Given what happened with the production of the film it is amazing that a coherent story came out at all, much less a pretty good one. Following one classic is difficult enough, but following two is nigh on impossible. The furore over the opening that abruptly resolved the fate of certain characters from the previous film is understandable, but the bleak narrative provides a satisfying conclusion to Ripley's character arc, notwithstanding the film that followed. Equally, the religious overtones form an interesting backbone, even more so in the improved workprint release. It is not particularly scary, a standoff between the Alien and Ripley in the midpoint of the film providing the only real moment of tension, and most of the secondary characters are forgettable alien fodder, an accusation that could never be levelled at the previous films. Unsurprisingly, Charles Dance stands out here as the one new character worth exploring and his relationship with Ripley in the film is the most interesting one - it is unfortunate the film dispenses with this once the Alien makes its presence known. The decision to shoot the final action scene from the Alien's POV provides the film with a unique sequence as both prisoners and creature attempt to stalk and lure each other, though this does rob the film of some much needed tension. Not a classic then, but still an interesting entry into the Alien series.
This is the 3rd part of the "Alien" saga and I like it a lot. In my opinion it is better than the second part (contrary to almost everybody else's opinion). Why? Because it brings back the horror of "Alien" and drops the unnecessary action-overdose of "Aliens".
Alien 3 could best be described as "the great sequel that never was". Given a more interesting script and more control on the director's part, this film could've been at least as good as it's predecessors. Fortunately, Fox took a step in the right direction with Alien Resurrection by having entertaining characters and a more original story.
such a CRAP ! doesn't deserve the Alien-name at all. how did I even manage to watch this till the end
I actually love this branch of the franchise!•!•!
I'm a huge Alien fan and I remember being a bit dissapointed after watching this at the cinema as a child. I finally got to watch it again and I realized I apreciate it more now.The Assembly Cut is highly enjoyable, and the whole movie much better than I remembered it. Good atmosphere, story, cast... Cool addition to the Alien series."You've been in my life so long, I can't remember anything else." - Ripley RIP Ripley
Extremely disappointing movie that came after a great first part and a spectacular second installment ... In my opinion it lacks originality in terms of plot and charachters and to be honest I basically found it boring #wasteoftime
Takes a bit to get going like the first one did. But where as the first one is natural filler that tells us about the characters and has us invested, this is more of the usual uninteresting hollywood filler; not as relatable or involving. Characters simply become baldie 1, 2, 3 etc. You can see they went for a blockbuster yet it's flawed even for that. The plot is structured around events that hardly have an impact on the viewer and are soon forgotten. It may have been saved a little bit if the horror was filmed better. Compared to the first two movies where the camerawork and atmosphere are a big role throughout here we have it in some rare spurts. The finale mostly consists of running and closing doors with an Alien POV that gets tiresome.
It's still is watchable for a viewing if you're a fan of the first two. There are some of the best clear images of the Alien and some of the worst due to the computer effects. A lack of imagination and a poor script hold it back. Maybe it's a case of too many cooks spoil the broth. Lacks logic and passion.
Alien 3 is one of those 3rd films who doesn't take the ball run with it after the 2nd set the stage for more great sequels. So yeah it's the Spider-Man 3 of Alien films.
So I don't hate this film, but I certainly have a lot of problems with it too. My main issue is right off the bat with the first scene. I think a lot of people agree with this, namely James Cameron. It is flat out a terrible thing to do as a sequel in the opening credits. If you haven't seen this movie, stop reading now if you care about spoilers.
Ok, if you have seen the movie you know exactly what I'm talking about. Killing off the characters from the last film who she was working her ass off to save is not altogether a bad idea. But you don't do that before the movie really starts. Then, she has a bit of crying, but really she should be freaking out about this the whole movie. Frankly, I don't need it to feel like the first film all over again.
Other than this, I still have some issues like pacing, boring kills, worse effects than the last two films, and redundancy. However, the plus side stuff is great acting by many of the main characters, a few surprises in who dies and who shows up at the end, pretty solid cinematography, and the overall concept of a prison planet. I don't hate this movie, I just don't really love it either. I only bought it because it is sorta packaged with the whole franchise blu ray set.
The most anguish-inducing of the franchise and it has nothing to do with the actual alien.
BR Cine Paco. Imagen y sonido 4/5. Edición especial, mejora algo a la del cine, pero la mas floja con diferencia, historia mala