Director: David Fincher
Running Time: 2 hours, 24 minutes
After escaping LV-426, Ripley's (Sigourney Weaver) ship crashes on Fiorina-161, aka "Fury," an all male penal colony filled with murderers and rapists. Ripley is the loan survivor of the crash and is now the only female on this planet. However, her biggest fear doesn't come from the prisoners that inhabit this planet, it comes from the possibility that something hitched a ride with her.
For this third installment in the "Alien" series, director David Fincher takes the reigns in his feature film debut. With the new setting of prison planet called Fiorina-161, Ripley, played again by Sigourney Weaver, winds up crashing on the planet to find she is the only survivor. Newt and Corporal Hicks perished during impact. When she wakes up, she comes to discover she is the only female on this place filled with murderers and rapists, who haven't seen a woman in years, and could now potentially be put in danger from more than just a xenomorph, which may or may not have found a way to follow Ripley to this planet. Of course, Ripley is such a bad-ass that her past encounters have prepared her for many situations, and she is fully capable of taking care of herself. Luckily for her, lots of the prisoners have become devout in religion, which has led many to reform.
In many ways, "Alien 3" is very similar to the original two films in the series as it follows a familiar formula, just with new characters, on a new planet, and with a new director. However, David Fincher has upped the gore factor quite a bit here. Of the "Alien" films up to this point, this one is certainly the most overtly horror-driven. The blood splatters come frequently and in graphic, gross detail, and there is a much larger scale chase as well. The original "Alien" was more of a sci-fi thriller, and "Aliens" and a little more action-oriented. David Fincher does a pretty good job building tension and bringing in the scares. There is new xenomorphs in this film as well as they take attributes of their original hosts, in this case, an ox. There are the times when this Alien looks really well made, and other times when it is clearly digitally superimposed into scenes. That is really our biggest complaint about this sequel, its overuse of awful CGI. We can be forgiving because it was only 1992 when it came out, but man, these effects are dated and difficult and goofy to watch.
Overall, "Alien 3" is not a bad movie at all and is still mostly enjoyable, albeit pretty long-winded. Even with all the talk of conflict behind the scenes between the studio and Fincher, it's still a decent watch. What eventually wound up on screen, though a step down from the previous two films, is still pretty entertaining.
My Rating: 6/10
BigJ's Rating: 7/10
IMDB's Rating: 6.4/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 44%
Do we recommend this movie: Sure, why not?