(Recommended by SI readers Araj and Dr.Lawrence Kutner)
After many false starts, we’re finally getting around to watching Alien, the three-decade-old Hollywood space classic.
The DVD we got from Netflix gave us two options for the movie: Director’s Cut and Theatrical Release.
We opted for the Director’s Cut (157 minutes), which came out 25-years after the movie first debuted.
As Alien director Ridley Scott explains before the beginning of the movie, the Director’s Cut version includes previously unshown scenes and some adjustments to the original movie.
Alien has been described by SI reader Araj as ‘neither technically nor narratively as brilliant as Cameron’s Aliens.’
Apparently, this movie was a big hit in its day for its then-novel idea of the dreadful or should it be dreaded ‘Alien.’
We have already watched about 20 minutes or so of the movie.
Commercial towing spaceship Nostromo with its seven-member crew is on a course toward Earth with 20 million tons of mineral ore when they descend on a planetoid to investigate a strange transmission.
The bumpy landing has caused some damage to the spaceship. As repairs are being carried out to the spaceship, three crew members get down on the planetoid to look around.
You may expect us to update this post after we complete the movie.
Were we impressed with Alien?
No big deal, folks. We really didn’t have any of those wow moments.
There was neither great drama nor any snazzy special effects.
Was the movie alright?
Yes, just like a thousand other OK movies. Given all the hype associated with this film we expected so much more.
The movie is basically about how the crew members of Nostromo deal and die (all except one) while trying to get rid of an alien creature that has come on board the spaceship by attaching itself to the face of one of the crew when he had gone outside to investigate a planetoid for some strange transmission.
There’s little memorable heroic action or notable acting. In fact, the script gives little room for any noteworthy acting.
The fight between the Alien and the crew is a completely one-sided affair, almost till the very end.
Even the climax in the shuttle after it detaches from the main spaceship was a letdown.
Of course, you’d argue that this movie was made in 1979, long before the era of computer graphics dawned.
Still, was this all they could deliver?
In a few days, we’ll watch James Cameron’s Aliens and see how Mr.Titanic fared with the sequel.