Alien 3
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  • Sigourney Weaver is exceptional in her role as Ripley and in my opinion, gives her best performance of the franchise in this third outing
  • Her suicide is a beautiful scene, supported by an amazing soundtrack and in my opinion, reminds us that the heart of this movies has always been Ripley

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      Perhaps the entry into the franchise that divides opinion more than most; Alien 3 legacy is as evolving as the planning stages that originally promised such an elaborate and original tale.

      While dreams of a wooden planet, filled with a cast of devout monks and glorious imagery were never realized; what we’re left with is perhaps as worthy. Sometime after the events of Aliens, Ripley crash lands on a distant prison planet; her ship ruined, her companions dead and aliens in tow; one soon


      running riot throughout, the other slowly gestating in her chest.

      It’s a bleak film, both visually and thematically. After once again finding herself in a nightmarish struggle, Ripley has the added tragedy of the deaths of Newt and Hicks. Not long after, her ongoing battle with the Aliens becomes all the more intimate when she discovers she’s carrying one inside her. From that point on, this very much feels like a final act. Ripley is not only adamant on wiping out the alien threat once and for all and preventing the sinister company from harvesting it; but as a consequence realizes she mustn’t live through it.

      Sigourney Weaver is exceptional in her role as Ripley and in my opinion, gives her best performance of the franchise in this third outing. Likewise, her supporting cast are all impressive, particularly Charles Dance, Charles Dutton and Paul McGann.

      The film might lack the punch of the previous instalments, its certainly comparatively light on the action, but instead some real drama is ...


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      allowed to come to the foreground and shape Ripley out as a true heroine, capable of great sacrifice and that alone warrants this movie more credit than it’s usually bestowed. Granted, the alien seems quite incidental for the most part, barely registering on the radar for great chunks of time; but that allows Ripley to be the focus for a good portion of the first half the film, shape her out as a real character before delivering the horrifying revelation she’s carrying an alien
      inside of her in the second half.

      By the final moments of the movie, Ripley’s journey comes full circle as she takes a stand against the horror that has plagued her life for so long and makes the ultimate sacrifice to close the circle. Her suicide is a beautiful scene, supported by an amazing soundtrack and in my opinion, reminds us that the heart of this movies has always been Ripley; and however grimy and action light this third movie is; it ultimately ended on the right note.




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