The Breath of Life
Alien: Resurrection, the fourth film in the Alien series breathed new life into the movie series which had been previously considered over and done with by the film industry and moviegoers alike. While it is certainly not the best entry in the Alien mythos, it is not a bad film and succeeded in bringing its main character, Ellen Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) back from the dead for one last battle with the aliens that she first faced in the 1979 original almost thirty years earlier.
The Plot Of Alien: Resurrection
It is 200 years since Ellen Ripley perished at the penal colony on Fiorina 161. The Weyland-Yutani Company, Ripley's former employers, has long since been dissolved, seemingly putting an end to their twisted intentions to breed the alien species as a form of weapon or "super soldier". Of course, there wouldn't be a movie if that were the case. We discover that the United Systems Military has decided to start a similar program, but they need Alien DNA to do so. To accomplish this, they start a series of experiments to clone Ripley in an effort to extract the DNA of the alien queen that Ripley carried at the time of her death. The experiments result in creating a Ripley/Alien hybrid - a humanoid Ripley with enhanced physical prowess and the ability to communicate empathically with the aliens.
A group of smugglers led by Johner (Ron Perlman) is tossed into the mix by unwittingly smuggling human hosts for the military's plans. The aliens, of course, escape and are now running loose on the military cruiser which is bound for Earth.
Ripley, who is quite literally part human and part alien, has reasons for sympathizing with both groups and must decide whose side she's on. The film also features Winona Ryder as a "synthetic" and Dan Hedaya as the cowardly military leader General Perez.
Alien: Resurrection's Reception
While fans of the Alien movies welcomed another installment of the series, the film was not well received by critics or moviegoers for the most part. The concept of cloning Ripley for alien DNA was a bit to silly for even the most far thinking sci-fi fans to digest, and the film, overall, seemed like little more than an excuse to continue the series. It may not strictly be a "bad" movie (it is watchable), but there is nothing about it that makes it a "must-see" for anyone but the most die-hard Alien fans.
A few noteworthy behind-the-scenes facts about Alien: Resurrection include:
- Weaver was paid more for this film than it cost to make the entire 1979 original.
- Ryder agreed to do the movie before ever seeing a copy of the script, saying she wanted to be able to brag to her younger brothers that she'd appeared in an Alien movie.
- It was originally planned that the fourth Alien film would be Alien vs. Predator, due to the popularity of the comic books and video games featuring the movie crossover.
All the preceding facts are according to the Internet Movie Database.