[Quick Summary: After Ripley's spaceship crash lands (with an alien hitchhiker) on a prison planet, she must rally the prisoners to fight the alien.]
Fortunately, Alien and Aliens set up a franchise.
Unfortunately, Alien 3 had a hellish production.
Fortunately, there is a cohesive script.
Unfortunately, it's missing something...
Here's the best I can explain:
- Ripley is alone on a prison planet. [Fish-out-of-water. Good.]
- The prisoners are suspicious of her story. [New environment. Good.]
- Ripley must convince the prisoners to fight. [Aaaaand here's my problem.]
Ripley is a leader who is pushed to the limit, but in previous films, her team has always had her back.
Half the fun of Alien and Aliens is the team spirit.
I liked watching them solve the puzzle together.
But in Alien 3, the prisoners seem hopeless and resigned to their fate. They're scared, but not amped up to fight.
In short, most are not on the same page as Ripley.
She must constantly refocus them on the alien...and it gets less and less fun to watch.
I miss the team spirit, you know?
WHAT I'VE LEARNED: Sometimes fundamentals shouldn't change.
by Walter Hill and David Giler