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(Review originally written at 26 June 2004)

Every now and then a daring combination has a good and unique movie as a result. "Alien" is one of those movies, along with it's sequel "Aliens" that mixes science-fiction, horror and action.

The best thing about the movie is its atmosphere which makes it notable that Ridley Scott is the one that directed this movie. His style might be a bit slow for some but it makes the atmosphere very chilling and mysterious. It's the most atmospheric horror movie ever made also thanks to the chilling musical score by Jerry Goldsmith, good camera work and lighting

The most surprising thing about the movie is the character Ripley played by Sigourney Weaver. She begins as a small character but later in the movie she turns into the main (heroin) character. She really is one of the best female characters in movie history and is even better in "Aliens".

The movie is filled with some unforgettable scene's (the dinner scene is a classic) and some scene's that will bring you to the edge of your seat even though some of the horror is at times predictable (splitting up is always asking to get yourself killed).

The acting is top class, thanks to the directing and some good dialogue. Tom Skerritt, Sigourney Weaver, Veronica Cartwright, Harry Dean Stanton, John Hurt, Ian Holm and Yaphet Kotto are all unforgettable.

A must see classic science-fiction/horror movie.

10/10

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About Frank Veenstra

Watches movies...writes about them...and that's it for now.
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