No matter how satisfying, shocking, or just plain conclusive the end of a franchise may be, as long as it’s successful, it will always be rebooted again. At least, that’s the message I’m getting from Hollywood here since they literally decided to (spoilers ahead if you haven’t seen Alien³) bring Ellen Ripley back from the dead just so they could make yet another Alien movie and snag some more money at the box office. Considering that that’s really the only thing that justifies the need for Alien Resurrection to exist, it sure as heck could’ve been a lot worse. Then again, it sure as heck could’ve also been a lot better.
200 years after Ripley’s untimely death, using DNA from recovered blood samples, a group of military scientists on the space vessel USM Aurigacreate a perfect clone in order to extract the Alien queen from inside her with the intention of studying it, and the resulting Ripley 8 has near-superhuman strength, bleeds the Aliens' acid blood, and can even vaguely remember what her original self did all those centuries ago. However, the company’s greed turns out to be deadly yet again when both the queen and a bunch of other Aliens birthing from a bunch of people literally strapped in front of the facehuggers (yes, yes, I know that the oh-so-evil corporation is doing this to get more of the creatures so they can use them for weapons or something like that, but come on, this is just stupid) all break loose from their prisons and start making short work of everybody on board, resulting inthe Ripley clone having to get the remaining survivors to safety so the ship can be blown up before it lands on Earth with the Aliens on it.
I’ll give Alien Resurrection this: it certainly tries. Consideringhow obviously ridiculous or lazy most film series have been when trying to make yet another sequel or reboot that absolutely nobody needed at all, the surprisingly semi-decent-looking amount of effort put into trying to reboot the series creatively is definitely praiseworthy. If only that same effort could have been put into trying to actually make a good movie. Yes, the premise is a little interesting at first, but the weak script, near-comical gore, and (barring one admittedly semi-effective-ish "false scare" scene) utter lack of any tension or scariness at allreally drag it down. At least we get some nice visuals courtesy of Jean-Pierre Jeunet (then fresh off his debut, Delicatseen) directing, but they aren’t nearly enough to resurrectthis especially weak entry in an already-flagging franchise.
NOTE: I am well aware that the theatrical version of this film, not the unrated “Special Edition” that I saw, is Jeunet’s preferred cut (he even said as much in the introduction to the latter); indeed, as a result of that, I was actually debating on which one I should see. What made me finally decide to choose the “Special Edition” is the fact that up until that point, I had been watching those particular versions of all the other Alien movies (fun fact: the first film’s was only called the “Director’s Cut” for marketing purposes; in fact, Ridley Scott himself prefers the one he had already released back in 1979 and only made the other version because the studio pressured him to) and didn’t want to be inconsistent. Either way, though, I think I already have enough of a clear image of the film to not necessitate watching it again in either of its versions. Besides, there’s always www.movie-censorship.com for when I really want to closely examine these kinds of things.