Rarely when I write these movie reviews do I ever get to talk about a movie that I truly consider perfect in almost every single way but that is really the key word to use when describing Ridley Scott’s scifi thriller “Alien”. Perfection. There are very few movies, even in this day and age, that seem to be perfected down to every last detail like this masterpiece.
This movie starts off by introducing a versatile but appropriate cast of characters. Get used to these people, cause they’re the only people you’re gonna see the entire damn movie. Each character has certain traits that personify them in a completely three dimensional way. None of the characters seem fake and the dialogue all seems natural and well written. I could honestly just keep spilling about how much I love this movie, but then it wouldn’t be a review, would it?
If I absolutely HAD to make a few complaints about this wonderful piece of artwork, it would be this. A lot of time is wasted at the beginning of the movie getting the characters to explore the planet and bring back John Hurt’s character who now has an alien life form attached to his face. After that though, the movie is masterfully suspenseful and the pacing clicks into fast mode. Once the movie becomes fast-paced, every second of the movie is worth watching.
So the doctor on board, Ash tries to study the alien while the other ship members question whether an unknown entity should be aboard. Of course, they are right to imagine the worst as the alien lays eggs in John Hurts throat. Of course this is immediately followed by the most famous scene from this particular film, the scene where the alien plunges out into the world from inside a man’s chest.
After escaping, the alien grows rather quickly and becomes a lethal eating machine. From there on out, the alien slowly picks off crew members one at a time. All the while, a government plot is unveiled which required the crew to capture this alien which has been described as a perfect organism. As Ripley (Portrayed perfectly by Sigourney Weaver) attempts to save her own life, thwart the government plot and kill the alien, she runs into many obstacles that seem to stand between her and her well being.
One thing I’d really like to touch on is the set. This movie had a set so surreal, and for 1979 that was pretty unheard of. The ship seemed so real and it’s long corridors had the viewer trying to memorize the layout plan of the ship. This sort of attention to every last detail is really one of the things that truly sucks the viewer into the world that’s being presented before us.
Another notable excellence about Alien is the performances, particularly from Weaver. Although the cast was small, I was surprised not to see a single weak performance. Every actor brought their A game to really sell the realism behind the movie. Again, it’s the attention to every last detail. Damn this movie rules so much.
Overall, I could say good things about this movie all day because it truly was and is a step forward in film making and a complete innovation for the industry. If you’ve never seen Alien, then stop everything and go watch it. Seriously, this movie achieved a sort of perfection that just can’t be achieved in film anymore.
Overall Rating: 10/10