Alien Works An Accidental Camera Bump Into The Plot
The Alien movies have their share of moments both subtle and clumsy, from the brilliant tension of the ventilation duct scene, to the, well, entire back half of the franchise. But there was one moment in Alien that was so brilliantly subtle you may have missed. Just like with Doctor Who, you the moviegoer appear to influence the plot, like someone reading a Choose Your Own Adventure book published in Hell.
The moment occurs shortly after Ripley realizes that Ash deliberately allowed the crew of the Nostromo to become infected. He attacks her and nearly kills her. But midway through the fight, he pauses momentarily. Why? Because you distracted him.
20th Century Fox"Shh, he's coming."
Check out the wind chimes. They're moving, but there's nothing that could have made them move ... except for the camera (read: the audience) bumping into them as it pulls into the corridor. This distracts Ash and he turns his head to look before throwing Ripley into them.
This has a pretty significant impact on the plot. Ash pummels Ripley, but you blunder in and distract him before he can finish the job. If you hadn't distracted him, he could have killed her right there, but the pivotal hitting of the chimes buys more time for the rest of the team to arrive and destroy Ash.
You're the reason Ripley survived Alien! Without you, we'd never have got Aliens! Which means you're also the reason we got Aliens 3, Alien: Resurrection, both Alien vs. Predators, and, weirdly, Carnosaur 2.
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