Alien: Resurrection

MPAA Rating: R

Entertainment: +3

Content: -3

Ripley is back. Well, kind of. Actually, it's a genetically engineered clone 200 years after her death. She returns as geneticists are busily involved in an experiment to cross breed humans with the ill-natured alien species. Mysteriously, Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) herself finds that she has abilities and instincts that are new to her. At the same time as her awakening, a renegade courier ship has landed at the space station to deliver black-market hypersleeping humans to the secret laboratory. Also, It's not long before Ripley and the ship's crew realize that some captured aliens have escaped their cages and are searching the facility for fresh meat and hosts for their own offspring. It's a thrilling and harrowing race to escape as Ripley and the crew weave their way through the space station to reach the launch vehicle while avoiding the aliens. Fans of the previous "Alien" movies will flock to this fourth installment of the series. Few sequels approach their subject matter with the creativity and freshness with which ALIEN: RESSURECTION does. Unexpected plot twists and innovative special effects will make this one of the more successful "Alien" films.

The geneticists and researchers approach their science with the brutality and heartlessness displayed by the Nazis during World War II. They view their living, breathing subjects as merely "meat by-products." Some of their creations are grotesquely distorted and live in a great deal of pain, yet they keep them alive simply to observe them. Ripley and the crew are repulsed by this abomination and destroy the lab, mostly to relieve the sufferers from their pain. Despite Ripley's fight for truth, justice, and the American way, the dialogue is marred by twenty-three crude words and thirty-eight obscenities. The Lord's name is taken in vain fourteen times. Many severely violent sequences include aliens who attack and mutilate humans. Surprisingly, full frontal female nudity is featured twice as the genetically engineered subjects, including Ripley, are shown in their holding tanks. Unfortunately for sci-fi fans, the violence and nudity ruin this fresh and creative movie.

Preview Reviewer: Jason Shepherd
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The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: Many (23) times - Mild 8, Moderate 15

Obscene Language: Many (38) times - S-word 19, f-word 19

Profanity: Many (14) times - Regular 12 (GD, J/C), Exclamatory 2

Violence: Many times - Moderate to Severe (graphic surgical procedure showing removal of alien from human's chest; man shot in head; knife impaled in woman's hand; point-blank shootings; man freezes and arm breaks off; injured man pulls out part of brain and looks at it; many bloody wounds inflicted by aliens)

Sex: None

Nudity: Several times (genetically engineered woman shown naked in growth tank -- full frontal nudity; same woman shown under translucent cover -- breast nudity; woman in

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Few times (man makes suggestive remarks to woman; man refers to sex as indoor sport)

Drugs: Several times (smoking and drinking)

Other: Genetic cross-breeding between humans and aliens

Running Time: 109 minutes
Intended Audience: Adults

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