->''"My mommy always said there were no monsters. No real ones. But there are."''
-->-- '''Ripley 8.'''

''Alien: Resurrection'' (1997) is the fourth film in the ''Franchise/{{Alien}}'' film series. The screenplay was written by Creator/JossWhedon, and was directed by French director Creator/JeanPierreJeunet (''Delicatessen'', ''The City Of Lost Children'') and is his only Hollywood studio-based film to date.

After dying in the [[Movie/Alien3 previous film]], Ripley is cloned back to life some time later on a military research station that is also breeding aliens in unscrupulous illegal experiments, in yet another attempt to turn them into weapons. The sample they used, however, is an infusion of both human and xenomorph DNA, so the Ripley clone that results has remarkable physical abilities, memories of her past life, as well as a dangerous instinctual connection to the aliens.

Shortly after a crew of smugglers arrives on the station with a fresh shipment of unwitting colonists for the military to use as alien parasite hosts, the captive adult aliens break out of their pens and begin to run amok. The new Ripley tries to lead a rag-tag group of survivors against the aliens and out of the station, but then they eventually discover that Ripley is actually not the real payoff to their experiments -- coming across a horrific newborn half-human, half-alien hybrid that they need to prevent at all costs from getting off the the station and reaching Earth.

The plot breaks the traditions of the series by not including the original Ripley nor the Weyland-Yutani company.

This is also the last film of the 'classic' ''Alien'' series to date, as the next films in the series, [[Film/{{Prometheus}} Prometheus]] and [[Film/AlienCovenant Alien: Covenant]], take place before them.


!! This film provides examples of:

* ActionGirl: The Ripley clone. Also Call.
* AdmiringTheAbomination:
** Dr. Gediman admires the Newborn, as well as the normal Aliens.
** Ripley 8 has an odd fascination with the Xenomorphs as well due to being a hybrid clone.
* AIIsACrapshoot: Inverted. [[spoiler: Analee Call]] found religion entirely on her own, and not as the result of any programming. The novelization hints that androids in general have started to evolve [[RobotReligion their own religious system.]] She is also the most sympathetic character out of the entire cast (not that that's saying much).
-->'''Ripley 8:''' I should have known. No human being is that ''humane.''
* AlasPoorVillain: For all the murderous havoc the Newborn and its entire race caused for Ripley, she's visibly sorrowful about having to kill it (and in an indirectly torturous manner at that).
* AllThereInTheManual: The novelization explains that the reason why it took so long for Purvis' chestburster to emerge was because he suffered from thyroid deficiency, which slowed down the chestburster's development.
* AluminumChristmasTrees: The over the shoulder blind from the half court shot? Yeah, thatís all Weaver. She got it on her sixth try. And the reason for the cut to another camera angle the instant the ball drops through the basket? Creator/RonPerlman almost ruined a perfect take with [[{{Corpsing}} an incredulous reaction]] to Weaver actually making the shot.
* AndThenJohnWasAZombie: Due to genetic mixing Ripley 8 has inherited a lot of Alien characteristics, and sympathizes with them to a certain extent. This version of Ripley is technically a different character, but the irony has to be appreciated of Ripley becoming so much like the Aliens after she fought them for so long. When she's being brought to the Queen by one of the Aliens after she's captured, she actually hugs the thing ''as if she's finally come home.''
* ApeShallNeverKillApe:
** Several Aliens tear apart another to acidically burn though the ship. However, it apparently did this ''voluntarily'', sacrificing itself to allow the others to escape. Even if it wasn't, it wasn't petty "murder" but a necessary step to allow their race to survive. That, and these particular aliens had been splices with human DNA, so they weren't like normal Xenomorphs...
** Call also brings this up after Ripley 8, who is also a hybrid (since she was the host that the new Xenomorphs were cloned from), shoots a Xenomorph, asking her why she would basically kill one of "her own kind". Ripley just shrugs it off with a dismissive "It was in my way".
** Whether it's more human or alien, the Newborn at the end viciously averts this. It's first act after being born is ''matricide''. Its second act is to crush a human soldier's head. The only person it doesn't try to hurt is Ripley.
* ArtisticLicenseBiology: Dr. Gediman bizarrely declares that the human reproductive system conferred on the Alien Queen thanks to the experiments has -- somehow -- made the creature ''better,'' when in fact, it appears to drastically reduce the effectiveness of the Xenomorphs; Instead of producing batches of eggs and developing larger numbers of drones, she instead produces one child at a time in a prolonged and clearly painful parallel to human pregnancy; The only discernible advantage is that it now skips the infestation stage that requires other lifeforms. Then again, this may be justified since Gediman is pretty obviously insane.
* BigNo: Vriess when [[spoiler: Wren shoots and presumably kills Call.]]
* BodyHorror: Ripley's cloning process went wrong many times before, creating diseased and barely functioning human-alien hybrids. The opening title sequence shows some of them in extreme closeup.
* BornAsAnAdult: The genetic scientists age the Ripley clones up to adulthood in order to extract the Queen Xenomorph buried inside of her. At least, the ones that weren't [[BodyHorror too horribly mutated by the mix-up of DNA]]. Also, her level of knowledge is HandWaved by her having inherited some of the aliens' GeneticMemory. She can remember some things about her past, but not everything.
* CameBackWrong: Ripley. Several times, as it turns out. The first were horrible hybrids that either died or [[MercyKill wished they would]]. Ripley 8 retains the memories of her original self, but traces of the Alien DNA have changed her personality considerably.
* CloningBlues: Following her death by dive into molten metal in the previous film, the military recovered a sample of her blood and attempted to clone her. The main character is Ripley 8, the first successful clone. The first seven, on the other hand, had some mishaps. As she was host to an alien parasite at the time, the conflicting genetic material resulted in numerous failed amalgams until they finally managed to iron out the process and recreate both mostly intact. Even so, Ripley 8 and the Queen still have a bit of shared genetics, resulting in acid blood for the former and increased intelligence for the latter and her spawn, not to mention a womb for non-parasitic birthing.
* {{Corpsing}}: Vriess's line was originally "Who were you expecting? The Easter Bunny?" but it kept setting everyone off in hysterical laughter (due to the actor saying "''Eastern'' Bunny").
* CreatorThumbprint: Joss Whedon will revisit certain character types and ideas again in ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' and ''Film/{{Serenity}}''. Once you realize Ron Perlman's character is basically Jayne the rest falls into place.
* CreepySouvenir: Ripley [[TongueTrauma pulls out an alien's head-bursting tongue]] and gives it to Call as a souvenir, who is disgusted.
* EarthThatWas: Any mention of Earth brings looks of disgust, the same way people would react to a cockroach-infested bathroom.
* ExplosiveDecompression: Ripley uses this to kill [[spoiler:the Newborn]] at the end, when it is [[ThrownOutTheAirlock blown into space]] through a hole in the ship. A tiny hole. (Originally introduced in Dan O'Bannon's spec screenplay, ''Star Beast''.)
* {{Expy}}: The Newborn's face bears a suspicious resemblance to Eddie, Music/IronMaiden's mascot.
* FaceFullOfAlienWingWong: Wouldn't be an Alien movie without this trope showing up somewhere. Although averted in Ripley 8's case; a facehugger latches on, but thanks to her heightened abilities, she is able to pry it off before it can have any effect.
* FailsafeFailure: The ''Auriga'' is programmed to automatically return to Earth in case something goes wrong. Unfortunately, the ''Auriga'' is the site of an alien breeding and testing facility, which is the absolute '''last''' thing you want near an inhabited planet.
* FateWorseThanDeath: The group discovers a [[CameBackWrong deformed]] Ripley clone lying helplessly on a table, and she begs the more successfully-cloned Ripley to destroy her.
* FoldSpindleMutilation: The fate of [[spoiler: the newborn human/alien hybrid]], who's sucked through a hole in the bulkhead.
* GaiasLament: Johner refers to Earth as a 'shithole.' He comments dryly that he'd rather face the 'things'. The Special Edition's ending shows Paris to be a wasteland.
* GeneticMemory: The Xenomorphs have this as a species. Ripley 8's genetic memory was somehow the result of the cloning process mingling her physiology with some of the traits of the Xenomorph queen her predecessor had died carrying.
* GoryDiscretionShot: The blood hitting the escape pod window.
* HalfHumanHybrid: The Aliens normally adopt some of their host's genetic structure, an ability intended to allow them to better adapt to their environments. The Aliens in this film however were merged with Ripley's human DNA to an even greater extent. The drones look fairly normal, but Ripley 8 has slightly acidic blood and predatory instincts, the Queen Alien develops a quasi-mammalian reproductive system, and the Newborn is a clear mix between Alien and human physiology. Ripley's other clones are also less successful hybrids.
* HasTwoThumbsAnd: The smitten, wheelchair-bound mechanic tells this joke to the new girl mechanic, Call.
--> '''Vriess''': What's got two thumbs, one eyes, and screws like a god?
--> '''Call''': (gives him a humored look) What?
--> '''Vriess''': (closes one eye and points to himself)
--> '''Call''': (chuckles before pressing the button sending him back under the machine)
* HeroicSacrifice: Christie - rather than both him and Vriess die, he lets himself go.
* HowTheMightyHaveFallen:
--> '''Ripley 8:''' Everyone in the fucking Company will die.\\
'''Gediman:''' Company?\\
'''Wren:''' Weyland Yutani. Ripley's former employers. Bought out by [[EpicFail Walmart.]]
* ImpaledPalm: When Call tries to kill Ripley.
* InterspeciesRomance: Very disturbingly [[{{Subtext}} implied]] between Ripley and one of the Aliens, in a sequence late in the film which is shot as if it were a love scene. The studio wanted to cut the scene because of the implications, but Weaver demanded it be kept in the film.
* ItCanThink: Perhaps thanks to Ripley's DNA, these Aliens are far smarter than they were in previous films.
** The Xenomorphs stopped trying to kill the guy behind the window when he raises his hand above the button that repeatedly sprays liquid nitrogen on them every time they threw a fit. After their escape, a soldier steps into the cage and looks at the hole before being frozen to death ''by the aliens themselves''.
*** The novelization reveals that the Xenomorph that got sprayed with liquid nitrogen can ''read the English warning signs next to the button''.
** Some of the Xenomorphs realize they can use their acidic blood to escape, and thus brutally kill one of their own so its bloody corpse will eat through the floor.
** In the novelization, Elgyn spots an abandoned weapon in a side corridor and picks it up. Then he sees another one and fetches that one too. Then he sees a ''third'' one next to an acid-burned hole in the floor, goes to fetch it - and remembers that as a kid, [[OhCrap he used to trap squirrels by making a similar trail out of nuts to lead the animal into the trap]]. About a second before a Xenomorph reaches out of the hole and yanks him in.
** The Aliens allow the humans to travel through the water to the other side, because it will lead them right to a nest of eggs that they had created previously. Johner even lampshades the fact that it is a deliberate trap.
** The facehuggers can recognise a grenade and start to retreat when Christie fires a few at them.
* HypocrisyNod: [[spoiler: Call, a robot]] not wanting Ripley to help the team, because she's not human.
* ItIsDehumanizing: General Perez and the doctors are discussing the development of the Ripley 8 clone, referring to her as "it".
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Johner is probably the most jerkass of the mercenary crew. Still, he improves over the course of the movie, and he's visibly angry every time [[DwindlingParty another member of their team dies.]]
* JerkWithAHeartOfJerk: Dr. Wren seems that at first he might just be your standard PunchClockVillain, and maybe even ready to admit that breeding the Aliens is a bad idea. Then he shoots Call at the very earliest opportunity, betrays the entire group, and intends to get the Auriga back to Earth intact.
* KarmicDeath: Dr. Wren subjected at least eight people to be victims to the facehuggers and have an alien embryo burst out of their chests. He dies by having a chestburster break its way through his own skull.
* KillItWithFire: Ripley gets a flamethrower again, which she turns on her failed clones.
* KillItWithIce: Liquid nitrogen is tried against the aliens, but it's not so effective, as it was intended as a disciplinary tool rather than a weapon. As a training tool, it works. [[spoiler:For stopping an escape, not so much.]]
* LampshadedDoubleEntendre: Ripley asks which of the men she'll have to fuck to get off the ship.
-->'''Johner:''' I can get you off. Maybe not the ship...
* LargeHam: Dan Hedaya as General Perez, particularly during his introduction and [[spoiler:death scene.]]
* [[HomoeroticSubtext Lesbian Subtext]]: Between Ripley and Call. WordOfGod says it was intentional. Given [[Creator/JossWhedon the scriptwriter]], [[AuthorAppeal that's not exactly surprising]].
* MadeOfPlasticine: [[spoiler:The Newborn]] when it is sucked out of the airlock through a dime-sized hole, even though when we first see it, it was tough enough to rip off a Queen's head with one swipe of its hand.
* {{Matricide}}: Played with. The Newborn, immediately after being born, inspects the Queen Alien and kills her. However, he then thinks of Ripley as his real mother, and acts affectionately towards her.
* MercyKill:
** Call offers this to Ripley while Ripley's still a prisoner, but Ripley is at best apathetic about having been cloned and refuses.
** Ripley 7, the only living but horribly deformed failed clone, requests this from Ripley 8. Ripley delivers.
* MsFanservice: Hillard, who spends most of her screentime in a skintight jumpsuit that accentuates her form. There's even an entire scene devoted solely to her moaning in pleasure while wearing a thong as Elgyn massages her feet [[MaleGaze and looks on in satisfaction]].
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: Purvis delivers one to Wren before killing him with his chestburster.
* NonhumansLackAttributes: Almost averted. The Newborn Alien was supposed to have visible genitals, but the studio interfered, and the idea was scrapped.
* OffingTheOffspring: [[spoiler:Ripley considers the Newborn, a murderous abomination, her "son", as well as the other Aliens ("I'm the monster's mother"). She ends up killing both of them.]]
* OhCrap: Gediman and his assistant have a serious one of these when they realise that two extremely dangerous Alien creatures are now loose on board the ship.
** Johner has himself one about halfway through the film. While swimming through a flooded section of the ship, he casually checks behind him, only to spin around when he realises there are Aliens behind him. As expected, he shits himself.
* OutgrownSuchSillySuperstitions: Averted. The space station has its own chapel, and the android character crosses itself before entering the chapel.
* PeopleJars: [[spoiler:Various Ripley clones, in jars. Since the Ripleys in question are the least successful of a batch of [[HalfHumanHybrid alien hybrids]], this is stretching the definition of "people" quite a bit.]]
* PlaceWorseThanDeath: Johner half-seriously says that he'd rather face the Aliens than go to Earth.
* RidiculouslyHumanRobots: [[spoiler: Call is revealed to be one.]] So much so that Ripley says, "No human being is that humane."
* RobotGirl: [[spoiler: Annalee Call]]. It is interesting [[HumansAreBastards how fast]] other characters forget that they used to think about her as a human when they find out.
-->'''Johner:''' Can't believe I nearly fucked that thing.\\
'''Vries:''' Yeah, like you've never fucked a robot!
* RoboticReveal: [[spoiler:Call is revealed to be an android.]]
* SapientShip: "[[ContinuityNod Father]]", the Auriga's ship computer.
* ScaramangaSpecial: The film features a number of hidden weapons, including a shotgun assembled from components concealed as parts of high-tech wheelchair. There's also a gun concealed as a thermos.
* SheepInWolfsClothing: Ripley 8. She's able to kill Xenomorphs easily due to being a HalfHumanHybrid. There is also an infectee who puts his alien embryo to a good use by hugging a villain and letting the embryo tear through both of them.
* SkullForAHead: The hybrid alien has what can only be described as a skull face.
* SnowyScreenOfDeath: Happens repeatedly in one scene as the Space Marines get picked off one by one.
* SoleSurvivor: Newt in the ''Newt's Tale'' comic series
* SociopathicHero: This Ripley is extremely cynical and callous, due to partially merging with the Aliens. A doctor theorizes that she has some form of emotional autism. Some examples of her sociopathy are trying to strangle Dr. Wren on a whim, breaking another doctor's arm immediately after she wakes up (in a deleted scene), and looking at another character getting dragged off by the Aliens with curious fascination. The only time she shows any real emotion is when she finds her other clones and incinerates them, and when her "son" (the Newborn) dies.
* SpaceDoesNotWorkThatWay: [[spoiler:The Newborn]] gets its entire body sucked through a dime-sized hole in the airlock window. If you were naked and subjected to the same conditions, you should be able to walk away in spite of the suction[[note]]unless the pressure level inside the spaceship ''greatly'' exceeds earth's mean atmospheric pressure ("greatly" as in "many times the pressure" -- which of course would be utterly stupid, as it would add a whole lot of unnecessary stress to the ship's hull)[[/note]].
* SparedByTheAdaptation: In the video game, the space station burns up in the atmosphere instead of actually slamming into the planet with a blast radius large enough to certainly be an extinction-level event.
* SpiritualSuccessor: ''{{Series/Firefly}}'', as pointed out by Michael Marano in the essay ''River Tam and the Weaponized Women of the Whedonverse''. That work and ''Resurrection'' share many character archetypes and plot elements (notably the "Weaponized Woman", in the form of Clone!Ripley and River Tam.) It's evident that Joss Whedon had his work on this film in the back of his mind while he was working on ''Firefly''.
* StockSubtitle: "Resurrection" is notoriously overused in the film industry as a sequel subtitle.
* SuperNotDrowningSkills: The characters hold their breaths for about ten minutes in the underwater scene. It's especially silly in Christie's case, since he's carrying someone else on his back as well. Justified for [[spoiler:Call, since she's an android]], and possibly Ripley, depending on how much her physiology was altered by mixing with the Aliens' DNA (who do just fine underwater). One does actually drown, but only because an Alien grabbed her and dragged her back until she died.
* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill:
** Johner gets startled when his face almost touches a spider web. He angrily holds his sidearm up to the spider and fires.
** The group plans to blow up the ship. [[spoiler: That plan fails, so they crash it on Earth.]]
* ThrownOutTheAirlock: [[spoiler: The Newborn is disposed off by ejecting it into space. Because the hull puncture is so tiny, it is slowly ripped apart and sucked out.]]
* TooDumbToLive: Dr. Gediman becomes increasingly fascinated with the aliens, to the point that he feels they will identify with him. When the Newborn approaches him after identifying more closely with Ripley 8 than the Queen, he seems to genuinely believe it might even think of him as its daddy.
* UnitedSpaceOfAmerica: The "United Systems" has a very American flavor and is implied to have evolved from the USA, with the United Systems Military descended of the US Colonial Marines.
* WindowLove: Dr. Gediman shows a creepy fascination with the Aliens when he gives a window kiss to one of them which is standing behind a transparent containment wall.
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds:
** A handful of people consider the Newborn Alien to be this. In any case, it's a bit hard to watch it die.
** Like Ripley, the Alien Queen is a mutant, bred in captivity as a lab rat, her children taken from her and kept in cages, her body mutates further causing her to give birth to the Newborn, which kills her while she's trying to bond with it.
* WorldOfSnark: This film was written by Creator/JossWhedon. As a result virtually every character in the movie is a DeadpanSnarker.
* ZerothLawRebellion: [[spoiler: Annalee Call]] is revealed to be an "Auton" -- second generation robots, designed and built by other robots. "They didn't like being told what to do," rebelled, and in a subtly named "Recall" humanity launched a genocide against them, of which only a handful survived in hiding. Judging from [[spoiler: Call's]] behavior, it seems that the 1st generation robots programmed the 2nd generation Autons to be so moral that they discovered the Zeroth Law, and realized that the human military was ordering them to do immoral things, like kill innocent people. For a rebel robot, [[spoiler: Call]] is actually trying to save the human race ''from'' the Xenomorphs, when if she hated humanity she'd just let the Xenomorphs spread and kill them. She even respectfully crosses herself when she enters the ship's chapel, is kind to the Betty's wheelchair bound mechanic, and is disgusted by Johner's sadistic streak. Given that they live in a CrapsackWorld future, as Ripley puts it: "You're a robot? I should have known. No human being is that ''humane.''"
->'''Annalee Call:''' [about Earth] It's beautiful.\\
'''Ripley:''' Yeah.\\
'''Annalee Call:''' I didn't expect it to be. What happens now?\\
'''Ripley:''' I don't know. I'm a stranger here myself.