Alien3 (1992)

7.5 Overall Score
Story: 7/10
Acting: 8/10
Visuals: 8/10


Slow pace, a let down when compared to Alien and Aliens

Movie Info

Movie Name: Alien3

Studio: Brandywine Productions

Genre(s): Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Action/Adventure

Release Date(s): May 22, 1992

MPAA Rating: R


Hey baby, what’s up?

Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) finds herself the only survivor when her escape pod crashes on the prison planet of Fiorina “Fury” 161, and finds herself trying to deal with Newt’s death.  When evidence that a facehugger came on the escape pod with her, Ripley realizes that she and all the prisoners could be in danger of an alien trapped with them…on a planet with no weapons.

Directed by David Fincher, Alien3 was the first chink in a series of movies that so far had been amazing.  The movie wasn’t received well and Fincher even had problems with the cut released to the theaters (and there has been a “director’s cut” released on DVD & Blu-Ray).  In spite of the problems, Alien3 still was a top money maker of the year.


Bark, bark, bark

Alien3 suffers from having too good of a movie leading into it.  Aliens really pushed what could be done with the aliens, and the multiple aliens of Aliens, made it kind of a bummer to return to the suspense and horror of Alien.  With one alien, it becomes an issue of how to kill the alien…in Aliens it didn’t matter.

Alien3 also negated AliensAliens was all about protecting Newt and getting off the planet.  To say that Newt died, Hicks died, and Bishop (played by Lance Henriksen) was destroyed really makes you way “what was the point?” about Aliens.  They would have been better off on LV-426 and dying there.  Ripley’s happy ending is destroyed and she even becomes a host for the thing she hates.


How stupid do you think I am…ok, I’m that stupid

Ripley’s impregnation with an alien does allow for mother theme that existed in the first two movies to continue.  Ripley becomes a mother again to the creature she hopes to destroy.  The movie ends with the actual birth.  As the Alien movies grow, Ripley becomes less and less feminine until this movie where she is as tough as she’s ever been and even has somewhat of a resemblance to a man with her shaved head.  Her death in this movie allows for her to be reborn.

Alien3 is a disappointment.  One of the biggest things it did was show what happens when an alien incubates in a non-human subject (the dog alien is a result).  If Alien3 had come out before Aliens, it wouldn’t have been seen as big of a letdown, but unfortunately it followed a great movie and wasn’t able to live up to it.

Related Links:

Prometheus (2012)

Alien:  Covenant (2017)

Alien (1979)

Aliens (1986)

Alien:  Resurrection (1997)

Aliens vs. Predator (2004)

Aliens vs. Predator:  Requiem (2007)

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