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Alien (1979)

Succeeded by: Aliens (1986)

Director:
Ridley Scott
COUNTRY
USA/UK
GENRE
Horror/Science Fiction
NORWEGIAN TITLE
Alien den 8. passasjer
RUNNING TIME
117 minutes
Producer:
Gordon Carroll
David Giler
Walter Hill
Screenwriter:
Dan O'Bannon


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Dallas Tom Skerritt
Ellen Ripley Sigourney Weaver
Lambert Veronica Cartwright
Brett Harry Dean Stanton
Kane John Hurt
Ash Ian Holm
Parker Yaphet Kotto

 

Review

With Alien, director Ridley Scott brought B-movie sci-fi horror and the female action hero to mainstream cinema, with first-grade contemporary visual effects as catalyst for the movie's effect and remarkable success. The title character was a villain in the simplest sense; driven by reproduction and self-preservation basic human needs made into horror. Alien salutes and nourishes off of xenophopbia; everything unknown and not human should be feared, lest you end up as some of the more gullible of these crew members. Ridley Scott appeals to your most basal emotions, and probably gets the response he seeks. Luckily, we have Sigourney Weaver's Ellen Ripley as our saviour she's not only cool and emotionally controlled, she's also forward-looking and considerate, like an amalgam of classical male and female virtues. She became a feminist icon for all the right reasons she's not a dissident, she's a confident go-getter in an unforgiving world. And she can even put up with being desired in her underwear by her viewers. Perhaps because she's just as unattainable for her admirers and for her critics as she is for the alien.

Copyright 22.03.2020 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang [HAVE YOUR SAY]