Reviews Short Takes: Jun. 1, 1992

CINEMA

Outcasts of The Universe

ALIEN 3 IS SET IN A MAXIMUM-SECURITY prison at the far, forgotten end of the universe. This dark landscape bespeaks an ambition to rise above sequel status. So does a glum, distancing story, in which Sigourney Weaver's Warrant Officer Ripley, depressed and, yes, alienated, feels pretty much at home in the society of outcasts where her spaceship has accidentally landed. Eventually they join her in the fight against one of the big, nasty creatures she has unknowingly brought with her. But 29-year-old director David Fincher doesn't yet know how to scare us witless, and the script...

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