(out of 5)
Excellent entry in the Alien series is nowhere near the brilliance of the first two (Alien, Aliens) but is a considerable improvement upon the lackluster Alien 3. Sigourney Weaver‘s Ellen Ripley has been cloned from genetic samples found of her at the site of her death, brought back to life so that scientists can remove the infant creature in her abdomen and use it to their own advantage. Naturally, they have no idea what it is they’re trying to control, so it’s up to Alien Mommy Ripley and the mysteriously motivated spaceship crew member Call (Winona Ryder) to stop an army of evil creatures from destroying the giant spacecraft that the film takes place on. What makes each chapter of the series so great is watching how Ripley’s relationship with the species changes, and here her twisted alliance between humanity and the dangerous monsters that she shares genetic makeup with make her a far more interesting and unpredictable character than ever before. Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s direction is dark and moody, beautifully photographed by Darius Khondji and well written by Joss Whedon. Weaver, naturally, is still an ace in the role, and Ryder holds her own ground as the new supporting character.
Directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Cinematography by Darius Khondji
Music by John Frizzell
Production Design by Nigel Phelps
Costume Design by Bob Ringwood
Film Editing by Herve Schneid