Movie Review – Alien (1979)
The crew of the commercial ship the Nostromo is pulled out of deep sleep and its return voyage home to earth, to investigate a sign of life on a nearby planet. However, as they begin to investigate, they realize the sign of alien life is something that is truly disturbing and dangerous.
This is truly a fantastic, classic movie. This sci-fi horror film displays how to create suspense, tension, and terror without the need to resort to flashy effects that so many films do today.
The characters in this film are intense and diverse, playing off each other nicely, and demonstrating a variety of reactions and opinions that humanizes the story. There was a fair amount of dialogue between characters in the first section of the movie, and then of course the tension and suspense and horror takes over for the remainder of the film, as we learn more about the alien and we see the tension begin to take its toll on the characters in different ways.
Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, Ian Holm, John Hurt, and Veronica Cartwright are fabulous in their roles, providing breakout performances.
The visual imagery and direction by Ridley Scott are flawless, and we are treated to some wonderful scenes in space, on the vessel Nostromo, and on the alien planet.
Finally, the alien is truly disturbing and frightening, with some great imagination and forethought into its design. This proves once again that effects are not required to make a frightening, suspenseful, thrilling movie experience.
Overall, this film is a fantastic science fiction / horror mix, and is the baseline by which future films have been based upon.
Overall: 5 stars out of 5 stars.