Alien 3 (1992)

alien3Given that the first two films stand up as sci-fi classics in their own right, director David Fincher, in his feature film debut, had a virtually impossible act to follow with this second sequel. He makes a surprisingly good fist of it, developing the maternal themes of first sequel Aliens (1986) and providing an exhilarating final showdown.

Sigourney Weaver returns as Ripley, who this time crash-lands on a prison colony where another lethal alien is let loose. A familiar cast of Brits (Charles Dance, Paul McGann, Brian Glover) provides the alien food and, while it isn’t in the same class as the first two films, it provides a satisfactory entry in the series.

Still, it would have been interesting to see what second-choice director Vincent Ward would have made of it – apparently, he was brought in when Renny Harlin left after script disagreements, but was himself replaced when it emerged that his version of the movie would be set in a monastery and the alien itself wouldn’t be appearing . . .

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Warrant Officer Ripley
Sigourney Weaver
Dillon
Charles S Dutton
Clemens
Charles Dance
Golic
Paul McGann
Superintendent Andrews
Brian Glover
Aaron
Ralph Brown
Morse
Danny Webb
Rains
Christopher John Fields
Junior
Holt McCallany
Bishop II
Lance Henriksen
Murphy
Christopher Fairbank
David
Pete Postlethwaite
William
Clive Mantle
Kevin
Philip Davis

Director
David Fincher