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This Time It's War
When Ripley's lifepod is found by a salvage crew over 50 years later, she finds that terra-formers are on the very planet they found the alien species. When the company sends a family of colonists out to investigate her story... all contact is lost with the planet and colonists. They enlist Ripley and the colonial marines to return and search for answers.
Part of Hoop-Tober
“I can handle myself.” “Yeah, I noticed.”
Fifty-seven years. That is how long she had been in stasis. Her crew, her friends killed by that...that thing. The Nostromo detonated, the stowaway alien blasted into hyperspace. And then hypersleep. For fifty-seven long years, Ellen Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) and her tabby cat, Jonesy, had been floating through space in suspended animation. They might have floated forever had a salvage crew not stumbled across them. Carter Burke (Paul Reiser) says the odds of finding her escape pod were one in one thousand, but surely they were lower than that. Pure luck. Pure luck that she got out alive, pure luck that she was found. And what have the intervening fifty-seven…
The action packed James Cameron directed sequel to the atmospheric horror classic Alien finds our heroine Ripley once again doing battle with the alien thingys and this time she has some help from a squad of badass Colonial Marines. Space breathing. Maybe Jonesy really does have nine lives? The way Carter Burke pets a pussy. Alien dreams that would scare Freddy. Big business brouhaha. The dangling ash from Ripley's cigarette. Bootleg Apple FaceTime. Sgt. Apone and his badass cigar. Co-ed locker room. Vasquez could kick all our asses at the same time. Virgin rescue? Bishop's knife. The Bill Paxton scream. Hudson and Hicks are to Aliens as Parker and Brett are to Alien, they are the motherfuckers. Lt. Pansy Gorman.…
There are very few sequels in cinema that have managed to surpass the originals and overcome the expectations of the first chapter's loyal & faithful fans. And James Cameron's Aliens does exactly that by taking the original story of Ridley Scott's Alien and expanding upon it in ways most sequels are afraid to as this second chapter is way more bigger & action-packed than its predecessor and succeeds not just as a great sci-fi horror but as a redefinition of action filmmaking as well.
The story of Aliens takes place 57 years after the events of the first film & concerns the solo survivor Ripley, whose account of what happened on the planet is dismissed by her executives as the very desolate planet…
I don't know about anyone else but I find reviewing my favourite films to be far harder than reviewing some ropey old load of shit that I've just watched.
There are a couple of reasons why this might be. On the one hand I think it is because I am more naturally of a negative disposition and find it a lot easier to hand out criticism and sarcasm than praise and encouragement. Then again, a more positive way of looking at it could be that I just find there is so much to be said about my favourites and it is very difficult to know when and where to stop.
Aliens being my favourite film, this is the most difficult…
The tension is so thick you could cut it with a knife! Think I gnawed my fingernails down to the bone before the film reached its dramatic conclusion!
What the hell happened! Saw Alien and got my sci-fi groove on, put this baby in and I got my butt handed to me on a silver platter! I was NOT prepared for a full blown sci-fi action thriller that would leave me curled up in a ball crying every time the aliens showed up onscreen!
Hudson made me chuckle, Carter the weasel made me so angry I wanted to wring his little neck, Ripley's adrenaline fueled rage grew hair on my chest, Aliens were so terrifying if I was a guy I'm pretty sure I would have experienced some beaucoup shrinkage!
We're all gonna die man.
There's always been debate if Aliens is better then the original. Some people even get mad if you disagree with them. I think that's actually a sign of how good this sequel actually is. The divide in opinion is actually because they didn't try to remake the original, but went out and did something different. If James Cameron would have tried to recreate the original movie with a plot of an alien taking out a crew on a spaceship it would have reduced this to no more then any number of cheap horror sequels we've been getting for the last 40 or so years. While the original was more of a traditional horror movie…
My thesis on Alien/Aliens was always that the two films were vastly different takes on the same story that, despite their differences, were both equally successful. After revisiting the two films this close together it's clear to me now that Ridley Scott's original is by far the superior film.
While there is still a lot to like here, the "they're above us!" part is still one of the best suspense sequences of all time, the sprawling larger scale of Cameron's film doesn't allow for the same level of focus that was the chief virtue of its predecessor.
In my review of the original Alien I noted that among the most striking aspects of the film is just how little the…
In the throes of Oscar Season, I find myself gravitating more towards action movies than anything else. I get very easily fed up with all these heavy handed, swelling string quartet, capital "I" Important family dramas and political message piles of garbage that I need a hard shot of testosterone to remind me that I'm a big, strong man with body hair and a penis rather than one of the elderly, white fuckwits that gets to decide which lifeless, oily studio exec gets to put "ACADEMY AWARD WINNING BEST PICTURE" on the cover of their studio's Blu-Ray the following spring. God, I fucking hate the Oscars (but more on that for my next theme project). In the mean time, I…
Whereas the first film was high on atmosphere and horror, James Cameron's sequel focuses on expertly crafted action and thrills, as Ripley (Weaver) returns to the planet she originally encountered the Aliens with a groups of marines, in order to rescue some colonists. This is such meticulously crafted fiction that no aspect of the story ever seems like mumbo jumbo. Weaver embodies the action heroine role extremely well, standing head and shoulders above the marine types surrounding her. Exciting score by James Horner.
It butchered something I loved. It is OK on its own, I guess. But I can't ignore the fact that it is a sequel to Alien.
The definitional Hollywood sequel, Aliens repeats plot beats from Alien almost identically, but hides them amongst new settings, themes, and conflicts.
Where Ripley became the archetypal "Last Girl" by Alien's conclusion, she evolves into a dominant action hero by the end of Aliens. Cameron, like he would later do with Terminator 2, deconstructs normative concepts of the masculine action hero through Ripley, but also Vasquez and the rest of the marines. Stereotypical macho signifiers, like muscles, buzz cuts, and massive guns, are assigned to female characters within Aliens, playing with genre and gender expectations. Hicks would commonly be presented as the heroic savior, but instead is left unconscious and wounded during the final act, turning him into a Dude in…
Many people might say Aliens surpasses the original. I am of the latter mindset, it's a steroid injection version of it's older sibling. I still adore it! More aliens, more acid, more people and less cats.
James Cameron — best known for creating The Terminator, in which a nightmarish vision of the future comes crashing into the present day, a virtually indestructible, armour-boned killing machine with a singular, murderous goal, only to be stopped by a bad-ass woman and her soldier friend Michael Biehn.
How could the guy behind all that do a sequel to what amounts to a creepy psychosexual haunted house in space? Well, by taking its iconography and crafting a different story: a virtually indestructible, armour-skinned horde of killing machines with a singular, murderous goal, stopped by a bad-ass woman and her soldier friend Michael Biehn.
When your formula is that good, why mess with it?
Alien + The Terminator = a video game sequel. Everything from the original only accentuated and over the top with more of everything. Be sure to skip the special edition. The original cut is tighter.
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