Hello everyone to the latest installment of the Alien series in this 31 Days of Horror, or as the new name designates, the October Overlook’s Madness. Today you can watch the giddy review of James on the film (one of the first in which I’m actually disagreeing on his expectations and final result) here, and you can read my view here.
Now we’re far far far away from 1979 are we? This film is literally miles away from the first scary moments and masterful sequences put together in the original Ridley Scott helmed piece, and you can tell that the focus here was somewhere else, specially due to the presence of an avid and already prooved director as Jean-Pierre Jeunet was, he already had a filmography of success (well, depending on your taste really) in his home country France, while this being his big splash into the mainstream, he practically filled the film with his style, leaving behind anything that was remotely connected or similar to any of the earlier movies. This might be, sad to say, the most Michael Bay of the Alien films, because of the editing and the framing and the shooting style, it’s really closer to something like the Transformer films or even a for the numbers nowadays action film. While somewhat much more inventive, it’s still not fitting for the Alien series, and it isn’t even fitting for the film it’s trying to make, and as much B-movie inspirations that this movie has, it doesn’t surpass the B-movie inspirations that the other films had on their own (explored perfectly in James Rolfe’s reviews for his Cinemassacre’s Monster Madness on the first two Alien films), it seems as while the other films were inspired by good B-grade monster or alien films, this was inspired on plots of the Z-Grade films made in the 50’s, films with brains and clonations and weird experiments that made no sense, much like the science portrayed in this movie.
Ripley is cloned, even if she died in a pile of MOLTEN LAVA, but she isn’t just cloned, no, she is cloned with the alien inside her that was at the end of the earlier film, so that makes it even more impossible to think that she was cloned from an earlier sample of her DNA, it’s as if while she was falling into the pit of lava, a scientist from the future came back in a time machine and picked up some blood from her, I can’t think of any other possible explanation. Maybe the most interesting and better aspect of the movie is the fact that Ripley is actually the 8th attempt at cloning her, and when she finds her old clones, as much as a clichéd sequence it is, it still works and finds its way into an emotional climax all by itself. The actors in this movie are weird, they are mostly not really apt for the world of Alien, specially the young woman who played the Android, she was really bad at most parts of the movie, as much unemotional as she seemed to be in the context of her being. Nevertheless, I can’t seem to avoid the fact that the film is entertaining, it’s not as espectacular in its art design as ‘Alien 3’ (1992) was, and the cinematography is practically rust put to film, it still has some clever turns and twists that will make you laugh most of the time, it’s another kind of movie, it’s not a good movie by any stretch of the imagination, but for some reason it was the quickest view of them all. I guess that’s something. Oh, and Brad Dourif, of course.