All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1167. An easy way of seeing how…
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.
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.…
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…
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 admiration that I have for Aliens is basically limitless. James Cameron's direction, Sigourney Weaver's Oscar-worthy performance, the impeccable creature designs, the relentless suspense, the quotable dialogue, the bombastic score, and the quality action all adds up to what looks like a perfect blockbuster. Instead of retreading the same ground already covered by Ridley Scott's Alien, James Cameron built up on the concepts and the world that was founded with that first film. In theory, I love everything about this sequel. It's an 80s gung-ho action thriller with horror elements, all put together with snappy craftsmanship and a whole bunch of heart.
However, I've never been able to describe how this admiration has never evolved into love. Even when blocking…
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!
"Game Over Man, Game Over."
I constantly find myself asking friends, or myself the age-old question of Alien, or Aliens.
I've always answered Alien. Aliens is still a close second.
Aliens is an excellent action movie directed by James Cameron. In it, you have an iconic performance by Sigourney Weaver who went on to be the first woman in an action role to get nominated for the Best Actress Academy Award. Michael Biehn who has the most iconic and memorable lines.
Few films have engendered the all-consuming sense of dread and menace as Aliens, the rare sequel that surpasses the original. James Cameron’s horrifying thriller delivers unremitting intensity and impressive sets and effects that astound even now in the age of computer-generated images. Aliens also sustains itself with a ferocious performance by Sigourney Weaver as Lt. Ellen Ripley in her Oscar-nominated role. She strikes me as the first female action heroine, managing to kick ass all while the film plays with issues of gender, sex, violence, species, birth, death, corporatism, militarism, technology and space. It's surprisingly smart and still one hell of a thrill ride.
James Cameron took the reigns of a sequel to one of the great horror movies, Ridley Scott's ALIEN, and turned in one of the great action movies. There's still a slow build before things take off, but when they do it's in a different direction than the original. The wisdom of making a completely different kind of movie paid off in spades.
I have a few quibbles in the details of the movie. And I think the most popular line in the movie doesn't really work; it's a bit pandering. But Cameron obviously know how to pull an audience through a story and give them the payoff they want.
What a non-stop adventure. Thrills and action that still hold up after all these years.
If Alien was the slow build up that leaves you creeping and wondering what is coming around the next corner, Aliens is the big fight you get yourself into that is unashamedly all about the action and less about the tension. I found Aliens to be a huge amount less tense to watch than the original film that I watched yesterday and it made it a bit less interesting to watch in my personal opinion. Luckily another fantastic performance from Sigourney Weaver to keep the film going and the stupidly impressive effects in the film made it worth the watch but I just wish it was less of an action film.
When you look at the story I can understand…
I can't really say if "Aliens" is better or not than the first movie and that's a big advantage for the franchise. Sequels most of the time end up being forgettable, but "Aliens" was powerful, mesmerizing and intimidating. "Aliens" follows a different path than the first installment and the confined space of the intricate spaceship becomes a much bigger warzone that finds the marines trying to kill these bloodthirsty creatures.
The second "Alien" film becomes more cinematic and James Cameron's contribution gives an edge over its successors and maybe over its prodecessor too. "Aliens" maintains the atmosphere that made the series a classic, it relies on the assertive story and of course uses the same recipe as "Alien" to become…
The 2 hour and 30-odd minute director's cut is spectacular. I'm not usually one for extending a movie's length, but the early scenes on Hadley's Hope and the sentry gun sequence really add to Aliens' richness. Superbly paced, populated with meaningful characters working in a fantastic setting, and featuring one of the most gripping final half-hours I can think of, this is handily one of the greatest action films I've seen.
An extremely worthy sequel that blends sci-fi, action and horror into a seem less whole. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Action oriented sequel feels more accomplished and certainly more entertaining, while expanding on the universe and characters the first film created.
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!