Aliens ★★★★

A film I hadn’t seen but now I have.

I can only imagine the reaction at the time when fans of Alien found out that the sequel to one of the great sci-fi horror films was getting an action makeover. I was going to include a comparison here to a modern day horror getting the same treatment, but I honestly can't think of any good enough.

Aliens is pretty much what I expected it to be. A balls-out, no nonsense James Cameron action film, much like what T2 is to The Terminator. At times it's unashamedly trashy but it makes for fantastically entertaining viewing. There are definitely still moments where we have high levels of tension but in these terms it doesn't get close to its predecessor. Where it does succeed is in creating a frantic thrillride that will keep your eyes glued to the screen in anticipation of the next encounter, as opposed to being terrified of it as the original film would have.