Alien Resurrection (1997)

Genres - Science Fiction, Horror  |   Sub-Genres - Creature Film, Sci-Fi Action, Sci-Fi Horror  |   Release Date - Nov 26, 1997 (USA)  |   Run Time - 108 min.  |   Countries - France , United States   |   MPAA Rating - R
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Review by Keith Phipps

As surely as slime-encrusted pods and chest-popping baby aliens, the Alien series has regularly allowed directors on the cusp of Hollywood acceptance to assume its directing chores. After Ridley Scott, James Cameron, and David Fincher, it was Jean-Pierre Jeunet's turn. Best known for his collaborations with co-director Marc Caro, Jeunet receives sole directing credit here, with Caro on board only as a design supervisor. The film, however, greatly resembles their collaborative work on Delicatessen and The City of Lost Children, creating a fantastic environment that looks like the future as constructed out of the local scrap heap. Unfortunately, production design is the best thing Alien Resurrection has going for it. Sigourney Weaver's resurrected Ripley seems as ill-defined as most of the supporting characters, and the themes of motherhood and the dehumanizing elements of technology all show up -- borrowed from previous entries -- with diminishing returns. Even more troubling are the unsatisfying action and special-effects set pieces, particularly a climactic battle with a hybrid alien that looks like it stepped in from a Pumpkinhead sequel.