Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Alien 3 - Third amongst equals

Moving rapidly on to the always difficult third film in any franchise. Alien 3 came out in 1992 and was directed by David Fincher, what ever happened to him?

Sigourney Weaver returned but this time insisted that there be no guns after the military free for all in Aliens. The pre-production was incredibly troubled. William Gibson himself wrote an early script which you can read on the internet. Directors and actors came and went and Fincher was handed the project with little time to prepare and without a finalised script. So it is not too surprising that this one is a bit odd.

Again I watched the theatrical release rather than the special edition which gives us a strange Bull-Alien rather than the original Dog variant. Every British actor with a shaved head turns up including the great Brian Glover, along with Ralph Brown, Pete Postlethwaite and Paul McGann (four years before he would become the Eighth Doctor Who. Charles Dance provides a brief romantic respite for Ripley and proves that you should never have sex in a horror film.

It's all dark and violent and looks very brown. There is the feeling that there's a good movie struggling to get out of the murk here but it never quite makes it. And it is rather spoilt by the first CGI Alien which looks awful and much less scary than the man in a rubber suit varieties we have had so far. There are clues that Fincher would go on to much better stuff with more creative control but all in all Alien 3 is a diasappointment.

Next up is current fan favourite Joss Whedon, and the director of Amelie making part the fourth. That can't be right can it?

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