Director: Ridley Scott
Writer: Dan O’Bannon
Starring: Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt and John Hurt
This film begins giving us the background of the story. We are following a spaceship, the Nostromo, that is coming back from a salvage mission. They are moving past a planet where a beacon is going off. The crew are awoken early and told by their company to check it out. They are not sure if it is an S.O.S. or not.
The captain is Tom Skerritt, his second in command is played by Sigourney Weaver. They try to land on the desolate planet, but when they do their hull is punctured by jagged rocks. Harry Dean Stanton and Yaphet Kotto are commanded to fix it while Skerritt leads a team of John Hurt and Veronica Cartwright to check out the beacon. Weaver will monitor from the ship.
The planet is desolate and hard to see. Hurt moves deeper into the spaceship where he finds a dead alien. Its chest has been ripped open from the inside. They can tell as the ribs are broken outward. From here he finds some eggs. There is movement inside one of them. Something emerges and attacks him.
Skerritt and Cartwright bring him back to the ship and demand to be let in to get Hurt to the infirmary. She reminds them of their protocol about decontamination, but she is under-minded by Ian Holm, a science officer.
Hurt’s spacesuit is removed and they find that he has something attached to his face. They cannot remove it, because if they try it tightens its grip around his neck. The thing has blood that is acid and it feeds nutrients to Hurt, keeping him alive in a coma. They try to figure out something to do to save him, but before they can the thing dies and he wakes, starving.
At the meal, everything seems back to normal and everyone is having fun until we learn what happened to the alien that was flying the spaceship. Hurt meets the same demise as an alien escapes from inside him through his chest.
The crew must find the alien before it is too late. It grows to full size quickly and is an efficient killer.
What is this directive that Skerritt and no one can access. What is up with Holm and what does he know about their mission? Can they eliminate this killing machine before it kills them all off?
This is an excellent sci-fi/horror film. The film brings in a lot of elements and it works very well. You have the monster flick aspect with the terrifying alien that we are just given glimpses of, never seeing it for too long. You have the claustrophobic feel the spaceship with its tight quarters and nowhere to run, which heightens as the alien begins to kill off the crew.
The story is well written, the pacing is great and the acting to go along with it makes this a great film. Weaver is great as the strong heroine, paving the way for other actresses. Skerritt does well as the captain who ignores the nonsense around him. The rest of the cast does well in their supporting roles as well.
I would highly recommend this one if you like horror, sci-fi, any of the actors or actresses since they all have solid performances. This one is definitely worth a view for all of these elements.
My Rating: 9 out of 10