Opened: May 22, 1992
Directed by: David Fincher
Starring: Sigourney Weaver, Charles S. Dutton, Charles Dance, Brian Glover, Ralph Brown, Paul McGann, Danny Webb, Lance Henriksen, Tom Woodruff Jr., Pete Postlethwaite, Holt McCallany & Peter Guinness
It’s not surprising that after two incredible entries in the Alien franchise that the third film would falter, but it’s disappointing, nonetheless.
When an escape pod from the Sulaco crash lands on prisoner planet Fiorina 161, Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) is the only survivor. However, she soon finds out that an alien was in the pod with her and also survived.
Several elements contribute to the degradation of this film compared to its predecessors. There’s a pointless romance and attempted rape scene that uselessly try to feminize Ripley. CGI elements have a significant decline. And, religious elements are introduced without need.
When the ending comes, audiences will feel robbed of what could’ve been a much stronger completion.
Final say: The film overall isn’t terrible, but it doesn’t rise to what we’ve come to expect. ★★★☆☆