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Alien, Sci-Fi - Aliens

Alien 4: Resurrection (1997)

Duration1h 49m
RatingsUK: 18, USA: R, Denmark: 15 
Source of storyThe previous “Alien” outings, particularly the creatures and Ripley
DirectorJean-Pierre Jeunet
Writers/ScriptJoss Whedon
StarringSigourney Weaver, Winnona Ryder, Ron Perlman, Michael Wincott, Dan Hedaya, Raymond Cruz
RatingsIMDb: 6.2/10 by 242,352 people.  Rotten Tomatoes: 54% by 81 reviewer. Review2view: 7.5/10.

Elevator Pitch: On the research space craft USM Auriga, 200 years after the death of Ripley, scientists are attempting to clone her with an alien embryo inside her. Ripley 8 appears to be the successful result, and she is operated on to remove the alien. Meanwhile a mercenary ship arrives with the live bodies of a dozen or so people on board which are to be used for the propagation of the creatures ( I am assuming that you must have seen one of the other films). Time passes, and despite being suitably imprisoned the aliens escape, causing some people being captured and others escaping in evacuation pods. The few remaining crew, plus the crew of the mercenary ship and Ripley have to make their way to a means of evacuation, the mercenary ship, while avoiding the aliens. Will they make it?

Content: No nudity, really, or sex nor any drinking, smoking or drug taking I don’t think. The whole film was a succession of set pieces as the mercenary ship, Betty, arrives and docks on Auriga, and the crew go on board. The creatures are developed and by killing one of their number are able to escape from their enclosure using their abrasive blood. Once the queen is loose there are egg enclosures and places where humans are held for incubating the creatures. The survivors at this point have to pass through them. At one point they have to swim through a submerged area of the ship. The group find the space containing Ripleys 1 to 7 one being still alive. They are very creepy. As time passes the survivors are picked off.

A View:  This outing was the subject of mixed reviews and seemed to have been badly thought of, but it made a bit of money. I liked the idea that Ripley had gained some of the creature’s strengths, although I have never been keen on the way the queen is portrayed, and there seemed to be some logistic problems which it was necessary to over look, particularly the water! But essentially if you liked the others, give this one a go.

As well as appearing in the Alien Quadrilogy Sigourney Weaver is well known for having appeared in: Ghostbusters, Copycat and Dave

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