Director: Ridley Scott
Alien is an absolute classic, one of Ridley Scott’s best films, and incredibly difficult to review for this site. First, the film is about an alien life form killing a human crew on a space ship out in space. Second, the film never gets to Earth. Third, the current state of the Earth is never really mentioned. Despite the nasty nature and actions of the Weyland-Yutani Corporation, the root cause of the dominant theme of terror in the film is, to state the obvious, alien.
Having said all that, the series of films eventually broadens in scope to offer an understanding of the sad state the Earth has been left in. The set designs, both on the Nostromo and on the alien ship, are so impressive that they don’t seem dated 30 years later (except for the computers, but there’s very little that can be done about that). Between Ridley Scott’s visionary style, and H.R. Giger’s amazing designs that blend the biological and the mechanical in such a twisted, macabre sort of way, the look of Alien is just classic.
Alien is definitely worth watching, even if it’s not necessarily that dystopian.
Review Date: 2011-01-03
IMDB Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0078748/