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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.
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…
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.…
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…
It would've been so easy to follow Alien with the same horror, suspense and detailed world building of Ridley Scott's original masterpiece.
And while James Cameron's sequel has all those things, he cleverly adds a third element; action and adventure.
Aliens is essentially Zulu in space, as a group of soldiers hold themselves up against a relentless enemy, hell bent on eradicating every single one of them.
Expertly judged on every single level, this is a heck of a long movie that seems to fly by at incredible speed. Every character rings true, every emotion is raw and unflinching.
A nice reminder of the kind of movie that Cameron was so good at, before he started to play around with blue cartoon characters.
Newton writes in "Feminism and Anxiety in Aliense," "...for the film not only breaks with the convention of having a male hero, but it breaks the conventions of female heroism or female independence."
Ripley, the main character of both "Alien" and "Aliens" finds those statements to be true. Though the Newton's writing was talking specifically about Ridley Scott's "Alien," James Cameron's "Aliens" brings the same feminist approach to the lead character.
"We'd better get back, 'cause it'll be dark soon, and they mostly come at night... mostly."- Newt.
Always a pleasure to return to this fantastic movie. Great visuals, action, suspense and, for the time, special effects.
Its just a must-see for all! Sure, a few of the SE's look a little dated now, but nothing too bad that it takes away from the overall (brilliant!) viewing experience.
I love this film and it is worthy of the alien franchise even though personally I do prefer the first just because of the sheer amount of tension even thought aliens has tension it is slightly dimmed down by the fact that they can kill these aliens whereas in alien the alien was pretty much invincible with the weapons they had which added a lot more tension in my personal opinion but its still a five star because this is just one tiny flaw in a film of perfection.
Still a Sci-Fi Action classic till this day.
'Get away from her you bitch.'
The genre change between Alien and Aliens is one of Hollywood's greatest strokes of genius. The uniquely tense horror of Alien would undoubtedly have fallen short on a second effort, and so the change of director, and change of tone was necessary. There is still tension, and still a terrifying monster, but James Cameron dresses it up as an energetic action film, perhaps too generic to be quite as good as its predecessor, but entertaining and undeniably gripping nonetheless.
Sigourney Weaver's return manages to avoid most of its dangers. Unlike in the first film, she is clearly the lead, but doesn't lapse into too many of the stereotypical main character tropes. She is still…
An absolute classic. Looks great on blu!
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