I still remember an ad for “Alien” that told us: “In space, no one can hear you scream.” Yes, it was 1979 when we first met the creature that attached itself to someone and, later, burst out of their body to kill the crew of a space ship. And it was quite a crew/cast: Tom Skerritt, Harry Dean Stanton, Yaphet Kotto, Ian Holm, John Hurt, Veronica Cartwright, and the lone survivor, Sigourney Weaver (see below). She has had quite a career, in more “Alien” films, plus other fine performances. But, as you remember, the story came down to the creature versus Sigourney –a female hero!! In years previous, it would have been John Wayne versus the monster. Ms. Weaver showed us another hero is possible.
Do you remember how the film closed? Ripley: “Final report of the commercial starship Nostromo, third officer reporting. The other members of the crew –Kane, Lambert, Parker, Brett, Ash, and Captain Dallas –are dead. Cargo and ship destroyed. I should reach the frontier in about six weeks. With a little luck, the network will pick me up. This is Ripley, the last survivor of the Nostromo, signing off.” That’s how victory sounded.
And, 35 years later, another woman, Emily Blunt (see below) taught Tom Cruise how to defeat aliens who invaded Earth in the film “Edge of Tomorrow.” And when Tom hesitated to continue using step 2 of the 3 step process that could bring victory (ie, “Live, Die, Repeat”), Ms. Blunt helped him with a single round. Somewhere, Ms. Weaver was smiling. Watch both films when and where you can.