The Rewind Movie Podcast
Alien 3 (1992) - Episode 64
RUMOUR CONTROL. We’ve crash landed on Fury 161 for the latest installment in our xenomorphic review series LV-RMP, as we reach David Fincher’s divisive and dour 1992 threequel ALIEN3.
Controversially stripping Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) of her potential happily ever when both Hicks and Newt are killed when her shuttle plummets out of the sky, our beleaguered heroine finds herself stranded on a godforsaken foundry-turned-prison with a rogues’ gallery of double-Y chromo villains, who have found a very apocalyptic version of Christianity at the back end of the universe. Unfortunately, aside from a terminally tattered Bishop (Lance Henriksen), there is, in fact, another survivor of the accident - a familiar, vicious creature set to wreak havoc on the unarmed and disbelieving inmates. Forming a tentative bond with the mysterious medical officer Clemens (Charles Dance), a grudging mutual respect with the evangelical Dillon (Charles S. Dutton), and butting heads with the officious and ineffectual warden Andrews (Brian Glover), Ripley finds herself once again the only person who can stand between the xenomorph and the shadowy Weyland-Yutani Corporation who wish to get their hands on this perfect organism.
Beset by production woes, maligned upon release, and subject to studio interference at every stage, we revisit a film that boasts plenty of positives, not least an intriguing cast of quality British character actors, and the emerging but already identifiable hand of a director who would go on to become one of Hollywood’s most distinctive and exacting. Is this a worthy successor to the landmark films it follows, a deservedly disregarded disaster, or something in between?
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