Written August 06, 2008
(parred down version) Very moody and atmospheric, but other than its stylish design and direction, there really wasn’t all that much to keep this film going. I did love the new design for the alien, even much more than I did the Alien 3, canine version. But due to the high levels of camp and laughable dialogue, even if sometimes homage, it didn’t feel like it was an appropriate fit in the alien franchise. the film is weakened by a surprising amount of horror movie clichés. The generics - the man who goes off by himself follows a trail of guns to his tragic demise, the obvious threat that is brought along who serves to complicate the welfare of the others, etc. In terms of the scare factor, the heavy reliance on things popping out at the screen detracts from scenes of potential suspense. And when there was a little suspense, it couldn't carry a scene successfully. You’d think the scares would be easier to come by with such a moodily-shot environment. (2.5 / 5 stars)
Written July 06, 2012
As I open this review I realize the unintended pun in regards to the title. Resurrection. This picture idea needed to remain dead. Don't get me wrong, I had a good laugh watching it and I was even entertained. But it's a clear example of what already began to take place in Alien 3 and takes place with many Hollywood franchises all the time. The product makes money, so you turn to the accountant types to 'package' the next version of cool aid, hence removing the originality from the product that made the big bucks to begin with. Or, we could call it a resurrection.
Looking back at all this highly talented pieces of the puzzle, it's easy to see why they don't fit at all. Clearly, the studio guys knew nothing of this folk's work. They were probably "packaging" this thing via their assistants. I mean, have you seen any of Jean-Pierre Jeunet's movies? I'm talking about Delicatessen and Amelie here. Go have a look. Tell me where you see an alien and a space ship in there?