Did decent box-office business, yet you'd be hard-pressed to find anyone who actually enjoyed it.Ridley Scott's extraordinary, groundbreaking sci-fi/horror 1979 masterpiece "Alien," which involved an interstellar cargo ship encountering a repulsive acid-for-blood, virtually-indestructible monster that wound up decimating all but one of its crew (that of Sigourney Weaver's steely heroine Ripley), was followed up with James Cameron's fine but mechanical 1986 "Aliens" where Ripley wound up destroying the dastardly alien queen responsible for reproducing the inimical species), which brings us to the David Fincher-directed "Alien 3," and it's a mess. Ugily photographed in monochromatic dark-yellow/brown tones, the movie is far from attractive to look at, and its central setting - that of a prison planet with endlessly dank corridors where Ripley's escape capsule has crash-landed - isn't the least bit geographically or claustrophobically arresting. Due to a lice infiltration Ripley is made to shave her head, and even with this Weaver miraculously manages to cut quite the heroic figure, but that's about all the movie has going for it outside of the charm of the scenes between her and the facility's inmate doctor (appealingly played by the Brit Charles Dance, who's unfortunately killed off way too soon). We couldn't care less about the rest of the prison populace, so we have absolutely no stake in the tumultuous goings-on; and being that the atmosphere fails to take hold and the ultra-fake computer-generated effects of the alien come off as appallingly fake (that master Carlo Rambald's non-CGI effects still hold up today) there isn't so much as an iota of genuine terror that Scott's movie had in spades - everything dwindles down to characters we could care less about trying to outrun an Energizer Bunny-like beast that can chase them upside down. Boo-rah. "Alien 3" is a disappointing failure that can never find a legitimate reason for being outside of box-office considerations, and by the forty-five-minute mark you can't help but give up on it because it has no discernible qualities to speak of - the studio has egregiously thought the mere repeating of formula would churn out the masses when even the most unassuming of them will cry foul and deem it as quite the raw deal. You derive little pleasure from the movie because so little in the way of pleasure has actually been given - you can't but feel insulted that you're supposed to be enthralled by all this nothingness just because it's a sequel. (It's telling that the best-staged scene is an autopsy of a young child.) Not to mention, the whole thing is exceedingly boring and plays by no set of rules (there's no way the alien queen could've hatched an egg with so little time it stowed away on the escape ship). So despite Weaver's innate excellence and the occasional interesting camera angle and an amusing turn by Ralph Brown as the prison's IQ-challenged second-in-comnand , the appalling "Alien 3" seems to have as much utter contempt for the viewer as the viewer will justifiably have toward it.Watch the underrated, misunderstood "Alien Resurrection," which is a wicked black comedy with undertones of horror.