• Publication date: January 1, 2011

200 Years Later Still Only One Woman Can Save Humanity Alien Resurrection: A New Strand of Terror Arises

Two centuries have passed since Ellen Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) killed herself to protect the future of humankind. Prior to her suicide an alien embryo had been implanted inside Ripley; once born the Alien creature would spawn other beasts, and eventually destroy everything in their path. Ellen made the ultimate sacrifice to ensure that did not happen.

Two centuries have passed since Ellen Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) killed herself to protect the future of humankind. Prior to her suicide an alien embryo had been implanted inside Ripley; once born the Alien creature would spawn other beasts, and eventually destroy everything in their path. Ellen made the ultimate sacrifice to ensure that did not happen.

United States Military General Martin Perez (Dan Hedaya) believes that the Aliens are possibly the ultimate weapon, and that with more study their powers can be harnessed for defensive purposes. To accomplish this task blood samples were taken from Ellen, and government scientists discovered a way to clone her; once cloned, the queen embryo inside Ripley was removed to breed more Aliens.

Then, in a scenario reminiscent of The Fly, the cloning process inadvertently merged Ellen's DNA with the Queen Alien's. As a result her clone possesses extraordinary strength and agility, in addition to acidic blood that can melt through almost any surface. She also understands the Aliens' psychology and feels their emotions. With time, the new Ripley even begins to regain her memory and original identity.

By Perez's orders a group of mercenaries from another ship kidnap a number of humans still sleeping in their cryogenic chambers. Once in the General's possession he breeds them with the Aliens in a confined area. He underestimates their collective power though, and they easily escape containment and begin indiscriminately slaying crewmembers. Ripley is left untouched however, since the creatures view her as one of their own.

A greater problem still lurks ahead. The General's ship, the Auriga, automatically enters autopilot in case of an emergency and returns to its home base: Earth. If the Auriga successfully lands on the planet the Aliens aboard will begin using men, woman, and children as hosts for reproduction. That, in turn, will result in the end of human civilization. Somehow Ripley must try to rescue humanity once again, but the odds could be against her this time.

Alien: Resurrection earned $161 in ticket sales worldwide, recovering its $70 million budget by more than double. The continued success of the franchise led to a fifth, sixth, and seventh release in the series: 2004's Alien vs. Predator, 2007's Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem, and 2010's Predators.

Year: 1997

Duration: 109 minutes

Genre: Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

Starring:

Sigourney Weaver

Winona Ryder

Dominique Pinon

Ron Perlman

Gary Dourdan

Michael Wincott

Kim Flowers

Dan Hedaya

Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet

Rating: Rated R for violence, gore, and explicit language.