Alien – Throwback Thursday
Intro to… Alien
Ridley Scott once said that he never liked horror films because in the end it is always a man in a rubber suit. So when he decided to make one himself, he put a man in a rubber suit.
The commercial towing vehicle The Nostromo is on its way back to Earth when it picks up a mysterious transmission. Ship protocol kicks in and its crew gets awaked from their cryosleep. Upon closer inspection the signal appears to be coming from a nearby planetoid. Since it may be a distress call, a team sets out to determine its origin.
Should I Watch It?
Alien is the movie that truly put Ridley Scott on the map as a director. It is a horror sci-fi that mostly takes place in the close quarters of a spaceship. This delivers a tension full and claustrophobic effect throughout the entire film.
Among the crew of the Nostromo is Ripley, played by Sigourney Weaver. She seems to be the only clear-headed person on the ship, and is also our protagonist. Ripley is often seen as the original strong female lead character, and for all the right reasons. She is authoritative, intelligent, composed, and decisive. Scott and Weaver showed the world that female characters could become inspiring icons. Ripley is not a sidekick, damsel in distress, or eye candy – she is a full-fledged badass.
But for all Ripley’s awesomeness, there is one thing even more impressive and iconic about Alien and the Alien franchise. The alien in Alien is one of the scariest and most intimidating monsters that has ever appeared on film. It is vicious, cunning, and due to its unique method of reaching adulthood it instantly adapts to hostile environments. The movie makes great use of this, by using many close up shots of its sinister and disgusting appearance. It is quite terrifying. Occasionally a full body shot is shown and while there is no denying that at those moments you are looking at a man in a latex suit, it somehow does not break the illusion of tension and great terror.
Stupidity, especially in horror movies, is often used to progress the plot. And Alien is no exception to this. It does, however, justify nearly all of these decisions, and in a plot furthering method. It is stupidity with a purpose, a rare occurrence outside the comedy genre.
I do have some issues with some of the cat-related choices. I mean, I have a real rascal of a cat myself, but if I were trapped in a spaceship with a bloodcurdling man-eating predator I would not risk my life, or the life of my fellow crewmembers, to save it. Sorry dude, I will mourn you, but you, sir, are a goner.
Alien is a scary and exciting movie. It has an interesting futuristic story and as soon as the alien comes into play a feeling of tension appears that never really leaves you. You should definitely check this one out.
Yes, watch it.
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