Director: Ridley Scott
Stars: Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, John Hurt
Runtime: 1 hour 56 minutes
Categories: horror, sci-fi, space, action, franchise
Runtime: 1 hour 52 minutes
Release Date: June 22, 1979
OVERALL: Slower then many think it will be due to the sequel Aliens, but an incredibly rich horror story in space.
In deep space, the crew of the commercial starship Nostromo is awakened from their cryo-sleep capsules halfway through their journey home to investigate a distress call from an alien vessel. The terror begins when the crew encounters a nest of eggs inside the alien ship. An organism from inside an egg leaps out and attaches itself to one of the crew, causing him to fall into a coma.
I love the entire franchise, but to be honest up until rewatching this movie this summer (2018) this was one of my least favorite installments. However, after watching it as an adult (I had only watched it as a teen, or just post-teen, early twenties) I was always bored with it. I was wrong as I look at it now.
The movie doesn’t waste much time at all on backstory. You are given seven characters that fill specific archtypes. Instead of getting sidetracked Ridley Scott, Dan O’Bannon and Ronald Shusett, the creative influences, focus on building a slow ratcheting tension. For the first time I was able to fully gain an understanding of why it was so popular. It was the reason so many other movies have copied it.
The action and suspense are excellently directed and acted. Scott picked the best people I could imagine for each of the roles, and while he may have been unorthodox in his filming (he didn’t tell anyone that John Hurt’s chest was going to explode and an alien come out because he wanted a real response) he was very good at catching those emotions, the ambience. The sets while inexpensive were lit in a way that covers most of the issues.
This was the first time that the movie didn’t seem like it lasted 9 hours long, but that it was over almost too quickly. I can’t recommend it more for people that like a slow boiling horrorfest. I liked it enough I now own it.
Alien: Out of the Shadows by Tim Lebbon
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Book Type: Audible Book
Length: 4h 28m
SLIGHTLY SPOILERY (BUT NOT REALLY)
To be honest I wasn’t so sure about the premise of a book that happens between Alien and Aliens with Ripley. It didn’t seem like it could work.
The thing is, the book is good. I listened to the audio book so I had a fairly close sounding Ripley, and they got Rutger Haur to play Ash and that pretty much sealed it up. I am still not convinced though that they needed Ripley in this book, the author could have still set it up, but not involve Ripley, since in the end it doesn’t effect the rest of the story.
The author has a good sense of timing, the suspense is good and the story gives some additional background on aliens. It also had the action you want in these books, along with a great voice cast to keep you in the groove. Definitely a positive.
However, as a story set in the Alien universe, it is pretty darn good. I enjoyed it a lot and it helped pass the time while I waited in the dentist chair.
Pick it up, but I still think it would have been great without Ripley.
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Worth it? Yes, but it isn’t the best of the franchise.
Not the best ,not the worst, wasn’t bad at all.
First let me be blunt and explain that I like Alien movies in general. It is true since Aliens, the franchise isn’t as good, but I still like the idea and the series.
I came into the movie with a low expectation, and it probably helped me with the movie experience. I haven’t seen a “good” alien movie in a long time so I thought this would suck. It didn’t, I enjoyed chunks of it. The chunks that were actually Alien.
The acting itself was decent, the filming was good and not nearly as dark as I was worried about. I will try not to reveal too many spoilers, but the down part for me was when they ended up interacting with the Prometheus storyline. It really is Prometheus 2: Alien Covenant.
I really feel if they had avoided the interaction with Prometheus, this movie would have been good, as it is, it is still decent, if you just ignoring the androids (although I like Walter, Walter was pretty cool). Sadly I can’t go into anymore because of spoilers, suffice to say it didn’t suck too badly.
The good: It is an Alien movie, this means all the good of other Alien movies.
The bad: Dear god stop with anything Prometheus please!
I will probably see more, I might be hesitant now but we all know how I am.