Alien is directed by Ridley Scott and it starts Tom Skerritt, Sigourney Weaver and John Hurt, it came out in 1979 and it is one of the most iconic classic Sci-Fi thriller movies that defined the genre for decades, it was ranked as the seventh-best film in the science fiction genre by the American Film Institute, and as the 33rd greatest film of all time by Empire magazine, so you know what this review is going to be about from the get go.
The film opens in a space craft currently on their way back to earth when a transmission on a nearby planet made the ship automatically change its course and head there and the crew members go down to investigate the planet below and many things happen from there.
Lets talk a little bit about the direction of the film, what makes Alien such an iconic movie it is how the movie introduces the Xenomorph and the series protagonist Ellen Ripley, one of the things I really enjoy about this movie is how straight forward it plays it, it won’t give you any unnecessary subplots as an attempt to add some kind of depth to its characters or to the Alien lore in general, Alien has a very rich and deep background story which I am sure it very developed when they worked on the first film so they didn’t get much into it yet they let the audience use their imagination for it, instead of all that the movie mixes Sci-Fi elements with Horror and thriller to make one hell of a creepy claustrophobic experience that will surely leave you breathless during it is one and half hour run.
One of the main attractions of the movie is its set designs, for its time they represented what people generally thought of a spaceship, they are masterfully constructed and designed and you really feel the crew’s isolation and the weight of the space travel on them and it is what draws the viewers in and captivates them with it is suspenseful and creepy atmosphere which builds up to the 2nd act with the mystery of the creature and the 3rd act which is basically a blood bath, all very carefully crafted and beautifully executed.
Verdict : Cinema owes Alien a huge debt, it pioneered Sci-fi movies in a way no other film did before it and rarely was done as well ever since, Ridley Scott created a masterpiece that aged so well and it is very enjoyable 36 years after its launch.