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Alien

A movie directed by Ridley Scott

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I Hate To Be The Bad Guy, But.....

  • Oct 18, 2004
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I don't see what is so amazing about "Alien." I was convinced to watch this film after so many people bragged on it in the reviews of "Alien Vs. Predator." Perhaps it is the fact that I saw both of the "Predator" films before any of the "Alien" franchise, but I don't see where this particular series of films is much better than a lot of other moderately good sci-fi cinema. Honestly, I would much rather watch the original "Predator" film than either of the "Alien" movies I've watched(I've seen the original and "Resurrection").

Don't get me wrong, this film is okay, but to declare it one of the greatest, most suspenseful sci-fi flicks of all time seems to be a stretch to me. First of all, the movie drags on forever. I have no problem with a film taking a little time setting up the story, but please, speed this puppy up. Secondly, where is all of the suspense that supposedly had audiences on the edge of their seats? The only time that was truly suspenseful to me was when one of the characters goes after the ship's cat and has a run in with the Alien. Other than that, the story was pretty predictable.

The film is shot rather dark, but that is expected in a film of this caliber. Much like other sci-fi and action flicks that have less than stellar special effects, "Alien" uses the darkness and close-ups to cover up its shortcomings. I understand that this was the late 70's, so exceptional effects were still a few years away, but at least films like "Star Wars" relished in their hokey effects.

As far as the acting is concerned, the entire cast does a good job. Tom Skerritt was my favorite in this flick. The beloved Ripley character never really grabs at me like she seems to have clutched at others. Yaphet Kotto's character is fun to watch.

The alien creature in itself is a nice work of art. It has that scary protruding jaw, but that gets run into the ground by excessive close-ups. The "chestburster" was pretty cool to watch, but nothing too scary to me. The "facehugger" wasn't anything to call home about either.

I know I'll probably get hacked for giving such a poor review of such a beloved film, but I just cannot see what's so brilliant about this flick. Call me what you want, but at least I'm honest. Thanks for reading my review, and please be gentle with those helpful/not helpful votes.

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A landmark of science fiction and horror,Alienarrived in 1979 betweenStar WarsandThe Empire Strikes Backas a stylishly malevolent alternative to George Lucas's space fantasy. Partially inspired by 1958'sIt! The Terror from Beyond Space, this instant classic set a tone of its own, offering richly detailed sets, ominous atmosphere, relentless suspense, and a flawless ensemble cast as the crew of the space freighterNostromo, who fall prey to a vicious creature (designed by Swiss artist H.R. Giger) that had gestatedinsideone of the ill-fated crew members. In a star-making role, Sigourney Weaver excels as sole survivor Ripley, becoming the screen's most popular heroine in a lucrative movie franchise. To measure the film's success, one need only recall the many images that have been burned into our collective psyche, including the "facehugger," the "chestburster," and Ripley's climactic encounter with the full-grown monster. Impeccably directed by Ridley Scott,Alienis one of the cinema's most unforgettable nightmares.--Jeff Shannon
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Director: Ridley Scott
Genre: Adventure, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Release Date: 25 May 1979 (USA)
MPAA Rating: R
Screen Writer: Dan O'Bannon, Ronald Shusett
Runtime: 117 min
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