Critic Consensus: While Alien was a marvel of slow-building, atmospheric tension, Aliens packs a much more visceral punch, and features a typically strong performance from Sigourney Weaver.
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Critic Reviews for Aliens
Scene to scene, encounter to encounter, its tension builds unrelentingly. So, fasten your seat belts. It`s a blast.
[Aliens] is a spectacular example of state-of-the-art science fiction simply because it never tries to be overtly spectacular.
It's blaster action, not Gothic future-horror. Fortunately, director-screenwriter James Cameron has shaped his film around the defiant intelligence and sensual athleticism of Weaver, and that's where Aliens works best.
This film is also the best monster movie of the year and the best picture of any kind to open so far this summer. Put it another way: Aliens is the Jaws of the '80s.
Action thrillers assail but rarely test us; this is the tautest, most provoking, and altogether most draining example ever made.
Audience Reviews for Aliens
While the first film focused on creating an atmosphere of pure tension, this sequel is much more action-oriented, even if its first hour is actually very slow - and instead of one alien, Cameron has now a horde of goo-spewing, acid-blood creatures to scare the audience to death.
Director James Cameron's 1986 blockbuster follow-up to Ridley Scott's Oscar winning science-fiction/horror flick that became one of the biggest grossing films of 1979 asks a good question to a successful hit.....How do you make a successful sequel to a film in which much of the suspense comes from learning about the mysterious monster? The Answer? Make a lot of scary monsters,and this time around have our heroine armed to the teeth with an array of weapons ready to take them on and face an all out war against them including the "Mother" of all aliens! "This time,its war,"was the tagline and Aliens went on to become one of the biggest blockbuster films of 1986 and not to mention ending up being nominated for Seven Oscars including a Best Actress nomination for Sigourney Weaver and winning two Oscars for Sound Effects Editing and Special Visual Effects. Filled with quotable lines("They mostly come at night.....mostly),and great character performances including scenes of wall to wall action galore and the ultimate showdown with the heroine and the Mother that brought audiences to there feet when "Aliens" became the runaway hit of 1986. "Aliens" cemented Sigourney Weaver's place as an female action star as well as a boxoffice magnet-draw while it also gave James Cameron a stepping stone as one of the most innovative filmmakers of the 1980's,a position he's managed to hold well into the new millennium considering giving ALIENS not one of the best films of the 1980's,but opened up a new genre in the science fiction/action-adventure genre ...a title that holds up well 30 years later. ALIENS opened in 1,437 theaters nationwide on July 18,1986 and it went to an opening gross of $6.9 million and a opening weekend gross of $10 million. It was the Number One movie at the box-office for four consecutive weeks grossing more than $85.1 million becoming the seventh highest grossing film of 1986 taking in an astounding $180 million at the boxoffice to become the highest grossing "R" rated movie of all time. Even 30 years later it still packs a visceral punch.
I liked this more than the first one. Simply a rocking movie & I do recommend it to watch. But you need to watch the first one to get the general idea about the story line.
|Ellen Ripley:||Show me everything.|
|Carter Burke:||I made a bad call.|
|Newt:||Ripley, she doesn't have bad dreams because she's a doll.|
|Cpl. Dwayne Hicks:||It doesn't mean we're engaged or anything.|