***NOTE THIS REVIEW IS ON ALIEN 3 ASSEMBLY CUT****
Alien3 is a misunderstood masterpiece. The assembly cut (which ads in 30 min of material) that is. It is a perfect end to a perfect trilogy that has the suspense of the original, the action of the sequel, and the philosophy of Prometheus. And although this isn't as good as Alien or Aliens, it comes close and is far better than people say it is.
OK.... With this Alien flick being #3 - I now consider matters to be very much like playing baseball where, at this point, it's definitely - One - Two - and, now, Three Strikes, and, you're OUT!
Yep. That should've been the case for Alien 3 here. This sequel really ought to have been the clincher - The one that finally struck all of the Alien sequels out for good - But, nope, it didn't.
To be fair here - Alien 3 certainly did contain a few choice moments of genuine terror, and such - But, alas, when it all came down to the crunch, this film's story ended up being about as predictable as any sequel could ever possibly get.
From my perspective - Alien 3 quickly degenerates into nothing but an outer space version of Agatha Christie's - "And Then There Were None."
My least favorite of the series. It didn't have quite the punch of the first two and on its own, it ends up wavering between terribly sad (and slow) and trying too hard. I couldn't really connect with the characters and even had trouble doing so with Ripley. The ending is okay, better than most the rest of it, but still leaves something desired.
This is ok for its time but aliens is better
Rather poor. Moves at a snails pace, bad dialogue, and some pretty lame GC effects.
After watching this movie i think it's only fair to judge it on it's on merits and not to compare it to the previous two films. Watching this alien with the ability to run on the ceiling and along the walls, made it visually exciting and frightning. I found it interesting that Ripley got her groove on while being inside an all male prison filled with lunatics, rapists, murderers, and a creature looking for it's next victim. However, i wasn't feeling this movie that much. Maybe it was the lack of advanced weapons to fight this creature or perhaps the advanced warnings given to me by so many people before i saw this film. Regardless, i did watch this movie on my HOMETHEATER, and it did sound good. I bought this movie which contains 2 version for you to watch and i have added it to my collection. Now, did i imagine or did the alien have two different births? One from a dog? The other from a bull or ox? It's been a while since i watched it and will have to see it again. As far as audio for the sound freak in all of us, this film has very nice reverb sounds from large rooms and tunnels. There's also good sound when an accident that causes an explosion sends fire through the tunnels and kills some of the prisoners. The visuals are also very nice. I give this movie 4 stars. For having 2 versions, unusual alien movements, watching the alien eat it's victims, and a crazy cast of characters. Apple pie, sliced bananas, with vanilla & chocolate icecream.
Not good. The second series "Aliens" was the best.
As the previous comment suggests, the original release of “Alien 3” is a brilliant example of how not to make a film. First-time director David Fincher (“Seven,” “The Social Network”) had to put up with constant interference from the production team, while shooting a film without a finished script. He famously walked off the project while in post-production, and to this day he refuses to speak about the resulting film which could be summarized as “the alien chases a bunch of bald guys – everyone dies”.
However, the 2003 “assembly cut” is apparently much closer to Fincher’s original vision as well as that of Vincent Ward’s original story. (As an indication of how problematic the production was, Ward was only the first of several writer/directors who either quit or were fired before the film was made). While there are a couple of significant changes to the plot, what makes the newer version so much better is that most of the new material is primarily focused on character development, in particular, the personalities and spiritual dimension of the convicts. The story has a much greater sense of depth, and when the carnage begins, the viewer is far more invested in the characters.
The only problem with the 2003 version is that much of the new footage suffers from inferior sound, as no post-production dialog replacement was available. While it is still worth the effort, even better is the 2010 release that featured an improved audio track with dialog overdubbed by the original actors.
I was always angry at this film. Despite the dreadful editing of the original, it was visually stunning and featured a spectacular cast. I had the feeling that like a chest-burster fighting to get out, there was a much better movie inside “Alien 3” struggling to see the light of day. This is that film. Now it can proudly take its place next to “Alien” and “Aliens” as part of one of the great cinematic science-fiction series.
If only they had stopped at three…
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