This time it's war

Stop your grinnin' and drop your linen! "Aliens" continues the story of Ellen Ripley (Sigourney Weaver), sole survivor of the space freighter Nostromo, who is rescued and revived after drifting in hypersleep for 57 years. Questioned by a panel of executives from her employer the Weyland-Yutani Corporation, Ripley's testimony regarding the Alien is met with extreme skepticism, as no physical evidence of the creature survived the destruction of the Nostromo.

After losing her space flight license as a result of "questionable judgment" in destroying the Nostromo, Ripley learns that LV-426, the planetoid where her crew first encountered the Alien eggs, is now a colonized settlement. The Weyland-Yutani Company has developed massive atmosphere processors, which make the air on LV-426 breathable.

They assure her there is no such parasitic life form, as the colony on LV-426 has been there over 50 years and never encountered such an organism. Shortly after her meeting with the executives, Ripley receives a visit from Carter J. Burke, a company employee, who informs her that contact has been lost with the colony on LV-426.

Weyland-Yutani will be dispatching Burke (Paul Reiser) and a unit of Colonial Space Marines to investigate. The company offers to restore Ripley's flight status if she will accompany them as a consultant. Psychologically disturbed by her experience onboard the Nostromo, Ripley initially refuses to join, but accepts when she realizes the mission is to fully eradicate the species.

Aboard the warship Sulaco, Lieutenant Gorman (William Hope) and Sergeant Apone (Al Matthews) introduce Ripley to the space marines, who seem just as skeptical of their ‘bug hunt' mission as the company. During a routine meal, Ripley is shocked to find out there is an android onboard. Bishop (Lance Henriksen) is a newer model of the same artificial life form that attempted to kill her on the Nostromo.

The heavily armed expedition descends to the planetoid's surface via dropship, where they find the colony seemingly abandoned. There are signs, however, of the creature Ripley described to them. Parts of metal grating have been eroded away by what appears to be highly concentrated acid.

After doing a sweep of the colony's facilities, the space marines discover numerous "facehuggers" in stasis within the colony's medical lab. Two are still living, the rest are dead. It seems it didn't take long for the colonists to discover the derelict craft and bring its secrets back with them.

The Marines eventually locate the colonists, who are clustered in the colony's nuclear-powered atmosphere processing station. Traveling to the station, the Marines find a large Alien hive filled with the cocooned colonists.

After an encounter with a colonist who isn't dead yet, a horde of Aliens awaken and slaughter most of the military unit with ease. Ripley single-handedly rescues Corporal Hicks (Michael Biehn) and Privates Vasquez (Jenette Goldstein) and Hudson (Bill Paxton) in an all-personnel vehicle. With Lieutenant Gorman temporarily unconscious, Hicks assumes command and sets a plan to escape the planet and destroy the colony from orbit.

Now Ripley must face her fears and fight the Alien once again, only this time there are more. And if only one of those organisms wiped out her entire crew in less than 24 hours, what hope will these survivors have against an entire nest?

1986's "Aliens" is one of my all-time favorite movies. Director James Cameron took an action/adventure tone with the sequel, which was in stark contrast to the horror motifs of the original "Alien." Not only does Cameron delve deeper into Ripley's story, he also expands on the mythology of the alien species.

The film is a pulsating, living thing. It builds on everything that made the original so memorable, pushing the limits further in every way. "Aliens" is absolutely intense. The production design and visual effects still hold up over 20 years later.

"Aliens" is a classic film and one of few sequels that actually surpasses its predecessor. It was nominated for seven Academy Awards including Best Music, Best Sound, Best Film Editing, and Best Art Direction/Set Decoration. The film won two awards for Sound Effects Editing and Visual Effects and Sigourney Weaver received her first Academy Award nomination for Best Actress. Although Weaver did not win, it was considered a landmark nomination for an actress to be considered for a science fiction/horror film, a genre that was given little recognition by the Academy in 1986 - and still isn't.

This film shaped my childhood. I was in 5th grade when I saw "Aliens" for the first time and was terrified and infatuated all the same. Since then I've grown to cherish it as a prime example of what a movie should be. They just don't make ‘em like this anymore.

by Adam Frazier
From: Wild Bluff Media

Reviewed by: adam
11 Comment(s)
Andy said...
I haven't seen this yet. I've wanted to watch it and someone keeps saying he wants to watch it again but we never do and now it seems we never will.
Adam said...
Still one of the greatest films ever. Seeing Ripley and the Aliens show up during the Oscars montages last night got me pumped up
Shea said...
I agree...

I introduced this film to Andy the other night...he didnt like it...son of a...
Nick said...
Definitely better than the original. "Get away from her, you bitch!"
Paul said...
I agree Nick. Much like the first Terminator, Alien was groundbreaking...a movie that will always be considered a classic. However, Aliens, much like T2, has stood the test of time to become a classic action/sci-fi movie, that could easily be watched for the first time today and be considered great.

The environments, the characters, the terror of the situation that are created here are all outstanding. According to Adam, start looking forward to the new video game about the Space Marines...think the Force Unleashed in the Aliens universe.
Adam said...
Aliens is by far one of my favorite films of all time. It is epic in every facet and aspect of filmmaking. first off, it's a sequel that actually advances the story of the main character w/o throwing out a "redo" scenario where everything from the first film is shot all to hell and we're basically starting over again.

Then there's the inclusion of amazing new characters that deepen and enrich the story in a way that even the crew of the Nostromo in Alien couldn't.

The sets and backdrops are so tangible -I can feel Hudson patch in to the outer door.I can feel the red lights of medical shine on my skin - I can imagine the complete horror of coming face to face with a facehugger... the terror of the full-grown drone,and the absolute shock of the monstrous queen...

The acting, direction, writing - everything is flawless. You can tell a piece is flawless when you can't imagine things happening any other way, and that's something that always stands out to me with Aliens.

It's iconic - classic and still an amazing film worthy of respect from even the moderate film fan.

I can also quote every single damn line in this movie...

here's a random one from Ferro, the pilot:

"Where's the damn beacon? I see it - there it is.We're in the pipe - five by five!"
Squib said...
Didn't have time to read the whole review. The dissertation is killing me. All I have to say is that Alien is FAR superior to the sequel. It was ground breaking. It has even been billed as the scariest movie of all time...not sure I agree. However, it is definitely in my Sci Fi top five which is heavily filled with Star Wars Episodes. Oh yeah...Terminator is way better than T2.
Shea said...
There is Ben again with his T1 better than T2 ish...i bet he would say Wyatt Earp was better than Tombstone too.. ;)
Nick said...
Whoa... T1 better than T2? No way. I can see somebody arguing (if they had a really good argument) as to why Alien is better than Aliens... but no way for T1 better than T2.
Adam said...
Alien was groundbreaking, there's no doubt about that - it created the lived-in universe and all that jazz but essentially, it was just Texas Chainsaw Massacre in space...

Aliens was just as groundbreaking on multiple different levels - the technical breakthroughs alone would outweigh Alien for me. There was more to sink your teeth into - the mythology grew, and when that happens - no matter what film, the story is always superior in contrast to the original: Empire Strikes Back - Terminator 2... hello!
* (asterisk) said...
T1 is better than T2, in the respect of being a more tightly tuned package. T2 is too elongated and filled with unnecessary stuff. Though of course T2 is better made.