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Experience a more visually stunning picture in this restored version of Alien3! Three-time Academy Award® nominee Sigourney Weaver returns in Alien3 as Officer Ripley, the sole survivor of the spaceship Nostromo’s encounter with a deadly extraterrestrial in Alien, and subsequent victor over the Alien Queen after an epic battle in the cargo hold of the military transport ship Sulaco in Aliens. After escaping from the alien planet, the ship carrying 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 discovers that her true enemy is more than just the killer alien.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 43
- Fresh: 18
- Rotten: 25
- Average Rating: 5.2/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: Alien 3 belongs to that branch of fantasy comics, best exemplified by the Road Warrior movies, in which the iron and space ages meet for dizzy results.
Fresh: A grimly seductive end-of-the-world thriller, with pop-tragic overtones that build in resonance as the movie goes on.
Rotten: There are a few narrative twists, but not enough new ideas to keep us guessing. In the end, we're stuck running through air shafts and corridors again.
Rotten: Barely watchable and not especially enjoyable.
Don't Let The Theatrical Cut Deter You
I personally can't finish the theatrical cut of this film, however this version is the closest to David Fincher's vision that we're going to get. The theatrical cut is a bitter reminder that studios don't know what is best in any sense. With the continuous rewrites and manipulation during production Fincher walked away before the cutting room and he will never speak of this film. This version gives more insight into the characters and their dynamic. Instead of the theatrical version where bodies stack up and you don't care about any of the characters, you understand their backstory as well as the new envisioning of the xenomorph alien. If you're a fan of the Alien franchise i suggest giving this cut a try, even if you despise the theatrical cut, like me. This version is worth your time for at least one screening.
The 3rd film in a film series to enjoy!
enjoy one of David Fincher's first masterpieces...dark with even more story detail with this workprint extended cut, don't miss this film.
An Underrated Masterpiece
I had always heard that Alien 3 was what ruined the series but when I finally saw the special edition for myself I was amazed. Though this movie is a flawed one, it is also quite visually stunning and atmospheric. Sigourney Weaver yet again does a terrific job acting. Alien 3 functions as an engaging dark sic-fi story rather than a horror movie or an action movie like it's predecessors. I would recommend this movie to those who seek a valid, if flawed, continuation to the Alien saga.
- Genre: Sci-Fi & Fantasy
- Released: 1992
- © 1992 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation.