""That's it, man. Game Over man! Game Over! What the f*ck are we gonna do now? What are we gonna do?!"
"Maybe we can, build a fire, sing a couple of songs, huh?! Why don't we try!"
"We'd better get back 'cause it'll be dark soon and they mostly come at night. Mostly.""— Private Hudson, Corporal Hicks, and Newt, after the dropship was crashed and destroyed
Aliens (or fontlized as A L I E N S) is a 1986 science fiction action horror movie. It was directed and written by James Cameron, conceived by James Cameron, David Giler, and Walter Hill, filmed by Adrian Briddle, edited by Ray Lovejoy, produced by Gale Ann Hurd and Brandywine Productions, starred Sigourney Weaver, and distributed by 20th Century Fox.
57 years after the events of the first film, Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) is woken up from her cryosleep and finds out that LV-426, where she and the Nostromo crew makes contact with the Alien that slaughtered them, has been colonized. However, contact with the colony has been lost, and she has been asked to accompany a squad of Colonial Marines to investigate what happened. But even with their heavy firepower, the Colonial Marines may not be ready to face the horrors that await them...
Why It Rocks
- It's incredibly intense because of the new tone.
- Just like the first movie, Ripley is a really likable and strong character.
- Likable side characters like Vasquez, Hicks, Hudson, Sergeant Apone, and Drake are very interesting and fun to watch.
- The film has a rollercoaster ride of violence.
- Excellent practical effects for the Xenomorphs in the movie.
- On the topic of effects, the Alien Queen. She is the biggest puppet ever made for a film and required several people to operate, creating a terrifying creature in the process.
- An incredibly suspenseful soundtrack that fits the tone of the movie.
- It has good acting from the main cast as well as the supporting cast.
- The Xenomorphs pack much more of a visceral punch than the first Alien movie.
- Astounding and funny catchphrases such as Game Over, Man! Game Over!.
- An amazing story that follows up on the original film.
- Helped popularize the space marine trope in later science-fiction media, along with the usage of kinetic weapons in the genre.
- It has wonderful cinematography that also fits the movie's tone.
- Sigourney Weaver is an absolute badass. Even more so than the first film.
- Jeanette Goldstein was awesome as Vasquez.
- Great direction by James Cameron, who also directed the first two Terminator films, True Lies, Titanic and Avatar.
- Some of the side characters like Private Frost, Corporal Ferro, and Private Spunkmeyer don't get enough screentime to be as interesting as some of the other characters.
- Carter J. Burke is VERY unlikeable.
Like Alien, the movie was a commercial success, grossing anywhere between $131 million to $183 million against an $18 million budget.
The film has a 97% "fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and Roger Ebert gave it 3.5 out of 4 stars. It is also considered by some to be better than the first film. The film won the Saturn Awards for Science Fiction Film, Best Actress for Sigourney Weaver, Best Director and Best Writing for James Cameron, among many others, as well as two Academy Awards: Best Sound Editing for Don Sharpe and Best Visual Effects for Robert Skotak, Stan Winston, John Richardson and Suzanne Benson.