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Directed By
James Cameron

Written By:
James Cameron, Walter Hill

Sigourney Weaver, Michael Biehn, Lance Henriksen, Bill Paxton, Paul Reiser, Jenette Goldstein, William Hope, Al Matthews, Mark Rolston, Ricco Ross, Carrie Henn, Colette Hiller

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Aliens (1986)
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Movie Review by Jarrod
December 10th, 2007

'Aliens' is one of those rare examples of a sequel that surpasses, or at least equals, the original. The Godfather, Part II is usually the one that most think of when they ponder this unique phenomenon, but James Cameron has accomplished it twice, with T2: Judgment, better I think than The Terminator, and with 'Aliens', which is certainly scarier and more intense than Ridley Scott's 1979 sci-fi/horror classic. 'Aliens' is relentless, a rather incredible action experience, with Sigourney Weaver returning as Ellen Ripley, a terrific heroine, smart and tough, much like the creatures she seeks to destroy. This film finds her being discovered by a salvage crew, after she has been in hypersleep for 57 years. She has, of course, not aged, but her daughter has grown old and died, and she is plagued by nightmares of what she lived through in the first movie. A guy named Burke (Paul Reiser) approaches her about returning to the planet where she first encountered the aliens, along with a group of marines, to find out what happened to the colonists who settled there. Well, it is obvious what happened to them, but the aliens don't show up until after the first hour, so there is a pervasive sense of dread, as the marines explore desolate corridors and hallways, seeing possible signs of alien activity, but not really sure what they are up against.

Eventually, they find a little girl called Newt (Carrie Henn), who has survived by hiding in the air ducts. Ripley vows to protect her. The marines are picked off one by one, as those who remain hoard up with Ripley and plan their escape. They include Vasquez, a very butch, trigger-happy female, Hudson (Bill Paxton), a wisecracking electronics whiz, Gorman (William Hope), the commanding officer, who is still a little green when it comes to combat, and Hicks (Michael Biehn), who grows fond of Ripley. There is also Bishop (Lance Henriksen), an android. And Burke, who works for the corporation that financed the expensive colony, and wants to smuggle out one of the hostile organisms for research and profit.

The special effects are superb, with Stan Winston's grotesque creations baring their teeth and getting blown to smithereens by powerful weaponry, but they just keep coming, through ventilation shafts and even elevators. These are agile, vicious killing machines with some degree of intelligence. They have a queen, who lays eggs, and these eggs spawn little parasites that wrap around people's faces and plant embryos inside of them. Chest-bursting is back, with a vengeance. These monsters are driven purely by instinct, and by an insatiable appetite for human flesh. 'Aliens' is a work of sensational craftsmanship, with the final showdown between Ripley and the queen one of Cameron's most memorable sequences. It is completely enthralling.

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Dec 11, 2007 1:05 AM
also wrote a review of Aliens
Could not agree with you more....Aliens is a masterpiece.

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