David Fincher’s Debut as a Feature Director Revisited

DATELINE: Space Aliens Revisited

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When we heard that Sigourney Weaver has agreed to star in another Alien movie sequel, we remembered the unpopular #3. Of course, those were the days when a TV music video director tried to make the jump to the big screen. He was resoundingly disparaged for stepping up in class.

Now over 20 years later, we realize that the director is none other than David Fincher. His debut with Alien 3 did not teach him anything about directing sequels. He’s going to direct another of those Girl with the Dragon Tattoo movies with Rooney Mara.

But we digress, having just seen Fincher’s brilliant Gone Girl, a remake of Hitchcock’s Vertigo, but we then heard he and Ben Affleck are teaming up to film another Hitch movie, Strangers on a Train.

We wondered why Alien 3 was so despised in its day. In all likelihood it was a downer in the series, killing off nearly everyone in the film. When they announced there were 25 prisoners on the space colony, you knew the death toll would climb to two dozen at least. Actually, it was far worse. You do the math.

Also, the prisoners seem to belong to the Women Haters Club, or are the lates S&M Bondage boys. They like (dare we say it?), or they love each other. There are several such declarations. In the old days of 1992, it probably put audiences off. We found it rather refreshing.

The cast was impressive, even for those days. Charles Dance, king of the British miniseries, had a premium role, as did Charles D. Sutton. How could you ask for anything more?

The slimy alien also seemed to lick Weaver’s cheek in one scene, for a fairly hot love story, if you like that sort of thing.

Alas, the film plot is a mishmash of utter confusion with the climax featuring the supporting cast running around some maze basement of a molten lead factory. We couldn’t tell what they were trying to accomplish, and we suspect no one making the movie could tell you either.