This is a great buddy cop flick with a sci-fi element. There are aliens but they are mostly used as a device in this movie for commentary on immigrants' effect on the job market and for other topics throughout the other Alien Nation movies and TV shows. A bit formulaic, but a fun movie though and James Caan is great.
Alien Nation is one of those films that really defies the system of classification that we have in play to cover most motion picture genres. In summaries and reviews it would be easy to pick out staple concepts such as alien invasion, advanced technology and genetically altered slave trading to peg it as definitive science fiction. However, actually watching the film reveals a cop drama that has more in common with pictures such as Lethal Weapon, Rush Hour and perhaps … more
Alien Nation is a 1988 science fiction film written by Rockne S. O'Bannon and directed by Graham Baker. It stars James Caan, Mandy Patinkin, Terence Stamp, and Kevyn Major Howard.
The following year, the film's plot concept was used as the basis for a television series of the same name, which premiered in 1989 and ran for a single season. A comic book series and book series were started when it looked like it might never return to television. Finally in 1994, the first of five television movies was produced as a continuation of the series.
Syfy is planning a new Alien Nation television series.