An Underrated Directorial Debut
Directed by: David Fincher
Starring: Sigourney Weaver, Charles Dance, Charles S. Dutton, Pete Postlethwaite and Lance Henriksen.
*Recorded unknown alien species: Facehugger, Chestbuster, Adult Dog Xenomorph, Queen*
Crashlanding on a mining facility/correctional facility/space prison, Ellen Ripley wakes up after crio as the only survivor of the four survivors: Ellen, a little girl, a soldier and an android. The cause? A creature of dangerous qualities.
If Alien: Resurrection was never conceived, Alien 3 would have closed the door to what could and should have been a definitive trilogy to the Alien saga. But, both Alien and Aliens are respectfully successful in their own right. The former a revolution of two genres and the other, one man's speciality of blending both genres with a touch of action. But This, this second sequel is something else entirely. It is and forever will be the darkest of the franchise. Whom better to tackle such a bold and agressive narrative than David Fincher? Then again, a newbie...Who would of thunk it? With a majority of low angle shots, it truly is a feast to quench the fandoms for years to come.
Today, Fincher is known not just for his dark approach, but for his tenacity to take dozens and dozens of takes for almost each scene in orde to achieve an almost perfect and natural flow of acting. And why not? Have done it or not on his first go-around, you can see the change in Sigourney Weaver's character. She acts like a woman with experience to her character. A female who not once, but twice has encountered the Xenomorph specimen including a Queen, and takes charge to the call of the action for another round against the species. Fincher explores fear throughout all the actors, including the late Pete Postlethwaite (God rest his soul). What better place to explore these human emotions than a prison where all sorts of emotions run wild in the air? The crop of it all, nightmares. Not only does Ripley is haunted by her past, but her worst dreams come true ,when she becomes the carrier of an Alien Queen.
Our next analysis goes to the Alien. To this point, the creature has gone through yet another evolution. A facehugger took the liberty of infecting a dog this time, adding a more flexible body structure; agile and resourceful. We all know what Alien is compared to the universe. Think of the specimen as a single celled virus, and the universe the human body (or any biological form). A danger with no cure, because it replicates even when it's thought to be eradicated. A pandemic life form that survives anything and lives by nature, only to destroy. Such evolutions from humanoid to alien dog, hundreds of thousand more designs have been created to this day, from the Predator crossovers to the comic books to the video games. It is an immortal design from none other than H. R. Giger,and we thank him for his surreal breakthrough. The special effects belong to its time period, but the quality of the available technology polishes the Alien suit enough to make it look like a living animal. The evidence can be tracked to the medical bay scene where Ripley engages with the monster face to face.
Overall, when you exclude the fourth installment, it closes the story to the Alien saga with excellence. The movie is truly underrated, but helped push the carrer of an unknown director to what he is today, and an addition to a top trilogy.
Written by: Bawnian©-Dexeus.