Alien (2003 Director’s Cut)

Rated R
Horror / Sci-Fi
Try pairing with:  Signature Chicken Wings

Jen’s Rating:  F

Sci-Fi is not my first choice of films to watch. In fact, I’d rather be punched in the face then watch some of them.  So, I’m pleasing my husband and watched Alien for the second most boring time of my life.  About 85% of this movie is dull and lackluster.  There were 2 ½ scenes that I found slightly entertaining.

The cat, Jonesy was my favorite character. He portrayed a cat perfectly! The beginning was boring until Kane, played by John Hurt started spazzing out while having dinner, later to find an alien popping out of his stomach.  Then a bunch more boring dialog, blah, blah, blah.

The scene that was ½ exciting was when Ripley, played by Sigourney Weaver assassinated an android because the android was going to allow the whole crew die.  Then again, blah, blah, blah boring dialogue.

The second exciting part is at the end of the movie when Sigourney Weaver pushed the alien out of the airlock and saved Jonesy, the cat!  That’s all she wrote folks. I gave the movie Alien an F because I could’ve slept through even the exciting parts!

Jeremy’s Rating:  A+

Let me start with the fact that I am a HUGE fan of the Alien series.  Not so much the AVP stuff, but the canon line of films, of which this is the first and directed by Ridley Scott.  This will be objective and my rating is based solely on the merits of the film, and not my personal preferences.  Alien is a sci-fi horror classic that takes place primarily on a planet known as LV426 and deep space cargo freighter named Nostromo.  The crew of seven is awoken several months early by the core AI on the ship in order to investigate an acoustic beacon that appeared on LV426.  The captain, Dallas, played by Tom Skerritt, and the chief science officer on the vessel, Ash (Ian Holm), remind the rest of the crew that it is part of their contract to investigate anything found on their journey that could indicate the presence of intelligent life.

Landing on LV426 a team is assembled to investigate the source of the beacon, headed by Dallas and Kane (John Hurt).  They find what appears to be a crashed ship, not indigenous life, and inside the ship is some kind of brood chamber.  Kane investigates the eggs they find a winds up with some kind of organism attached to his face.  When returning to the dropship, Ripley, played by Sigourney Weaver, attempts to deny them access under the “quarantine law” that the company has put in place.  Ash overrides her command and allows them to enter the ship and they then return to the Nostromo for the long trip back to Earth.

Unfortunately, hours before they are set to go into hypersleep, and not to spoil anything even though almost everyone has seen Alien, something happens to Kane.  The crew then find themselves in a terrifying position being exposed to and hunted by something they could have never conceived when they were first awakened by “Mother” the ship’s AI.  Even more twists about as the film continues and the remaining crew finds themselves in a struggle between the xenomorph now on board the ship and other crewmembers who are not exactly what they seem.

Alien is a testament to the sci-fi horror genre and is a must-see for anyone that loves something not just scary, but truly terrifying.  This is, to this day, one of the only true gothic horror films that takes place in outer space, with others that come close to the mark, like Event Horizon, but never really making it all the way.  The acting from the entire cast is superb and the whole film appeals to the primal side of your mind, putting you in the shoes of Ripley as she desperately tries to survive what horrors they have brought on board the Nostromo.  This is a solid A+ in my book, and should be in yours as well.

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