Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
I’ve long been an apologist for Alien 3 as a movie. Yup it’s flaw and yup it had serious production issues but in truth I watched Fincher’s red headed step child as much as I ever did Alien (if not more). The Assembly Cut however, a faux directors cut that pieces together a vision as close to Fincher’s as you will ever get, is a very different beast. Longer, more detailed and at times slower (in a good way), this version makes some major changes – not least origin or the Alien and cutting that horrible ‘Ripley grabs Alien as it bursts out moment’ – that make sense of the story far more. It’s still flawed for sure (the CGI is still dated) but it’s a film that feels real and, in this extended cut, that stands aside as a very different beast to Alien and Aliens. In short: Alien 3: The Assembly Cut deserves to be rewatched by the haters.
Best Bit: The longer opening
Buy, Stream, Avoid: Buy
If You Liked this Try: Alien, Aliens, Alien: Resurrection