As far as the plot is concerned, it is quite predictable but so very entertaining that the viewer is glued to their seat. As reviewer Derek Malcolm says, "If you want cinematic kicks, Ridley Scott's massively successful Alien will give you them in profusion"- Malcolm,Derek.(2009). The Guardian.Derek Malcolm's Alien review from 1979
|Fig 1: Alien Movie Poster|
|Fig 2: Interior of the ship that looks like Serenity|
The film slowly progresses with every other member of the crew getting killed by the alien.
The crew consult a 'mother' on the ship to assist them with their alien situation. Getting no answers from a computer who has absolutely no clue as to what is to be done with an alien life form, they are left to defend themselves.
|Fig 3: Head of Ash|
She destroys the alien by escaping in a shuttle craft and detonating the mother ship. However, the alien has followed her in the shuttle and she cleverly suffocates it by adorning a space suit and feeding it poisonous gas.
|Fig 4: Ripley in the space suit|
One thing interesting about this film as that the audience never actually gets to see the alien as a whole. There is the mystery element present where the viewer is forced to imagine the rest of the alien at all times. Much like Roger Ebert says "Alien" uses a tricky device to keep the alien fresh throughout the movie: It evolves the nature and appearance of the creature, so we never know quite what it looks like or what it can do."- Ebert,Roger.(2003).RogerEbert.com.Alien (1979).
|Fig 5: Depths of the ship|
The alien space ship has concept art with a lot of detail that puts the audience in mind of the Jellyfish ship in J.J. Abrams Star Trek 2009.
Alien is a predictable film to some degree but does not fail to hold the viewer's attention in the course of the film.
Bibliography and Illustration List
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