Alien Nation

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Released 1988

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Director:
Graham Baker
Released:
1988
Rating:
R

Alien Nation is the 1988 science fiction, crime drama from Farscape creator Rockne S. O'Bannon and producer powerhouse Gale Anne Hurd (Aliens, The Terminator, The Walking Dead, The Ghost and the Darkness). In the not too distant future, aliens have landed in America. The nation has been forced to accept them; giving them citizenship, jobs, and English names. There are now just as many aliens in the country as there are humans. Detective Sykes (James Caan, The Godfather, Misery, Eraser, Freebie and the Bean) has just lost his partner is a shootout with some alien streets thieves. The next day he agrees to be partners with the newly appointed detective Samuel Franscisco (an alien)(Mandy Patinkin, The Princess Bride, Dick Tracy). The further they proceed in their investigation for the partner's killer, the bigger the game becomes, and Sykes may have to put revenge issues aside in order to prevent something more potentially dangerous to the planet.

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  • 60

    The New York Times Janet Maslin

    Eventually, though it happens later rather than sooner, the conventional aspects of 'Alien Nation' overwhelm the novelty.

  • 60

    Variety

    Solid performances by leads James Caan and his humanoid buddy-cop partner Mandy Patinkin move this production beyond special effects, clever alien makeup and car chases.

  • 50

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    The movie is simply a failure of imagination. Nobody looked at the screenplay and observed that it didn't try hard enough, that it had no surprises, that it didn't attempt to delig...

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