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"Alien Resurrection"

Arise Lasarusina! And indeed she did arise, after all she has only been dead two hundred years. The powers that be aren't to be rejected, when they offer millions to please resurrect yourself. And what the hell! You already are familiar with this character Ripley. Sure enough being the great actress that she is, she resuscitates herself, that is Sigourney Weaver. She really knows how to handle these creatures. Don't misunderstand Ripley, holds her own. Sigourney can tame gorillas, like in "Gorillas in the Mist" and she has a way with wayward married men, like in "The Ice Storm". Now she shows us that she hadn't lost her touch in manipulating, is it DNA, one drop of blood brings her back. She makes Tarzan look like a wimp and she is only dealing hi-tech slimy creatures. So revolting and stomach wrenching that you really get the hell scared out of you.

Winona Ryder comes along for the ride or should I say she delivers food or fodder for the aliens. In a recent interview she said that when she saw the first Alien, she fell in love with the movie and the strengths of Ellen Ripley. She immediately left the theatre and bought a poster which she still claims is in her bedroom. And why not? It was a great commercial art poster. Remember the shape of a large egg about to be hatched and theatregoers are still going for those eggs. They come scrambled, soft-boiled, over easy or just plain hard.

Getting back to Annalee Call as played by Winona, sure helps us forget those witches from, "The Crucible". She is always a credit to looking great, even in the midst of great danger. Even when she and Sigourney are asked to do "A Poseidon Adventure" scene. They dutifully terrified their facial masks to let us know that it is horror of the first degree. Hey don't get too comfortable. There are many things going on in the lab of General Perez, played by Dan Hedaya, that will lift you out of your seat and make you scream. Which only points out that even though you know what's coming, in an audience the scariness can still be very contagious. Will Sigourney repeat again? Only if the price is right. Will we be seduced into this coming? Of course, just like we cannot wait for "Scream II" C O M I N G !

Alien Resurrection
20th Century Fox
Produced by: Gordon Carroll, David Giler, Walter Hill, Bill Badalato
Directed by: Jean-Pierre Jeunet
With: Ron Perlman, Dan Hedaya, J. E. Freeman, Brad Dourif, Michael Wincott
Alien effects designed and created by: Alec Gillis, Tom Woodruff, Jr.
Music by: John Frizzell
Film editor: Herve Schneid
Production designer: Nigel Phelps
Director of photography: Darius Khondji
Based on characters created by: Dan O'Bannon, Ronald Shusett
Written by: Joss Whedon
Rated: R
Released 26 November 1997 wide

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Original Date Wednesday 26 November 1997
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