The planet from Alien (1979) has been colonized, but contact is lost. This time, the rescue team has impressive firepower, but will it be enough?
Alien is one of my favourite movies of all time, and I’ve always been skeptical about Aliens and on edge with it. It’s mostly due to me not being with the times; I’m afraid my judgement has been ruined by poor action films that this movie inspires. However, I can’t doubt the ferociousness and power that this film has.
This film essentially broke the boundaries of what anyone was expecting. In reality, it’s probably a far greater achievement than Alien ever was. Due to it going from generic Sci-Fi shoot em’ up sequel to a 7 time Oscar nominee. This is thanks to James Cameron, who is a master of his art with this area of film. He takes what is a quite boring idea into something much greater. His directing isn’t really the highlight, just more of how he’s presented the piece to the audience. Its big budget and exciting, but still very down to earth and gritty.
Its a typically strong performance from Sigourney Weaver, who is as vigorous as ever, except the character of Ripley is so much more now. Yet she handles it perfectly, and for the first half hour of the film, its a top notch character driven story. Which is the same for each of the characters, opening the shells of the corrupt from the original. We have comradely from the marines in a genius role from Bill Paxton; a hero figure from Michael Biehn; a heartfelt depiction in Lance Henriksen as the cyborg and a corrupt role from Paul Reiser to name just a few.
In essence, it’s an excellent action film; and the perfect follow up to a classic. It’s just that its so much more than that, it’s not only deep and somehow meaningful but it created the cheesiness and stupidity that we see 4 times a year. It is the Sci-Fi movie; if you’ve seen this, you’ve seem them all.
Aliens is a punch of vigor and power to back up the tense predecessor. – 5/5
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