been the next Hicks or Newt, but no, they kill him off halfway through. Then instead they try to develop the character of Dillon, however, they only get to developing his character halfway through as well. As a result, we have 2 half-developed characters (both of which die by the end), leaving Ripley the only character the viewer really cares about (unlike in Aliens where we had Hicks, Newt, Bishop, Vasquez, Apone, etc).

In conclusion, this was a well made movie with terrible stylistic decisions that essentially ruined it. The only good decision was to have Ripley sacrifice herself for the protection of humans at the end. This was done very well and ended off the movie well (albeit it was a sad ending).

Reviewed by Paul Kydd 7 / 10

Alien³ (Special Edition) ***½ (7/10)

Available on Blu-ray Disc (Region B)

USA 1992 English (Colour); Science Fiction/Horror/Thriller (Twentieth Century Fox/Brandywine); 145 minutes (18 certificate)

Crew includes: David Fincher (Director); David Giler, Walter Hill, Larry Ferguson (Screenwriters, from Characters created by Dan O'Bannon, Ronald Shusett); Gordon Carroll, David Giler, Walter Hill (Producers); Ezra Swerdlow (Executive Producer); Alex Thomson (Cinematographer); Norman Reynolds (Production Designer); Terry Rawlings (Editor); Elliot Goldenthal (Composer)

Cast includes: Sigourney Weaver (Ellen Ripley), Charles S. Dutton (Dillon), Charles Dance (Clemens), Paul McGann (Golic), Brian Glover (Andrews), Ralph Brown (Aaron), Danny Webb (Morse), Christopher John Fields (Rains), Holt McCallany (Junior), Lance Henriksen (Bishop II)

Academy Award nomination: Visual Effects; BAFTA nomination: Visual Effects

The woman who overcame horrific events in ALIEN and ALIENS (Weaver) crash-lands on an inhospitable planet that serves as a maximum security prison, where she must rely on her killer instincts and leadership qualities to work with an all-male community of hardened criminals, and defeat the rogue alien that surreptitiously hitched a lift in her emergency escape vehicle.

Unsurprisingly considered disappointing on its release, following two gems (wasn't the rollercoaster ride of ALIENS, populated with self-confessed scum, with nobody to root for).

Its reputation has nevertheless grown since, not least for being Fincher's début feature, where, despite unwelcome producer interference, his signature grim and moody style was already in evidence.

Blu-ray Extras: Original Version (115 minutes), Commentary, Documentaries, Featurettes, Deleted/Extended Scenes, Interviews, Music-only Track, Storyboards, Stills Galleries, Outtakes, Behind-the-Scenes Footage, Multi-Angle Sequence, Time-Lapse Sequence, Production Notes, Trailers, TV Spots. ****½ (9/10)

Reviewed by nbfcblog 7 / 10

Watch The Assembly Cut

Despite a troubled production history and Fincher disowning it, I still thought the theatrical version is an okay sci-fi horror flick that benefited from great industrial set designs, great acting and strong dialogue, an uncompromising dark tone, and a dynamic score from Elliot Goldenthal.

However, it's even better in it's Assembly cut form. The narrative flows more coherently, the supporting cast are given stronger development, and the religious theme is more pronounced. The standout performances for me are Charles Dance (who is killed way too early), Charles S. Dutton, Ralph Brown, and Paul McGann.

It's still far from a great film due to issues with the script (Hicks and Newt being killed too early, the queen face hugger somehow able to impregnate twice), too many characters, it's poorly-staged corridor-heavy third act, and occasional dodgy special effects.

It's not as good as Alien or Aliens, but I still think it's a good movie and would have been a suitable conclusion to Ripley's character. I certainly prefer it over anything that has come out of the Alien franchise since.

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