Rather than the 6 weeks she originally thought, Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) is back on Earth 57 years later and is told by the company council that she is the one to blame for the destruction of the Nostromo. She gives a full report of what happened with the alien, but they aren’t buying her story because they haven’t had any issues with the families living there! Not to Ripley’s surprise, the signal is lost on LV-426 and Ripley agrees to return to destroy the aliens once and for all, but the company has other ideas. Either way, once the crew lands, rather than 1 alien like before, they must fight hundreds to stay alive.
After the success of The Terminator, James Cameron (Terminator 2, Avatar, Titanic) was given the green light on an Alien sequel. This time around, he wanted the movie to be more action driven over horror. He was able to do something no one could have thought… made a better movie than the first. What makes Aliens so great is that it was able to be bigger and better than the original without showing any disrespect to the idea or story of the first film. Alien is a horror film that feels secluded and terrifying while Aliens is loud and full of action. Just as in the first, the crew and characters are what adds the depth to the movie. Sigourney Weaver returns to form (and an Oscar nomination) as Ripley, but with the addition of Michael Biehn (fresh from Terminator), Carrie Henn (“daughter” to Ripley), Lance Henrikson (Nicer Artifical Person), Paul Reiser (Company Scum), and Bill Paxton (comic relief), the crew almost steals the show from the creatures… almost. All in all, appearing on my personal top 100 list, Aliens has everything the first movie had and more, not to mention the Queen!
10/10 Stars – It was hard to think anything could top Ridley Scott’s Alien, but of course, James Cameron can make anything bigger and better!
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