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Alien³ (1992)

R | | Horror, Sci-Fi | 22 May 1992 (USA)
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After the last encounter LT Ellen Ripley crash lands on Fiorina Fury 161, a deep space maximum security prison . When a serial killer haunts the facility, Ripley realizes that she brought along an unwelcome visitor.

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After escaping from the alien planet, the ship carrying Ellen Ripley crashes onto a remote and inhabited ore refinery. While living in the ore refinery until she is rescued by her employers, Ripley discovers the horrifying reason for her crash: An alien stowaway. As the alien matures and begins to kill off the inhabitants, Ripley is unaware that her true enemy is more than just the killer alien. Written by Kerwin Tsang <kertsang@yahoomail.com>

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3 times the suspense. 3 times the danger. 3 times the terror See more »

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Rated R for monster violence, and for language | See all certifications »

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$63,000,000 (estimated)

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$55,473,600 (USA)
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First-time director David Fincher disowned the film, citing constant studio interference and actually walked out of production before final editing began. He did preside over a rough cut that became the basis for the 'Assembly Cut', a longer version of the movie later released on DVD and Blu-ray. See more »

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Early in the film the interior of the EEV is a mess, having been smashed up by the crash. However, as the movie progresses, it seems to be in a better and better condition and at the end it seems to be almost intact. It is not a plausible explanation that the interior of the wreckage was cleared up by the inmates on Fury 161 when they were removing the bodies of the rest of the crew and possibly looking for salvage because there is no point that they restore the neuroscanner and the related equipment since (as it is mentioned several times throughout the movie) they have neither the technology nor the knowledge required for any sophisticated equipment. See more »

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Computer Voice: Stasis interrupted. Fire in cryogenic compartment. Repeat, fire in cryogenic compartment. All personnel report to emergency escape vehicle launch pod. Deep-space flight will commence in T-minus twenty seconds.
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The 20th Century Fox fanfare that plays during the opening studio logo segues ominously into the score of the film. See more »

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IN THE YEAR 2525 (Exordium and Terminus)
Written by Rick Evans
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The Weakest Of The Four
20 September 2003 | by (Baltimore) – See all my reviews

My Rating: ** out of ****.

Alien 3 is a big disappointment. There are many flaws in the film plus one possible plot hole. Many will argue that Alien: Resurrection is worse, but I found many more aspects of that better than Alien 3.

The first problem with this movie is the story is basically a rehash of the first Alien. The only difference is that Alien was much more effective. The story is in no way thrilling at all. Also, the tagline for the film "On Earth everyone can hear you scream". What the hell? This movie doesn't take place anywhere near earth.

Another problem is the characters which are really poor. I know I did complain about some of Alien's characters, but they were ten times more interesting and likable compared to some of these characters. There are basically too many characters, its obvious there just here to get killed. One of the only characters to have a personality is Charles S. Dutton's characters, but when he talks he sounds more like a reverend. We do not need religious people in an Alien film. It doesnt fit at all.

The film does contain good visual effects, one of its strengths. The film also has a dark atmosphere thats suitable. It also has some style by director David Fincher, I liked his point of view shots of the Alien. I also liked the ending, it was the perfect way to end a disappointing film. Unfortunately, these are just about the only strengths Alien 3 has.

The action scenes werent that suspenseful. The scene where The Alien pins Ripley against the wall was the only part I felt that was suspenseful. The other scenes I just didnt feel anything. Something else I found disappointing was the killing of Newt and Hicks. I cared much about those characters and they just kill them off here. Overall, Alien 3 is worth watching just to see all of the films but other than that its really disappointing.


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