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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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Movie Review by Chris
June 26th, 2008

Note: This review is for the directors edition of the movie which featured 27 minutes of additional scenes.

After colonist, Ellen Ripley survived her disastrous ordeal. Nobody believed her story about the "Aliens" being on the planet LV-426. However, approximately 50 years later, the colony on LV-426 was completely destroyed. The government has decided to send Ripley out of cryostasis and to aid a team of tough, rugged space marines into the desolate planet to find out if there are aliens, or survivors. But, what Ripley will begin to realize that her worst nightmare is about to come true.

Aliens, directed by James Cameron, is the best example I can find on what the science fiction genre is. Alien was a fantastic movie which really creeped me out in some moments. So I watched the special edition of Aliens, which features about 25 to 30 minutes of additional scenes. Aliens succeeds in creating a solid horror film, not to mention sci fi. The production design looks amazing and all the gooey effects on the aliens and blood looks really good.

Sigourney Weaver plays again as Ripley, and she still does a really good job. Her performance is actually better here then it was in Alien, even though ALiens was made 7 years after the original. Well, for a gap of 7 years between sequels, she still keeps the same look as she did in the original. I felt as if she couldve tried a little bit harder in some parts, but for most of it she gets the character right and never tries to hard to accomplish something. Bill Paxton is a great actor and kind of takes over the smart ass role. I love his character because he starts off the film funny and kind of a smart ass, but in the end he kind of becomes scared and puts on more of a scared performance then anything. Lance Henrikson puts on an amazing performance as an android.

Aliens is a mix of suspense, terror and horror all in one movie. So the directors cut is a little bit longer and more violent, I felt as if the movie did a great job with creating a new type of science fiction movie. One of the opening scenes is a nightmare in which Ripley has a chest burster coming out of her chest, this is one of the scariest scenes of the movie because you actually believe its happening and its not. James Cameron never uses music to ruin all of the scares like most horror movies which try to be scary. The music is barely used except for the end and most of the dialog scenes. The aliens, designed by Stan Winston (RIP) were done really well. Some of the special effects were good, but few were exceptionally bad. I dont blame anybody because this is an 80's movie and its good for the time, it just bothered me a little bit. Another thing I have to point out was the great directing from James Cameron. There were a few shots which were some pretty long takes and everything was done smoothly.

Aliens was slightly better than Alien, and it really wants me to continue on with the franchise.

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