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Given 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
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 (of
The Navigator: a Medieval Odyssey
fame) 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.
Ripley is marooned alone on an all-male prison planet, only to face another of the lethal extraterrestrial creatures - which begins to prey on the inmates. While trying to help them survive, she discovers a terrifying connection between herself and the monster. David Fincher's sci-fi thriller sequel, with Sigourney Weaver and Charles Dance.
Cast & Crew
Warrant Officer Ripley
Charles S Dutton
Ralph Brown (2)
Christopher John Fields
20th Century Fox Film Co. Ltd
Edited for violence and language.
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