Alien

audience Reviews

, 94% Audience Score
  • Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Great movie, well written with a good cast. Plenty of action and suspense to keep entertained through out the entire film.
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    Alien, or as I like to call it, Aliens: Origins (because it is the first one in the story and therefore IS the: Origins of the whole thing) is a great film. What I like to do is walk around with a DVD of this film (directors cut ONLY), and whip it out whenever one of those vegan zoomers come after my sci-fi. A HA! Checkmate feminisits, this film has a woman in it!
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    Alien is the perfect sci-fi/horror film. The amazing acting is perfectly matched with perfect directing, writing, and cinematography! The bleak setting is mixed with a grim sense of suspense when the titular xenomorph is stalking its victims. This is a must see film!
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    Bad ass Hero? H.R Giger? 2nd to none Production / Art? Greatest Sci-Fi / Horror ever? The answer is YES! Stands the test of time and then some! The original and the Best!
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    "In space, no one can hear you scream" – a memorable tagline for one of the greatest and influential films of all time. Successful at the box office and earning rapturous reviews from critics across the board. The film had gone on to influence future filmmakers and set the benchmark high for the modern blend of Science-Fiction and Horror genre. Establishing also upcoming director Ridley Scott as a talent to be reckoned with, along with introducing the world to Sigourney Weaver, who created one of cinema's most beloved and embraced lead heroines with Ellen Ripley. The story centres around a space crew who uncover an "alien" of hostile intentions, against which all them must fight to survive within their spaceship. The film has gone on to be replicated in unofficial instalments and spawn several follow-ups and spin-offs in its wake – enduring a long-lasting - legacy. The film has clearly lost none of what made the movie great, to begin with, and remains a definite favourite of mine. The basic premise is that the crew of a cargo spaceship, The Nostromo, all waken from a deep sleep by the company they work for to investigate a signal that may uncover new life. Reluctantly they trace the signal and arrive on a desolate and barren planet with only a strangely built spaceship left in the dust. The message seems to originate from inside its walls, containing chambers of symbolic alien designs. Eggs are found inside by one of the crew members Kane played by John Hurt, and one suddenly hatches, with the organism or inside sprouting and latching on to his face. After it detaches off Kane and dies, everything seems hunky-dory at first, until a more significant threat emerges. A newly born alien, with acid for blood, grows bigger and attacks the crew one by one. Ripley must then lead the remaining team to survive and confront the hostile creature once and for all. The film truly has the backing of some really talented crew behind Scott's vision. H.R. Giger, the production designer, really gives the design of the alien and planet its own identity and creatively makes them all look grim and dark. But Dan O'Bannon, the scriptwriter, in contrast with the design, writes the cast as likeable and relatable; you really want these people to make it even when the odds may be against them. The character of Ripley played by Sigourney Weaver gives the role gravitas and projects a compelling lead character who is reliable, robust and has a no-nonsense attitude. Evident still when she has to lead an unnerved crew herself against the alien. It's the chemistry overall of the team that works, and the filmmakers remember why that is important. To have characters that you can support with their situation and is balanced out with a destructive threat that is no-holds-barred frightening. Not just how the cast and design are constructed expertly but also how the alien appears on-screen is brilliantly handled as well. Scott deploys the Spielberg method that he used with the shark in Jaws; by not showing too much of the monster on screen, the fear factor rises and raises the bar in suspension. This approach is used effectively in Alien – the less we see, the more frightened we become. The late John Hurt, in particular, is brilliantly memorable in a scene that I won't spoil, for those who haven't seen the film, but is genuinely shocking and ground-breaking. All these ingredients mark a genuinely fantastic piece of cinema that set the standard for modern horror and would prompt much analogy and study of undercurrent themes that resonate within the film. Even when the basic story structure is essentially a survival genre story. Much loved and seen over and over, Ridley Scott and Co. prove that Science-Fiction films aren't only masterful by just making them about the vast, full world of space. That merely using terror and ingenuity within ship decks can work cinematically and create one heck of a damn good scary flick!
  • Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    An exceptional film that brings your worst nightmares of being lost in space to life as it emphasizes the fact that no one can hear your screams in space.
  • Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Even after forty years, Ridley Scott's Alien remains as powerful a film as it was the day it was released. It's difficult to think of another movie that is effectively able to combine the jump scares with the claustrophobic sense of horror the exists in Alien from beginning to end, all done with great artistry. Filled with memorable scenes, the story follows the crew of the Nostromo as they seek out what appears to be a distress signal from deep space and are forced to deal with the horrors that follow. Alien was Scott's second film, following the fantastic The Duellists and preceding the legendary Bladerunner, giving him a run of films to start his career unlike many others.
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    One of the finest Sci-fi movies ever made. Sigourney Weaver is so amazing!
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    It was one of the first to make a space horror actually worth watching. It's far from the B horror movies before it. It's a classic and is easily one of those movies you can watch again and again.
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    The movie was ok but i gave it 5 stars cause Jones survived