Alien: Resurrection (1997) from Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy; Greg Wroblewski)
In space, no one can hear you snore.
I don't know if I can name another film in which so much talent and so much potential produced such a mediocre result.
What a team!
What a bore.
The film has some good ideas, the design is as magnificent as expected, and every detail is constructed meticulously. Every one of the participants took the project seriously and worked hard to make it successful. The enormous budget was quite sufficient to allow Jeunet to do anything he wanted to do.
... and I kept fast-forwarding through the tedious parts.
Highly competent, but lifeless and unengaging. (Roger Ebert's one and a half stars does seem a but harsh, however.)
So what went wrong?
There's just no reason for this film to exist. The story is neither fresh nor compelling, and just about every acre of ground covered in this film has already been plowed by the previous films in the series. Simple as that. End of story.
For the record, I greatly enjoyed all the special features on the second disk, and there are many of them. The film's creators were enthusiastic, articulate, and thorough in explaining just about every element of the process from pre- to post-production. There are also two versions of the film on Disk One. One is the theatrical release, and the other is an alternate cut which re-integrates some deleted scenes and has a different beginning and ending. (Jeunet says the theatrical release is the director's cut, but he created the alternative so DVD purchasers could see another way it might have turned out. The final scene on post-apocalyptic earth is worth seeing:
You will note that there is also some Sigourney Weaver frontal nudity in the Alien: Resurrection DVD.
But not really.
Long Story. Pull up a chair.
Overall: I recommend the package enthusiastically for fans of the Alien series, but my recommendation comes with the proviso that the film itself is disappointingly average, and represents a career nadir for most of its brilliant creators.
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