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Alien (1979)

by EHL Movie Reviews

Run Time: 1 hour 57 min
Release Date: June 22 1979
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi
Director: Ridley Scott
Cast: Sigorney Weaver, John Hurt, Tom Skerritt

Plot Summary

After a space merchant vessel perceives an unknown transmission as a distress call, it’s landing on the source moon finds one of the crew attacked by a mysterious life form, and they soon realise that its life cycle has merely begun.

It is amazing to think that this film was released 40 years ago now, a film that everyone has heard of and a film that has become an icon in cinema. With the franchise still going today, this was the beginning of a story which has provided us with great entertainment through the years, some good and some bad films.

Even after 40 years this film still holds its own, the way in which this film is made causes uneasiness throughout. Ridley Scott uses the visuals and sounds throughout this film to create this feeling, from the beginning you know something isn’t quite right. Such simple techniques but they are used in an expert way to get the tension flowing throughout.

The cast does a fantastic job in making this tension show, they are battling this unknown entity, a now-iconic creature in the cinematic universe. Even today this alien still holds up on the cinematic screen. It is easy to see how these characters are feeling and the emotions they are going through to beat this creature. Provided there are some moments that don’t quite stand the test of time, like the John Hurt chest moment, but that is still an iconic movie moment in my view. Another thing as most of the jump scares came from the damn cat.

Forty years on and this film still manages to hold its own, that is a testament to the excellent job Ridley Scott did on this film, using every technique available to him, creating an iconic film within the cinematic world. A memorable film with great characters and a creature that would give anyone nightmares, this holds so much re-watchable value, just what you expect from a great film.