Alien

I’m ashamed to admit it has taken me this long to see Alien but in preparation for the upcoming prequel Prometheus, I have decided to watch all four, and in the case of Alien, I must admit it was certainly worth the wait.

This sci-fi thriller follows the crew of seven of the spaceship Nostromo, who on their way back to Earth are obligated to investigate a mysterious message from a nearby, and assumed to be deserted, planet realising too late that the message was a warning rather than a distress call.

A seamless mixture of horror and sci-fi, Alien builds up tension and suspense perfectly and upon its release in 1979, this Ridley Scott classic changed the face of Sci-fi forever. Combined with some amazing sound mixing and chilling score, the eerie atmosphere is heightened; with each step through their darkened spacecraft you’re on the edge of your seat. It also holds up surprisingly well as has not dated as badly as some of the more special-effects heave films of the late 70’s-early 80’s, no doubt due to H.R Geiger’s fascinating gothic production design.

It also goes without saying Sigourney Weaver as one of Sci-fi’s most iconic characters was sublime and deliciously badass in her breakout role, as were the rest of the cast, with an eerily neutral performance by Ian Holm as Ash. Jones the cat must also be given honourable mention; he’s quite the scene stealer as well as a loveable onboard companion for the crew.

I’ll stop there as I don’t want to give else anything away, just in case any of you poor folks out there also haven’t seen it yet. Many of the films more famous scenes may already be known to you however, this was the case with me so I was deprived of the surprise factor of some the iconic scenes though surprisingly this didn’t impair my enjoyment of the film at all. As a newly converted fan myself, when you do get round to seeing it, I can assure you won’t be disappointed.

Verdict:*****

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