Alien (1979)

logoDirector: Ridley Scott

Writer: Dan O’Bannon (Screenplay) Dan O’Bannon, Ronald Shusett (Story)

Starring: Tom Skerritt, Sigourney Weaver, Veronica Cartwright, Harry Dean Stanton, John Hurt, Ian Holm, Yaphet Kotto

 

Plot: A commercial vessel Nostromo receives a distress call from an unexplored planet. After searching for survivors, the crew Dallas (Skerritt), Ripley (Weaver), Lambert (Cartwright), Brett (Stanton), Kane (Hurt), Ash (Holm) and Parker (Kotto) head home only to realize that a deadly bioform has joined them.

 

Verdict: The classic sci-fi thriller

Story: It would be fair to say when this came out it was brilliant and stand alone on the type of film. Now the story has been copied, pinched from and used to the death. This paved the way for the truly trapped horror films because the space mission means it’s the ship of nothing. The twist that comes half way through offers a surprise and of cause the mood of the film changes drastically when the alien makes its first appearance. (10/10)

 

Actor Review: Sigourney Weaver – Ripley, just part of the crew really but steps up when the alien starts wreaking havoc. In a role that will be remembered as one of the best and most iconic in sci-fi history this performance will never be forgotten. Breakout Performance Award, Iconic Performance Award, Star Performance Award (10/10)

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Actor Review: Tom Skerritt – Captain Dallas puts the team together to investigate the planet but has to step up when they don’t come back alone. Good performance showing leadership in time of panic. (9/10)

Actor Review: Ian Holm – Ash the science officer who is very distant as well as keeping a big secret from the rest of the crew. Good performance from Holm that opened a door for a twist in films that people actually have to think about. (9/10)

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Actor Review: John Hurt – Kane gets a creature stuck on his face before looking like making a full recovery only to make film history. This character has one of the most iconic sci-fi horror deaths in history. Unluckiest Character Award (9/10)

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Director Review: Ridley Scott – Creates a world that no one saw coming and shows brilliant direction to create atmosphere throughout. (10/10)

 

Horror: There is no escape from a creature you have never met. (10/10)

Sci-Fi: Redefines the sci-fi genre to use true horror. (10/10)

Special Effects: Stunning special effects that even after 30 plus years still haven’t dated. (10/10)

Believability: We don’t know what is really in space until we go deeper enough. (5/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Settings: When it comes to horror you need great location isolation is the best as we know the characters have nowhere to run, this offers that making the setting perfect. (10/10)

Suggestion: Most films can come and go and gain a few fans, this is not one of them it is one of the first films people will say when you say sci-fi. This makes it a must watch and when you do you will be reward but I expect most of you have already seen it so watch it again. (Watch)

 

Best Part: Alien first reveal.

Kill Of The Film: Kane

Trivia: The original title was Space Beast.

Oscar Chances: Won for Best Effects.

Chances of Sequel: Has three direct sequels and a couple of versus films.

 

Overall: Masterpiece classic must see

Rating 97

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