One of the most polarizing sequels in modern franchises, “Alien Resurrection” sometimes plays like several movies at once: There’s a science-fiction sequel with grotesque special effects, an enthusiastic geekfest filled with one-liners as written by Joss Whedon, a European farce with a silly core, and a very poignant, compelling furthering of the Ripley saga (thanks to Sigourney Weaver’s deeply peculiar but effective performance). It’s really a lot to take, not to mention director Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s signature visual flouriches and a woefully miscast Winona Ryder, adding up to one of the most peculiar entries imaginable. Despite its drawbacks however, there’s a fascinating core to “Alien Resurrection”, one that suggests Jeunet’s vision was compromised by studio expectations and a witty screenplay he seems to have misunderstood, and ended up as a deeply flawed quasi-masterpiece.
Rating: ★★★ (out of 5)
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