Alien (15)

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Alien

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Time Out says

In the wake of the huge commercial success of Alien, almost all attention has perversely focused on the provenance of the script (was it a rip-off of It, the Terror from Beyond Space? Of Van Vogt's fiction? Was former John Carpenter collaborator Dan O'Bannon sold out by producers Walter Hill and David Giler's rewrites?). But the limited strengths of its staple sci-fi horrors - crew of commercial spacecraft menaced by stowaway monster - always derived from either the offhand organic/ Freudian resonances of its design or the purely (brilliantly) manipulative editing and pacing of its above-average shock quota. Intimations of a big-budget Dark Star fade early, and notions of Weaver as a Hawksian woman rarely develop beyond her resourceful reaction to jeopardy. At least Scott has no time to dawdle over redundant futuristic effects in the fashion that scuttles his later Blade Runner.

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Rated:

15

UK release:

1979

Duration:

116 mins

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matt

I love this movie. It is timeless and likely will resonate in the future when its predictions turn out to be dead on. It's like a beautiful blend between Kubrik's 2001 and Ghostbusters. I love sigourney weaver, what a woman!

matt

I love this movie. It is timeless and likely will resonate in the future when its predictions turn out to be dead on. It's like a beautiful blend between Kubrik's 2001 and Ghostbusters. I love sigourney weaver, what a woman!

Richard Freeman

An amazingly good film. The script borrows heavily from the classic 1975 DoctorWho story 'The Ark in Space'. None of the sequals has lived up to the first Alien film. Aliens for example has none of the clostrophobic horror.

Richard Freeman

An amazingly good film. The script borrows heavily from the classic 1975 DoctorWho story 'The Ark in Space'. None of the sequals has lived up to the first Alien film. Aliens for example has none of the clostrophobic horror.

ffelix

Unbelievably good. This film does an excellent job of vacillating between the sheer boredom & monotony of blue-collar work [this time in space] & the adrenaline poisoning of abject terror & dread. The absence of information is stunningly powerful & lends force to the H.R. Giger monster designs when she finally shows herself well into the film. The soundtrack to this film is amazing, though seldom mentioned.

ffelix

Unbelievably good. This film does an excellent job of vacillating between the sheer boredom & monotony of blue-collar work [this time in space] & the adrenaline poisoning of abject terror & dread. The absence of information is stunningly powerful & lends force to the H.R. Giger monster designs when she finally shows herself well into the film. The soundtrack to this film is amazing, though seldom mentioned.

Magmabulle

Some scenes have not aged with much dignity, but all in all it is as frightening as it was when it was released.

Magmabulle

Some scenes have not aged with much dignity, but all in all it is as frightening as it was when it was released.

Tina

Aliens is a good film, although can be very slow in places. There are a couple of fantastic scenes which have made the film stand out and probably made it as famous as it is. I much prefer the sequel Aliens though.

Tina

Aliens is a good film, although can be very slow in places. There are a couple of fantastic scenes which have made the film stand out and probably made it as famous as it is. I much prefer the sequel Aliens though.