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.
This movie is so influential to me that I actually named my whole internet "persona" on the phrase "they mostly come out at night... mostly". This was the name of my first blog, but I shortened it to Mostly Lisa for brevity and frankly people think I'm weird enough without the continual Newt impressions, which, not to toot my own horn, are pretty on the money.
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…
This has been considered as one of the greatest sequels ever made, and with good reason. Sigourney Weaver gives a terrific performance. The cast is amazing. This film finds a perfect blend between science fiction, drama, horror, and action. The film manages to do something that is a rarity in horror films...have likable characters. The characters in this film are so great and likable, you care about them and don't want them to die. That can't be said for many horror films, especially with people who go into a horror film looking for the best kill and anticipating stupid characters to die. The special effects look amazing and are a huge step up from the last film. Has great suspenseful…
This is not a sequel.
Sure, it uses the same character and the same monsters and places it in the same universe.
But it is not a sequel. It's more like the loud mouthed second cousin who tells the wildest stories which are fun, but after a while makes you want to tattoo 'less is more' on his forehead.
Cameron does this type of film like no other. It's big, it's brass and it's ballsy. And for two thirds of the ride I'm having a grand ol' time. To compare this to the film that preceeded it is pointless as this is a comletely different approach, heck it's an entirely different genre.
The set up is fantastic. The team we…
I don't know if it's because of the Blu-ray first watch or if it's because I'm older or if it's because I watched Alien the night before or what. But this is the first time I've realized that this movie actually isn't all that great. It's far goofier than I remember and a lot of it really doesn't look very good.
What Scott's version had going for it was that it wasn't trying to go for "cool", it was just trying to be artful. Cameron's version is going for an 80s version of awesome and it shows the scars that time has left on it.
It certainly has its great moments but a lot of the movie actually comes dangerously…
Honestly, everything about this movie is amazing. Extremely well done, great choice of actors. Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) is probably...wait...probably? no...SHE IS the baddest bitch ever.
honestly it's a toss up between whether you like atmospheric brooding (Alien) or straight up action flick. I prefer Ridley Scott's but w/e
What can I say that a thousand others haven't already contributed? Other than some clunker dialogue (something of a James Cameron trademark) and a fundamental shift in tone this is one of the best action/horror/sci-fi movies ever made.
I've often heard Aliens described as the better of the first two films in the franchise, and while I'm not sure that's true, its certainly the bigger one (no surprise there, seeing as its directed by James Cameron). Where the first film is claustrophobic, like a submarine film in space, the sequel is expansive, turning its predecessor's small-scale horror into epic action. This is driven completely by sequel logic ("Oh, they thought ONE Alien was scary? Let's give them a TON of Aliens!"), but its done well enough to not bother me too much.
The film is again well cast, with Paul Reiser, Bill Paxton, and Lance Henriksen all providing memorable turns, and the larger nature of the threat does…
I thought Alien was intense; honestly spent the majority of this film on the brink of a heart attack!
Sigourney is epic as ever and this story line manages to be genuinely emotionally involving, something sci-fi can sometimes struggle with; though this may be due to the rather tasty Michael Biehn swooping in Kyle Reese style to save the ladies!
Impressively large leap in effects from the previous film to say it is a fairly short time span between the two. I'd definitely recommend, but watch with the lights off!
James Cameron's gung-ho sequel imaginatively continued the ALIEN storyline, while transforming it from "claustrophobic horror movie" to "sci-fi war movie", heavily inspired by author Robert Heinlein's novel STARSHIP TROOPERS. It could have been a feeble excuse for mindless carnage in lesser hands (exploiting H.R Geiger's stunning creature and just boosting their number for a violent bug extermination), but Cameron's script also offered clever development of ALIEN's mythos and added a theme of motherhood—thus giving ALIENS a solid emotional anchor. This decision to balance action with emotion worked brilliantly: ALIENS marks a rare occasion when the lead of a sci-fi movie (a woman, too) was nominated for a 'Best Actress' Academy Award.
42 years after escaping her encounter with the drooling…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
After the original Star Wars film, I think this is the movie I've seen the most. The conversion to BluRay is immaculate.
Ok, taking on the sequel to Ridley Scott's genre defining 'Alien' might (in the hands of others) have been a poison chalice? well, Not for James Cameron.
Instead, in the most entertaining fashion! he delivers terror in the form of a combat picture. exploring more of the universe first imagined by H.R Giger and improved on by Cameron's own ideas, we are invited into a ghost house of treats, surprises and possibly the best climactic action ending ever. Game over man! Game over!
After Ripley has been rescued from 57 years of drifting, she finds out the planet where she had the terror all those years ago is now colonised and contact with them is lost. She and a crew go back out to find out what has happened.
There are a lot of opinions on this movie compared to the first. Personally, I find it better. You can find many others that find the first better. But most can say that they're both great. It'd been a fair few years since I saw this and let me tell you, it comes up amazing on Blu-ray.