Friday, October 24, 2008
Alien (1979) ****1/2 Stars
First of all, the only reason this didn't get the full five stars from me was the fright level. There is a constant level of tension throughout the film, but it wasn't very scary. It really is a five star movie, sets, acting, the perfect alien, but I am holding out my final 1/2 star for the movie that scares the shit out of me.
You all know the story here. The crew of the spaceship Nostromo are diverted from their mission to answer a distress call from the surface of a planet their ship happened to be passing. Upon arrival on the planet, the crew discovers a group of leathery "pods". They should have left them alone...they don't. One of the pods opens, and its spider-like inhabitant attaches itself to one of the crews face. Bad mojo.
The crew returns to ship, with spider in tow. Well not tow, it's still attached to the face of the crewman Kane. They discover there is no way to remove the alien parasite without killing Kane. Later, it detaches itself. Problem solved. Ummmm, not so much.
You guys know the rest. Lunch, alien "birth", dead crew. So here are some thoughts I had while re-watching this one tonight.
-If you are even remotely a leg-man, you should own this movie. Sigourney Weaver does a few scenes in just her underwear, and she has some LEGS.
-Why do all spaceships in sci-fi movies have self-destruct mechanisms? Why would you buy this option for your new ship? "Yeah, I know I'm paying a Trillion dollars for the ship, but can you install something that will blow it up? No, I mean like a button or lever you push and then the ship blows up. Maybe a computer voice that counts down until the ship blows up? That'd be great."
-Tom Skerritt and Yaphet Kotto, was there anything they weren't in during the late 70's and 80's?
**If you haven't seen this movie, stop reading here!!
-I keep thinking the cat was looking out of its "deep-sleep" bed at the end thinking, ‘Wait. You shot it out of the door?! Why the hell didn't we do that earlier, you know, before we blew up the big ship?’