319. Alien (1979)

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8.6 Exhilarating
  • Acting 8.6
  • Directing 8.6
  • Story 8.7
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Starring: Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, John Hurt

Director: Ridley Scott

Running Time: 117 mins


Alien is an American film about the crew of a space mining ship, who find themselves on a distant planet, where one member encounters a strange creature. In their hasty attempts to get away from the planet, the creature hangs on, and sets about killing everyone on board.

It was fascinating to see a film where the whole sci-fi thing was taken much more seriously. Not that that was more fun, as this was actually an extremely sinister film, and it is the thing that has made space travel seem very off-putting, however I felt that the more serious nature made it much more exciting and incredibly tense.

This film was very slow-starting, I have to admit, with very little happening at all for the first 25 minutes, however once the story properly kicked off, with some deaths and action, it became really exciting to watch, and by the end, where crew members were being picked off one by one by this evil alien, it was quite scary and very tense to watch.

The alien in this film also has to be one of the most revolting things I’ve ever seen in a film. It was just absolutely disgusting to look at, however the ‘beauty’ of that idea was that it made it all the more scary, and subsequently the whole thing was much more exciting to watch.

Overall, I’ll give this an 8.6 because it was absolutely fascinating, exciting, tension-filled, original and just all around brilliant to watch.

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