What a brilliant idea to set a slasher film in space.
Even though the special effects hold up years later, the claustrophobic tension is incredible, and the the female role and related symbolism are amazing, most of what I am thinking about is the cat.
Cat spoilers ahead: Why was there a cat on the ship? Did it belong to Ripley or did the corporation supply it with the ship? Has there ever been another film where a cat witnessed…
I've never enjoyed a superhero movie more than this. While a superhero's abilities often separate him/her from the average person, this film makes the superheroes into a type of everyman. They are more easy to relate to than characters such as Superman or even Captain America.
The casting, the special effects, the writing, the tone, everything about this film worked extremely well. I would definitely recommend this to friends--even if they are not into science fiction or superheroes.