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Alien: Resurrection (1997)



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Has any film series had such a diverse array of distinguished directors working in it? Following in the footsteps of Ridley Scott, James Cameron, and David Fincher comes the noted French director Jean-Pierre Jeunet (who directed Amelie, which couldn't be more different). Alas, it is far from his best work, perhaps also suffering from the studio meddling that marred Fincher's contribution to the series. Unlike Alien 3, however, it's hard to see how Alien: Resurrection could have been much better with a different editing job. The plot is little more than a routine monster movie, the one original plot point (involving the character of Ripley) not being exploited for its potential. Jeunet's intriguing visual style spices up what is otherwise unimaginative, but it's not quite enough. Still, fans of the genre (and those who can put the first two Alien films temporarily out of their minds) might find the film entertaining as a forgettable popcorn flick.

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