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February 16 2016

Alien: Resurrection - Joss Whedon's original endings. Den of Geek has a look at what Joss originally intended for the fourth movie in the Alien franchise.

I'm one of that minority (?) that thinks Alien: Resurrection is actually a pretty good movie...until Ripley falls through the floor. Then, when I've shown it, I just fast-forward to post-Newborn-suckage and summarize what the lucky viewer's missed.
filops - I'm in that same rare minority, the newborn just ruins the movie for me. I don't think the idea was bad but the execution and the special effect was awful.
It's the only movie I've ever walked out of at the cinema. Little did I know at the time that I'd be helping to run a fansite devoted to the movie's writer.
Simon: Life is funny ;)
Eh... my thing is it was just a bad collaboration. I like Whedon. I like Jeunet. But that was Jeunet's first film after working with Marc Caro and after reading what Jeunet said, I can see him trying to make his film. But I don't see much reconciliation between what the script is going for and what he's trying to do.

I never actively hated the film. I just came down with a horrible case of the "'meh"'s while watching it. Things happen. It's visually silly. It has Whedon jokes. I'm checking my watch. That doesn't mean there's nothing in it I like.
No, it isnt really a bad film. Its not really a great one either. But it is easy to see that most of the reasons for it not being good come from the directors side.
I had loved Aliens, which I saw in Iquitos, Peru, in between my stays in the Amazon doing fieldwork. You can get really attached to English-language movies while living in the jungle. I wasn't hopped for seeing the third in the franchise, since I knew it was all about being stuck on a prison planet, but I was excited to see Alien Resurrection. That is until I saw it. I made a deal with my best friend, she'd come see Alien Resurrection with me, and I would go see Titanic with her. I realized they were basically the same movie. An unlikely pair racing around a doomed ship. Only I figured in those circumstances, if it were up to me, I would definitely prefer Sigourney Weaver as my protector compared to Leonardo DiCaprio. At that time I hadn't started watching Buffy, and had no idea who Joss Whedon was, but looking backward, I distinctly realized it was a trial run for Firefly. The other Jossian moment that stuck with me, was when Riply sees her failed previous clone attempts, and destroys them - and the grumpy Jayneish character says something like "It must be a chick thing." That was utterly Joss.
Barboo - that, and when a character tells Ripley "I heard you were dead," she replies, "Yeah, I get that a lot."

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