I watched this movie on VHS a long time ago and I still have the tape. As a sci-fi action buff this is the movie that started the whole armed forces versus the alien threat theme. They did it in Doom (albeit with demons), they did it in Duke Nukem, and they even did it in StarCraft. And it's got James Cameron, also responsible for Terminator and Avatar.Sigourney Weaver returns as Ellen Ripley and it's her job to confront her fears regarding the alien threat. With the help of the armed forces, it's up to her to battle the source of the extraterrestrial monstrosities. Who will survive? Who will not? All that will be answered eventually.As Hudson would say, "How do I get out of this chickens--- outfit?"
I have seen a lot of films in my day, and I can say without hesitation that I consider this is the best action film ever made..."Aliens" has it all, suspense, horror, solid acting, cool hardware, breathtaking effects....you name it. The quality of this film is most evident in how well it has aged. If watched today, it does not feel like a 30+ year old movie. In fact, I think it comes off BETTER than most modern releases because it is not infused with the CGI cancer that has become the staple of modern film making, but generally comes off lifeless and uninteresting, like watching a bad cartoon.I won't go into a detailed review of the film, because I imagine everyone who enjoys this sort of genre has already seen it, probably many times.The first time I saw this film in a theater, it had me on the edge of my seat like no other movie has before or since. It is that good...Bill Paxton's character "Hudson" was a classic, with lines that I continue quoting to this day:"Game over MAN! Game over!"If by any chance anyone reads this who has not seen this film, by all means do so. Unfortunately "Aliens" is a film, far more than most, that really NEEDS the immersion of being seen on the big screen. While still good at home, something is definitely lost viewing it that way.I pray this is a film that Hollywood, greedy for money and with few original ideas, never tries to remake. Any attempt to remake this movie today would result in another CGI atrocity that would suck.Enough praise. Simply a great film.
More of a sci-fi/action this time around, it's a squad of fully armed marines against a bunch of aliens. Also Ripley gets to kick some major ass. And it's just as awesome as it sounds! The marines all have different personalities and are quite memorable. Great special effects and numerous quotable lines, help to make this one of the best sci-fi/action movies, and also one of the best sequels ever made!
This has got to be so far the WORST in the series. I am split on this and Alien 3 on which one is worse. First of all there is a cat. I hate cats, deal with it! 2nd is Bill Paxtons WORST role in film. I cannot believe they made an embarrassment of the talent he has in this film. It is one of the cheesiest scifi movies I have EVER seen and I refuse to add it with my blu ray collection. The whole time I watched this I was hoping the cat would get eaten by an alien but nope! The acting was so cheesy I thought I was watching a low budget scifi film the whole time. This installment is pure trash and is def on my top 10 horrible films of all time! Save your brain and eyes from absorbing this terrible peice of cinema. I am so glad I didn't catch this in theaters as I would demand a refund. All copies of this should be burned and I would rather watch the Star Wars holiday special than endure the time I lost of my life watching this. What on earth was James Cameron thinking!!!!?