Film: Alien

Opened: May 25, 1979

Directed by: Ridley Scott

Starring: Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, Veronica Cartwright, Harry Dean Stanton, John Hurt, Ian Holm, Yaphet Kotto, Bolaji Badejo & Helen Horton

Arguably the best science-fiction horror film of all-time, Alien continues to cause anxiety as the viewer anticipates what’s coming. While the technology may be outdated, the thrills are still top-notch.

While on its return to Earth, the Nostromo wakes up its crew as it receives a transmission from a nearby moon. Upon investigating the landscape, Kane (John Hurt) is attacked by an alien creature that then gets brought onboard. The crewmembers, including Captain Dallas (Tom Skerritt) and Warrant Officer Ripley (Sigourney Weaver), must kill the creature before it kills them.

There’s always an intensity about space films because of the characters’ isolation. Ripley wants to enact quarantine, but the other crew members object to save Kane. This storyline feels relevant again.

Weaver gives an incredible performance that lands her a well-deserved “badass” title.

Final say: You’ll forget to breathe. ★★★★★

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