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Alien is directed by Ridley Scott, and it stars Sigourney Weaver, Ian Holm, John Hurt, and Tom Skerritt. It tells the story of the crew on of the spaceship Nostromo. While on their journey back to Earth, they receive a mysterious transmission that they follow to an unknown planet. It is there that one of the crew is attacked by a strange organism. Soon after departing the planet, they discover the danger has come with them.
Alien is a film that since its release in 1979, has become regarded not only a classic but as one of the best sci-fi films of all time. In order to prepare for the upcoming Alien: Covenant (which looks insane!), I decided to re-watch the film. Not surprisingly, it held up extremely well. This film definitely deserves all of the praise that it gets, and it’s very apparent why it became so popular.
The thing that this film did best was build suspense. The entire film is riding on its ability to keep you on the edge of your seat. If it had failed at that, the movie would’ve been extremely boring. Luckily for us, Alien gives you just enough to understand the danger, but it also holds enough back to make you afraid of it. We don’t actually see the now iconic Alien very much in the film, but that doesn’t detract from it one bit. In fact, if anything, it adds to the film. It makes you feel like you're a member of the crew. You don’t know where the alien is, and that’s what makes it so suspenseful.
This film features a lot of truly stellar scenes on top of an already great film. There are several scenes in this film that have gone on to become some of the most iconic scenes in movie history. Two that come to mind are the one where John Hurt’s character is attacked by the “Facehugger” and the chest-bursting scene that follows soon after. It takes an awful lot for something in a film to become iconic, and Alien does it multiple times, which is a testament to the quality of the film overall.
I do want to talk briefly about one aspect of the film that I don’t see discussed all that much, and that’s the production design. All of the sets and backgrounds in the film are absolutely fantastic and are almost as interesting to look at as the film is to watch. Ridley Scott surely knew that when directing this film, as we get a lot of long shots of the rooms and environments these characters are in. It really helps to build up this universe that they are in and at times even helps influence the tone of a scene.
Alien is a great example of how to make a cohesive film on all fronts. The script is thrilling, and it’s translated to the screen extremely well. Looking at just the script for this film, there are so many things that could’ve gone wrong. The alien could’ve come off as silly, and the tone and pacing could’ve made the film boring, but everything was executed perfectly by Scott and everyone involved.
To put it simply, Alien lives up to the hype. Every moving piece in this film is coordinated and works with all of the other pieces perfectly. Alien manages to build an amazing amount of suspense despite not actually seeing the creature for much of the runtime. Several of the scenes in this film have gone on to become iconic, and it’s not hard to see why. The production design is incredibly intricate, and the film keeps you on the edge of your seat from start to finish. If you haven’t seen Alien yet, you should definitely do that, especially before Covenant hits theaters on May 19th
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