Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Random Movie Review: Alien

Alien (1979)
Starring: Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, Yaphet Kotto

A mining ship returning from a mission is re-routed to investigate a signal from a nearby planet. Upon arrival, they find an alien lifeform torn apart from the inside. In Searching around, the officer finds a room filled with eggs, one of which explodes and attaches to his face. They return to the ship and start heading back to earth. The creature attaches from his face, leaving him seemingly okay. Not until later, when the creature explodes from his chest do they realize there's a problem. The creature rips through the crew and long the way, they expose one of the crew as an android who has been programmed to return the ship regardless of the crew being alive or not. Ripley desposes of him and at the end is the only one left. She boards a pod and sets to return to earth, unaware of the alien being aboard with her. She kicks it out into space after a struggle, living to see the next movie (which will be reviewed at a later date).

It was interesting to re-watch this right after seeing Prometheus. Obvioiusly it was many years before and the special effects show it. However, some parts, such as the steam releasing from the helmets as they explore, I found to be interesting. I like looking at old sci-fi and seeing what they did creatively to make up for the lack of special effects technology. A lot of times it makes it seem more realistic, since it was made up mostly of things humans could actually replicate.

I'm not a big fan of Weaver, but she did a good job in this one. The story was well-written, decently tense, fairly well acted and was well set up to have a prequel, which surprisingly took 40 years to come out. I'll give it a 6.75/10

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