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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.
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.…
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“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…
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…
I'd forgotten how good this film is! 'Aliens' wisely made a lateral genre move into a war film, replacing the slow rising horror of the original film with sharp mounting tension and thrills. This film works amazingly well, keeping us on the edge of our seats right up until the final scene. It's wonderfully constructed.
However the space marine characters (Bill Paxton mainly) are extremely annoying and unbelievably unprofessional. During each skirmish I was hoping he would bite the dust. I only wish it could have been sooner.
MY THREE WORDS
Tense, adventurous, thrilling.
I still think James Cameron missed a trick not making Newt the Queen of the Aliens.
James Cameron turns a series to shit in just 154 minutes.
Sorta ok if you just want a shallow action movie, but really, why did it have to use the Alien?
The atmosphere in this movie, and the lighting and cinematography and of course the direction are top notch, and some of the scenes are pretty damn terrifying. It's brilliant. The casting was honestly just on. point.
One of the best Sci-Fi films out there.
Still haven't seen the first one, so it might be average compared to that, but on it's own - It's just amazing.
Best action movie ever.
Watched it on TV this time, and it was the theatrical version. I've been watching the Director's Cut on DVD for nearly a decade now, and I have to say that while the theatrical cut is fine, it's sorely missing some things that greatly enhance the film. This version cuts out Ripley's reaction to finding out that her child has grown up, aged, and died while she was lost in space (which makes Newt's connection later on even more powerful), the sentry automatic machine gun scene is gone, the MedLab facehugger scene is trimmed down, and the overall "ride" of the movie is cut back.
In the Director's Cut, this movie is exhausting in the best way possible.
Game Over man!! They mostly come out at night, mostly.
Widely reguarded as one of those rare sequals that is better than the original. I DISAGREE, but that's just me.
Alien is about trying to keep yourself alive.
Aliens is about who you want to save.
Having just rewatched the first 2 for the first time in a long time I'm shocked at how my opinions have changed.
The first one was much better than I remember. I seemed to think it was boring before but really got into the suspense this time.
As for the second, I can't remember it being so cheesy and dumb. The infantile marines completely ruined it. I'm surprised it is held up as highly as the original.
Not sure if I've ever watched 3 and 4 before but as they already have bad reviews and IMDb scores I'm not expecting to like them much!
I hate James Cameron, and this made me hate him even more. The best part of Alien is how you barely even see the alien itself. But in Aliens you see them all the time, that you kind of lose the effect and tension that the original film set up.
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