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ALIENS
1986 / Sci-Fi, Action, Horror
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Directed by James Cameron
Written by James Cameron
Starring Sigourney Weaver, Michael Biehn, Lance Henriksen and Bill Paxton

Ellen Ripley is rescued by a deep salvage team after being hypersleep for 57 years. The moon that the Nostromo visited has been colonized, but contact is lost. This time, colonial marines have impressive firepower, but will that be enough?

The following tags are associated with this movie: Alien, Creature, Outer Space, Military
Aliens (1986)
Review by Bradley Frohloff

8 / 10
What James Cameron has done with Aliens is the same thing he did with Terminator 2. He takes a good original movie and knocks it out of the ballpark with the sequel. The pace has quickened over the original, includes a lot more action while maintaining plenty of engaging and suspenseful scenes.

This sequel is sure to make fans of the original movie happy and may even convert anyone out there that didn't love the first entry.
Aliens (1986)
Review by Michael Mahoney

10 / 10
While it’s true that it took me until my most-recent viewing of Alien to fully appreciate it, Aliens is a movie I loved from 'hello,' and it's probably the best horror/action/science fiction movie in the history of the moving pictures.

Let’s dispense with the problems first, though:

With that out of the way, let’s talk about the myriad of great performances (it’d almost be easier to talk about those who didn’t make a positive impression, but that didn’t strike me as fair).

I loved Sigourney Weaver in the first movie, but she’s even better here. Once she takes control, she really takes control (the scene in which Ripley usurps Gorman is fantastic), and though she’s all bad-ass, she still has a sensitive side, as seen when dealing with Newt (Carrie Henn) and Hudson (Bill Paxton). She the exact right person in that situation, and I enjoyed watching her kick ass throughout (especially in regards to Paul Reiser’s character).

And speaking of Reiser, boy, does he cause some whiplash. At first, he seems a decent guy, one of the few trying to back-up Ripley’s experience and get her back into a suitable profession, but then we find out something later on that shines a whole new light on him, and he quickly becomes one of the most hated characters in the whole of cinema (perhaps an overstatement, but man, I utterly abhor this guy, and I definitely thought he should have been killed just as soon as his secret and actions were discovered). Reiser does a great job playing a terrible character, so kudos.

It’s Gorman, played by William Hope, who at first seems to be the main antagonist. Very quickly, though, we find out that he’s not so much a bad man as he is just under-experienced. He certainly thought he had control of the situation, but when Ripley shoves him aside, he takes it gracefully, and I always low-key appreciated him for that. Another individual who takes a little while to really make a place for themselves is Hicks, played by Michael Biehn. To be honest, I barely noticed him until he retained command, but I loved him as soon as he sided with Ripley, and from there on out, he gave it his best to protect everyone.

Others who merit a positive mention are probably obvious, being Lance Henriksen, Jenette Goldstein, Bill Paxton, Mark Rolston, and Al Matthews. Henriksen as the android Bishop really did well here. Being an android, he didn’t need to have much in the way of emotions, so Henriksen was a perfect fit, and I definitely enjoyed him throughout (especially towards the end). Goldstein kicked ass about as much as Weaver, and her comeback to Hudson near the beginning was cuttingly brutal.

Paxton’s Hudson lost control past a certain point, but he was still a solid character to the end, and though Rolston’s Drake didn’t last near as long as I was hoping, he too was a character I really found myself enjoying. Of everyone, though, it’s Al Matthews, who, as soon as he awakens from cryofreeze, the very second, he has a cigar in his mouth. Love that guy’s dedication. I also rather liked Colette Hiller, though she appeared for only a short time.

As far as the special effects go, everything here looks great, and though at first glance it might look like the movie runs a little long (as it's around two-and-a-half hours), I think everything feels smooth and well-paced throughout the film. The setting is a nicely deserted alien world, and there are some absolutely fantastic scenes of suspense here (such as Ripley and the kid being trapped in the room with the facehuggers).

Let’s face it - Aliens is a fantastic movie, and this is probably one of my least controversial movie opinions of all time. The movie currently sits in IMDb’s top 100 movies, and I’m very much mistaken if I think that’s going to change anytime soon. It’s an action-packed ride with with a ton of suspense, scares (that locked room with Ripley and Newt gets my heart racing every time), action, and I can't recommend the movie enough.
Aliens (1986)
Review by Alex Martel

9 / 10
How do you top a sci-fi horror masterpiece by a director in his artistic prime? Short answer, you don't.

James Cameron wisely decided to play up to his strengths and do a completely different kind of movie with Aliens. He was never going to surpass or even replicate the horror, tension and claustrophobia from the first movie. It's like with Jaws, once you've seen the shark, it's not so scary anymore. Instead, Cameron gives us a very well built, kick ass action movie that's chock full of thrills and stands alongside Alien as one of the best movies of the 80s.
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