After crash landing on a remote prison planet, Ellen Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) and the convicts find themselves fighting another monster. David Fincher, in his directing debut, had his work cut out; developing the “Alien” tale after the first two innovative parts wasn’t easy. Expectations were high. Number three may be set in a prison colony, but not much has changed. Fincher does create a raw, stark, claustrophobic atmosphere in the prison and its long tunnels, but fancy visuals don’t conceal the fact that it’s all familiar. Still, there’s some tension and a now bald Weaver is solid.

1992-U.S. 115 min. Color. Widescreen. Directed by David Fincher. Cast: Sigourney Weaver (Ellen Ripley), Charles S. Dutton (Dillon), Charles Dance (Clemens), Paul McGann, Brian Glover, Ralph Brown… Lance Henriksen, Pete Postlethwaite.

Trivia: Followed by Alien Resurrection (1997).


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