Originally Posted by Fraid uh noman
..since I brought up Alien Resurrection in the Covenant thread, I realized we don't talk about that one that much. What's the consensus here? Like? Hate? Indifference?
To me it's so far removed from the first two that, actual Aliens aside, it doesn't even feel much like any of the others. It's kind of an anomaly. It's a tad slight as well.
But for being a movie that is one of THE most perfect examples of an unneeded sequel, it's not bad on it's own terms. It feels like it takes place in Terry Gilliam's Brazil's universe rather than that of the other Alien films. It's R rated as fuck...which we don't get enough of nowadays so that certainly helps to view it through some rose tinted glasses.and after a couple of sequels that gloss over the horrible sexual nature of the alien, this one picks that thread back up and doubles down on it. It's one gooey movie. It almost feels like Bruce Campbell should be in it somewhere. Good cast. Nice pace. Oddball characters. Visuals are spot on...although I know I've heard a few people say that it has extraordinarily bad visuals but no one who's said that has ever given much clarification as to what it is they hate about the way it looks. Is it the GRAAAAADING or the FX or what?
Resurrection is a bad film, but it's a bad film made with talent and skill pretty much across the board. In a perfect world, all bad films would be this imaginative and entertaining.
I think the main things that let it down are its tone and visuals.
Tone-wise, Aliens 1-3 aren't goofy or tongue and cheek - they take themselves seriously, and the directors and writers of all of them worked hard to treat the B-movie premise as realistically possible. Resurrection is aiming to be a big, gory, wacky cartoon, so it jars with what comes before.
Visually, it's very distinctive. It's noticeably stylised in a way that its predecessors - all visually beautiful films - aren't, with lots of, again, wacky cartoon angles and 90s CGI trick shots. It's not ugly, but its grungy and sleazy looking. The alien design for this film also looks like Giger's original design by way of Edgar Bug.
The film does move though, and it has a lot of interesting ideas and fun sequences. Effort and care were put it into it, and one big thing in its favour is that it doesn't do anything to undermine the previous films - Ripley 8 is a different person, its 200 years in the future, the crappier looking aliens are mutants, etc. It doesn't do anything totally inane like making the xenomorphs mutants tweaked by a robot a few decades before.