Aliens Reviews

  • 15h ago

    Woah there ok, getting a little bit off the rails. Still great visuals but now they added patriotism and meat heads. Let's hope the next one is better.

    Woah there ok, getting a little bit off the rails. Still great visuals but now they added patriotism and meat heads. Let's hope the next one is better.

  • 1d ago

    One of the best(if not the best)sequel in cinema history !it surpasse its predecessor by adding in action ,story,special effect ect....but not the suspense shock and mysterie of the first.

    One of the best(if not the best)sequel in cinema history !it surpasse its predecessor by adding in action ,story,special effect ect....but not the suspense shock and mysterie of the first.

  • 4d ago

    Cameron knocks it out of the park with Aliens! Ripley is back after a 50 year nap to save a colony from ferocious space creatures. A brilliant sequel to Alien!

    Cameron knocks it out of the park with Aliens! Ripley is back after a 50 year nap to save a colony from ferocious space creatures. A brilliant sequel to Alien!

  • May 05, 2021

    9.5/10. While 'Aliens' and it's predecessor different beasts all together, this sequel successfully channels the horror of the original while recontextualizing it in a blockbuster action package. There's no slow burn atmosphere building to be found here, Ridley Scott's attention to detail in every frame is missing. But James Cameron does excellent work of his own, eschewing meticulous artistry for popcorn munching, pulse-pounding splendor, and cerebral subtlety for thrilling, unbound entertainment value. This isn't lowest-common-denominator fair; the action is grounded in a compelling turn from Sigourney Weaver who becomes at once the most sympathetic and relentlessly kick-butt action star of the 80's. While Sly and Arnold may have a higher kill count, neither have played heroes more grounded or vulnerable, and certainly not while bringing fire, determination, and a will to survive so evocatively to their roles. Weaver reprises her roll as Ripley and is given a compelling story; having been found nearly 60 years after the disaster aboard the Nostromo, Ripley deals with PTSD from the event and tries adjusting to a world she does not recognize and without the daughter whom she was not there to raise. She is haunted and broken, but as she returns to the planet where the Xenomorphs where originally found and where there is now an abandoned human colony, she joins a group of marines who quickly realize they are in over their heads with these creatures. The marines, who initially feel more like basic writers-room templates, round into fully-fledged characters as their training fails to protect them. Bill Paxton, who plays Pvt. Hudson, exemplifies this: on the surface his performance may feel a little cheesy, but he honestly nails the dopey, ubermasculine meat head who is horrified, panicked, and useless when his powers of violence are blunted by the alien threat. While his is the most obvious example, the other marines reveal more about their personalities as they deal with the transition from soldier to survivor, becoming sympathetic characters that make their trials feel that much more personal. Weaver, however, rises above the supporting cast as she resurrects Ripley from the ashes of her trauma. Ripley is a survivor who grows through her experiences where others would wilt. Weaver imbues a range of emotion into Ripley, from fear and rage to resolve and love. This is the most dynamic action-hero of the decade played by one of its most dynamic stars. Where there were moments in the original that the Xenomorph broke my suspension of disbelief by clearly looking like a person in a costume (I particularly recall the "jump scare" where the alien reaches out for a hug while squatted in a vent in the fetal position), they looked nothing less than terrifying in ‘Aliens.' The special effects and set pieces are incredible through and through, though there is a little bit lost in some of the art design that was there in the original. It might be that nothing can quite compare to the cavernous, Giger designed ship that the Nostromo crew explored. We are no less treated to variety – from the space station to the colony and finally the hive, great care was put into the locations, set and costume designs. This movie is wildly entertaining: it is packed with suspense and action as the heroes fight for survival but is elevated with great acting and directing that puts characters, themes, and story telling on as high a pedestal as any other aspect of the film. As great an action thriller as ‘Alien' is a horror film, ‘Aliens' is an influential and infinitely watchable triumph.

    9.5/10. While 'Aliens' and it's predecessor different beasts all together, this sequel successfully channels the horror of the original while recontextualizing it in a blockbuster action package. There's no slow burn atmosphere building to be found here, Ridley Scott's attention to detail in every frame is missing. But James Cameron does excellent work of his own, eschewing meticulous artistry for popcorn munching, pulse-pounding splendor, and cerebral subtlety for thrilling, unbound entertainment value. This isn't lowest-common-denominator fair; the action is grounded in a compelling turn from Sigourney Weaver who becomes at once the most sympathetic and relentlessly kick-butt action star of the 80's. While Sly and Arnold may have a higher kill count, neither have played heroes more grounded or vulnerable, and certainly not while bringing fire, determination, and a will to survive so evocatively to their roles. Weaver reprises her roll as Ripley and is given a compelling story; having been found nearly 60 years after the disaster aboard the Nostromo, Ripley deals with PTSD from the event and tries adjusting to a world she does not recognize and without the daughter whom she was not there to raise. She is haunted and broken, but as she returns to the planet where the Xenomorphs where originally found and where there is now an abandoned human colony, she joins a group of marines who quickly realize they are in over their heads with these creatures. The marines, who initially feel more like basic writers-room templates, round into fully-fledged characters as their training fails to protect them. Bill Paxton, who plays Pvt. Hudson, exemplifies this: on the surface his performance may feel a little cheesy, but he honestly nails the dopey, ubermasculine meat head who is horrified, panicked, and useless when his powers of violence are blunted by the alien threat. While his is the most obvious example, the other marines reveal more about their personalities as they deal with the transition from soldier to survivor, becoming sympathetic characters that make their trials feel that much more personal. Weaver, however, rises above the supporting cast as she resurrects Ripley from the ashes of her trauma. Ripley is a survivor who grows through her experiences where others would wilt. Weaver imbues a range of emotion into Ripley, from fear and rage to resolve and love. This is the most dynamic action-hero of the decade played by one of its most dynamic stars. Where there were moments in the original that the Xenomorph broke my suspension of disbelief by clearly looking like a person in a costume (I particularly recall the "jump scare" where the alien reaches out for a hug while squatted in a vent in the fetal position), they looked nothing less than terrifying in ‘Aliens.' The special effects and set pieces are incredible through and through, though there is a little bit lost in some of the art design that was there in the original. It might be that nothing can quite compare to the cavernous, Giger designed ship that the Nostromo crew explored. We are no less treated to variety – from the space station to the colony and finally the hive, great care was put into the locations, set and costume designs. This movie is wildly entertaining: it is packed with suspense and action as the heroes fight for survival but is elevated with great acting and directing that puts characters, themes, and story telling on as high a pedestal as any other aspect of the film. As great an action thriller as ‘Alien' is a horror film, ‘Aliens' is an influential and infinitely watchable triumph.

  • Apr 27, 2021

    Aliens serves and delivers greatly on an already established basis, this time  delivering some hard hitting firepower with the survival horror genre. James Cameron created a sure classic with lots of quotable dialect whilst utilising beautiful visuals. Personal Honorable mention is the Ultimate Badass Bill Paxton!

    Aliens serves and delivers greatly on an already established basis, this time  delivering some hard hitting firepower with the survival horror genre. James Cameron created a sure classic with lots of quotable dialect whilst utilising beautiful visuals. Personal Honorable mention is the Ultimate Badass Bill Paxton!

  • Apr 27, 2021

    I love this movie, may be the best sequel ever made, only other one as good I can think of is T2. Both made by the same guy.

    I love this movie, may be the best sequel ever made, only other one as good I can think of is T2. Both made by the same guy.

  • Apr 23, 2021

    This movie has everything an action movie needs

    This movie has everything an action movie needs

  • Apr 19, 2021

    Unlike Alien, its 1979 predecessor, a slow burn science fiction nightmare of building suspense, Aliens relies more on the visceral thrills of an action thriller, with plenty of explosions and gunfire to keep the audience interested. The characters are not as deeply developed as they were in the original, as the one-dimensional Marines engage in nothing more than tiresome, macho banter from start to finish and the greedy, stereotypical antagonist trying to undermine the entire affair seems like a cardboard cutout. Despite this, it's a well-constructed film with lots of thrills and pyrotechnics, and Ridley (Sigourney Weaver) remains one of the great movie heroines.

    Unlike Alien, its 1979 predecessor, a slow burn science fiction nightmare of building suspense, Aliens relies more on the visceral thrills of an action thriller, with plenty of explosions and gunfire to keep the audience interested. The characters are not as deeply developed as they were in the original, as the one-dimensional Marines engage in nothing more than tiresome, macho banter from start to finish and the greedy, stereotypical antagonist trying to undermine the entire affair seems like a cardboard cutout. Despite this, it's a well-constructed film with lots of thrills and pyrotechnics, and Ridley (Sigourney Weaver) remains one of the great movie heroines.

  • Apr 09, 2021

    One of James Cameron's best movies.

    One of James Cameron's best movies.

  • Apr 02, 2021

    Faster paced than it's predecessor, this movie has enough firepower to keep you engaged. It also explains Ridley Scott can make sequels and a franchise out of a horror film.

    Faster paced than it's predecessor, this movie has enough firepower to keep you engaged. It also explains Ridley Scott can make sequels and a franchise out of a horror film.