The Rewind Movie Podcast
Alien Resurrection (1997) - Episode 68
I’M THE MONSTER’S MOTHER. Welcome back to LV-RMP, our journey through the on-screen history of one of the greatest cinematic monsters ever conceived: the xenomorph. We’ve reached the conclusion of the original ‘Quadrilogy’ with director Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s gooey 1997 installment Alien Resurrection.
200 years after Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) took her sacrificial dive into the smelter on Fury 161, scientists from United Systems Military have used blood recovered from the scene to create a clone of Ripley, replete with the alien queen that was gestating within her. Harvesting the creature to once again go about trying to utilise the creatures for military and medical purposes, their new Ripley No. 8 starts to show signs that perhaps the line between human and monster may not be so clear. When a ragtag band of space scoundrels (including a wide-eyed Winona Ryder as a tagalong with a secret) arrives with suspiciously human cargo, the inevitable breaking loose of all hell forges fragile alliances in the scramble for survival. The creatures have not only returned, but evolved…
Working from a script from then-wunderkind Buffy creator Joss Whedon, Jeunet was hot off two highly regarded, visually stunning arthouse hits co-directed with Marc Caro. A breakneck change of pace from the austere misery of Alien3, he brought a slick, sly and slimy approach to the series, but contemporary critics were not enthused. In retrospect, was there any reason to resurrect? Join Gali, Devlin, Patrick and Matt as they scream into the void one more time.
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