Okay, here we go, I’m trying to be as positive as I possibly can. The third installment in the Alien franchise takes Ripley to a prison planet, where an Alien on her destroyed ship starts wreaking havoc. Also, some moronic writer killed off Newt and Hicks, dammit I tried to be positive it’s just so bad.
Alien 3 is a very rare film because so many things went wrong and it’s a wonder how it ever came to be in the first place. The writing was a mess, the set building was a mess, the only person who seemed committed and passionate about the project was the only person not taken seriously. I am of course speaking of the 29-year-old director, David Fincher who has directed some of my favourite films, Se7en, Social Network and Fight Club but the businessmen behind Alien 3 didn’t let him have creative freedom and in the end, the film suffered for it.
This disappointing sequel has some positives, so I’m going to kick off with those before I really dig into Alien 3. Sigourney Weaver brings her A game once again saving the film from being an utter disaster, the magnitude of the finale was pretty much carried by her and was one of the strongest parts of the film. Speaking of strong performances Charles Dance really surprised me, his portrayal of Clemens was subtle yet refreshing. What other good things are there? I guess some of the action was a lot gorier changing the atmosphere of the film. The live action xenomorph scenes were a genuine joy but the CGI stuff was tacky and painful, it really killed momentum. The only part of the story that had been thought through was the finale which worked but the rest of the film was a tad slapdash killing off two very crucial characters from the second film for no real reason except that they could. These really foolish and unforgivable mistakes completely stunted the potential of this film. The film altogether is okay but it could’ve been so much better.
To me, I see Alien 3 as one huge missed opportunity, I kinda wish I could go back in time and slap around the writers a bit, come on who’s idea was it to kill Newt and I would also give Fincher all the creative power. Sorry, I didn’t mean to get violent but the ingredients we’re all there, just someone didn’t want to use them. It’s frustrating thinking about what could’ve been.