Aliens

{4.5/5} “Did IQs just drop sharply while I was away?”

Ripley’s escape pod drifted through space for 57 years until someone rescued her. When she told the Company about the aliens she encountered on LV-426 they didn’t believe her. But now contact with the colony on LV-426 has been lost. The marines are sent in to investigate, and they’re taking Ripley with them as an advisor. The marines think they can handle anything, and Ripley warns them that these aliens are like nothing they’ve seen before. Who will survive this time?

Aliens was released in 1986. It’s a sequel to Alien. This is probably the third or fourth time I’ve seen it. It would have been something to see on the big screen.

For science fiction fans all four movies in the series are worth watching — five if you count Prometheus — but this is the best one. I wish I could watch it again for the first time.

Even though they’re in an extremely dangerous situation, there are a lot of funny lines — particularly from Hudson.

Unlike most action movies these days, the first half consists of presenting the situation and getting to know the characters. Then when they start dying, you actually care. The second half is pretty intense.

Ripley is a great character to throw at the aliens again — she’s not superhuman but she’s resourceful. The new characters of the marines are all tough but they each have their own quirks.

When Ripley first talks to Newt and asks her if she thinks she would be safer staying with her and the marines, Newt just shakes her head — it’s a fantastic moment.

The amazing music — sometimes spooky and sometimes pounding — is by James Horner (Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan).

Sigourney Weaver (the TV show Political Animals) stars as Ripley, the only survivor of the first movie.

Michael Biehn (The Abyss) plays Hicks and Bill Paxton (Apollo 13) plays Hudson. Lance Henrikson (the TV show Millenium) plays Bishop and Paul Reiser (the TV show Mad About You) plays Burke.

Al Matthews (small parts in a few movies) plays Apone — he was actually a marine in real life. Jenette Goldstein (Terminator 2: Judgment Day) plays Vasquez and Carrie Henn (her only movie role) plays Newt.

The movie was directed by James Cameron (The Abyss).

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