Sunday, February 27, 2011

Alien 3 (1992)

Links: TVTropes (entire series), Wikipedia, IMDB (6.3).

Sigh. I recently suffered through the Special Edition cut of Alien³, and it sucked even more than the original cut. The original had not-enough-movie smeared across too-much-buildup, a contrived plot, generally poor characterization, and a crap opening that invalidates any emotional investment in the previous film. The SE adds mammoth pacing problems, removes a few reasonably clever bits of direction, adds a few wallbanger scenes, and compensates only by making the planet slightly more three-dimensional (showing the shoreline in the opening scene, the only exterior shot in a claustrophobic movie that could just as well have been set on a space station). Score: 2 stars out of 4.

PS: Disregard every bit of hokum this movie tries to tell you about men with two Y chromosomes. By the early 1980s, long before this movie's script was written, the earlier myths from the 1960s had been disproven and it was quite clear that 47,XYY syndrome does NOT lead to aggression, violence, or sociopathy. There are some statistical differences in height (taller) and IQ (dumber), but they're tiny compared to normal human variation.

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