Alien Nation (1988)
Critic Consensus: Alien Nation takes the interesting premise of extraterrestrials living among us and doesn't do enough with it, emphasizing a police procedural plotline over the more intriguing sci-fi elements.
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as Det. Samuel 'George' Francisco
as Det. Sgt. Matthew Sykes
as William Harcourt
as Rudyard Kipling
as Joshua Strader
as Det. Bill Tuggle
as Alien Dealer
as Trent Porter
as Duncan Crois
as Coroner's Attendant
as Coroners Driver
as Computer Operator
as Kristin Sykes
as Mrs. Francisco
as Mrs. Porter
as Victor Goldrup
as Newcomer in Bar
as Police Secretary
as Newcomer #1 on TV
as Boat Captain
as Female Cop
Critic Reviews for Alien Nation
Instead of exploring the differences and strangeness of the aliens, and giving them the kind of interesting particularity that "Blade Runner" did, Alien Nation can't domesticate and demystify its aliens quickly enough.
This plot contains the elements of a good idea, but it does so little with it, and is so cheerfully willing to recycle an absolutely standard story, that the idea is finally just frustrating.
"... a sometimes-brilliant metaphor for the experience of Asian immigrants in the United States."
'Alien Nation' fails to offer the viewer more than a vague entertainment. [Full Review in Spanish]
There are the requisite chase seens, the ingenious murder weapons, the evil propogators of greed andhate. And somehow they don't bury you. In the end, it's the wit and heart of Alien Nation that win you over.
Audience Reviews for Alien Nation
Whereas the premise is intriguing and the cultural differences between the two main characters are amusing for a while, soon the movie decides that it should be more action than sci-fi, imploding in an awful last half-hour full of car chases, stupid twists and ugly TV clichés.
I enjoyed the hell out of this. Check out this premise: In the futuristic world of 1992, Aliens have landed and we've granted them citizenship in our society. When James Cann's partner is killed, he's teamed up with one of these Aliens to help solve the crime. That alien is played by Mandy Patinkin. From there it's a fairly standard buddy cop film, but with some really funny gags. Well worth checking it out.
A great film. A fantastic mixture of science fiction, suspense, comedy and action. A genre-bending classic that you cant help but love. A wonderfully entertaining winner that's just a great buddy-cop movie with lots to offer. A great new twist on a familiar background. A smart, funny and action-packed thrill-ride with solid performances and great special effects. James Caan and Mandy Patinkin are excellent together with their unique and effective chemistry. One of the coolest sci-fi tales of the 80's decade with Terminator and Aliens.
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