200 years after her fatal sacrifice on Fury 161, the scientists aboard the USM Auriga have been experimenting and have successfully cloned Ellen Ripley (Weaver) using her DNA from blood samples recovered at the site of her death. They extract the Alien Queen that had been growing inside her before her death, and nurture it to breed more eggs for further study. The newly resurrected Ripley is kept alive for further testing, and she soon realizes the changes in her brought about by the mixture of Alien DNA with her own during the cloning process.
“Alien: Resurrection” is a 1997 science fiction film and the fourth installment in the ‘Alien Franchise’ series of film after “Alien”, “Aliens”, and “Alien 3”. The film is directed by French director Jean-Pierre Jeunet and was again co-produced by actress Sigourney Weaver. The film picks up 200 years after the events of “Alien 3” and is set aboard the space vessel USM Auriga.
The cast is once again lead by Sigourney Weaver, who makes her fourth and probably final appearance playing the iconic role of Lieutenant Ellen Ripley. The supporting cast include performances by Winona Ryder, Ron Perlman, and the usual Jean-Pierre Jeunet avatar, Dominique Pinon.
After ending “Alien 3” with the sucker punch death of Ellen Ripley, I think there was no simple way to introduce a convincing fourth installment without it being an overkill. This fourth installment was directed by French filmmaker Jean-Pierre Jeunet, who remodeled the overall feel to something darker and more comical. The character of ‘resurrected’ Ellen Ripley was also freshly remodeled, and for me, was actually a bit of a let down. Ripley now was half-human and half-alien so to speak, and she now faced a moral dilemma – side with the humans or with the aliens. Sigourney Weaver couldn’t bag a notable performance with this one.
On a positive note though, I liked the Jean-Pierre Jeunet treatment and how this felt like a mixture of “Alien” and“Aliens”. The look of the characters and sets was classic JPJ. Not to forget the oddity when were finally introduced to the alien queen on labor. So fucking weird.
This installment brought back the fear and classic alien scares aboard a vessel, while adding a nice touch of marine gun-play and brutal trigger happy action.