Alien3 was well done, and did ratchet up the suspense well...but the problem for me with it, especially the first viewing, was that it was SO dire...
-first they kill off two of the three good guys without a fight before the intro credits finish, and not a "stand up fight" either
-then we have a distraught Ripley who's on the verge of suicide as it is, and who then seemingly doesn't care for her own life...so why should the audience?
-we are surrounded by horrible inmates for whom a visit with the alien is maybe a good thing for everyone involved
-we effectively have no one to root for in surviving the visit from ceiling-dog-ET
-Ripley commits suicide at the end...leaving me to wonder why the chestburster took so long to gestate when it normally pops out within hours
-one lone criminal survives...oh great, just what I always wanted!
All that said, upon newer viewings with the directors cut and the backstory of how the movie came about, I appreciated it more. But the simple fact is, I don't have any empathy for criminals to survive the encounter, after they try to gangrape Ripley...and so in that respect, the movie fails to draw me fully into the perspective of the need for survival.
This same problem afflicts half the victims of Predator2, and pretty much all the victims of Predators.
By contrast, the crew of Alien were just normal people who really could make good from having extra life, same with Aliens, and even the members of AVP and AVP-Requiem...well ok, some of the teens might be too dim to amount to much, but they still didn't deserve to be eaten alive! Now...the total idiot maroon who decided to exit the Striker's 60mph steel box with guns...and instead walk through a creepy hospital filled with nasties...he deserved to be chest-burst!
And then prometheus...well, none of them is truly evil except perhaps the albino-dino and the gay robot who spikes your drink...but damn some of them were just SO STUPID that I was glad they weren't going to have children and pass on teh stupids!
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