Mar 2012 11

I hated this the first time I watched it, I wanted more guns more aliens and all out war.  So when David Fincher delivered no guns only a couple of aliens and a very confined environment I was upset.  I remember reading Empire and hearing that the production was in trouble and that some young music video director had been given the helm, also rumours that Sigourney Weaver had used her star power and insisted on no guns.  No guns was she mad?

My opinion changed after I left the film alone for a year or so and gave it a second chance.  On second viewing the I began to appreciate that this film is closer to the original Alien in that there are no guns and it is in a confined space and you don’t know who to trust.  Fincher introduced some nice set pieces and his POV work with the Aliens in the tunnels was great.  He has said since that is was a nightmare project and that what you see on screen is not his vision, but I don’t think he has anything to be ashamed about.  I think we have something to be ashamed about though as we all slammed the film not because it was bad but that it was not the film we were all hoping for.   Give it another go and judge it on its own merits.

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