Alien: Resurrection (1997)

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In 1979, Sigourney Weaver was a relative unknown with only a couple of bit parts to her name when she won the role of Ripley in Alien, a role for which she was paid $33,000.

Weaver emerged as a star and 18 years later she received a co-producer credit and $11m as part of her deal to play Ripley once more in Alien Resurrection.

In this fourth installment in the Alien franchise, scientists on the earth-bound ship Auriga bring to life a cloned Ripley and successfully extract the DNA from her unborn alien child to create the ultimate biological weapon.

Ripley's rebirth leaves her tainted - though enhanced - with alien characteristics while the monsters she battles with grow ever more human.

Director Jean-Pierre Jeunet and writer Joss Whedon set up some complex themes: the growing similarity between Ripley and the alien monsters, cloning, Ripley's memories of her previous life, and her deep-seated mistrust of androids and her fellow humans.

They then opt for a conventional chase-movie, complete with a hazardous underwater journey through flooded corridors.

Jeunet's slick style, with its trademark comic-grotesque touches, is in marked contrast to David Fincher's bleak, uncommercial Alien 3 (1992).

Ripley
Sigourney Weaver
Call
Winona Ryder
Vriess
Dominique Pinon
Johner
Ron Perlman
Christie
Gary Dourdan
Elgyn
Michael Wincott
Hillard
Kim Flowers
General Perez
Dan Hedaya
Doctor Wren
J.E. Freeman
Gediman
Brad Dourif
Distephano
Raymond Cruz
Purvis
Leland Orser

Director
Jean-Pierre Jeunet