After seeing Aliens get the snotty acid blown out of them in Aliens, the wait for Alien 3 was unbearable for some and after seeing the movie, the let down was equally unbearable.
Billed as a new action movie with music video director David Fincher at the helm, Alien 3 is one of the biggest messes ever.
Ripley has survived the ordeal on LV-426 and is headed home but alas a stowaway Alien on board her ship has caused it to crash on Fiorina 161, a maximum security prison planet full of about 30 people, mostly prisoners of the serial killer and rapist variety. Ripley is the only survivor and she needs to know what happened but the evidance doesn't show an Alien. Low and behold, an Alien does in fact show up and start killing the inmates and with no weapons to kill it, Ripley must convince the prisoners the help her trap and attempt to kill the creature before the Company gets a hold of the creature.
The movie is weird in many ways. After the adrenaline soaked Aliens, there is little to no action here. Secondly, the entire cast is bald english guys who you can barely distinguish from one another and the editing is some of the worst you've seen where you wonder why and where some events have happened. Everyone in the movie is bald because of a lice infestation, but ultimatly it doesn't do anything for the movie not even a plot crutch. On top of all of that, it tries to be suspensefull as the first Alien movie and it's about 1/18 as effective. The biggest demerrit has to be that after really coming to care about Ripleys compainions in Aliens, to get things back to a statis quo of sorts, the others were killed off and you wonder what we kind of movie could have developed from that with Ripley, Hicks and Newt hiding from the Aliens and inmates.
Alien 3 is famous for having an "assembly cut' special edition available that made it to DVD and in all honesty, you will never watch the original theaterical version again. It runs about another 40 minutes with FAR better editing, much nicer extended and alternative scenes with the recovery of Ripley juxtaposed with Clemons report to the Company and an excellent scene put back in that shows Ripley trying to get a word back as far as what to do with a captured Alien. Aliens was proof that directors cuts make the directors visions better, Alien 3 is further proof.
Alien 3 was a mess that got redeemed by a good special edition of sorts so I rated it higher then I should have. Alien 3's special edition is almost a different movie then the theatrical one. If there was more action it would have been better, that or handle the suspensful moments better, Alien 3 is proof that editing can save a movie, but can't fix everything.
*1/2 out of **** "Alien 3" is a truly detestable disaster. It shall forever be known as the first truly weak link in the "Alien" franchise after an impressive two-film winning streak. It shall forever be regarded as the one bad movie that director David Fincher - who has gone on to make a name for himself with great films like "Fight Club" and "The Social Network" - ever made, that is unless he goes on to make another relatively like it. Then again, the man more or less behind … more
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Alien 3 is a 1992 science fiction/horror film. As the third installment in the Alien franchise, it is preceded by Ridley Scott's Alien and James Cameron's Aliens and is followed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet's Alien Resurrection. The film also stands as the feature film directorial debut of David Fincher.
The story has an escape pod from the ship that escaped from LV-426 in Aliens crash-landing in a refinery/prison planet, killing everyone on board except Lieutenant Ellen Ripley (Sigourney Weaver). Unknown to Ripley, an Alien egg was aboard the ship, and is born in the prison and begins a killing spree. Ripley later discovers there is also an alien growing inside her.
The film earned over $100 million outside of North America.