Alien Review (1979)
Actors: Sigourney Weaver, Ian Holm, John Hurt, Tom Skerritt, Veronica Cartwright, Yaphet Kotto
Duration: 112 min
You might like this movie if you enjoyed:
The Thing (1982), Predator (1987), Prometheus (2012)
The story in one sentence: Alien tells the story of seven crew members of the space ship Nostromo and their discovery of a creature that should have never been found.
Storyline: When crew members of the space ship Nostromo wake up from a signal, which appears to be an SOS, they land and three of the crew members discover the area the signal came from. They find a stranded space ship and enter it. Inside they split up and find the remains of an enormous alien and a chamber filled with eggs. While observing the chamber and noticing movement in one of the egg, Executive Officer Kane (John Hurt) gets attacked by the creature that was inside of it. And then the horror begins.
Review: Alien starts off with an intro of about four minutes, which is probably the longest one I have ever seen. The audience is transported outer space, the title which looks like hieroglyphs at first slowly reveals itself, followed by sequences of the inside of the Nostromo. The music they use during the intro is very suspenseful and makes you wonder what will happen next. In fact the music sets the tone throughout the whole movie and keeps you interested. But I noticed that in shock moments they don’t use any music effects at all. I am not sure if it would have been cheesy with music or more effective, I guess it is debatable.
The acting was no Oscar performance but I could relate to the characters especially to Sigourney Weaver who embodied true emancipation. Ian Holmes’s performance as Ash was very well done as well. I assume I have seen the remastered version since the picture was very clear, so I am not sure if they added extra scenes in the newer version but I can definitely say that it can easily compete with new Alien themed movies. Even though the story was lacking and missed out on providing the audience with enough information, I think the acting was decent and the ending made me gasp a little and hope for a sequel that explains what the first part is actually about.
Alien is a movie I would recommend to anyone who wants to see an “interesting” science fiction movie that doesn’t rely on gore and shock moments.
My rating: 6.5/10
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