Aliens (1986)

Its been years since the horrific events that transpired on board the Nostromo. Ellen Ripley (Weaver), the lone surviving crew member of the Nostromo, has been aboard an escape vessel and has been floating across space in deep stasis for 57 long years until finally being salvaged by the corporation she works for. After her executives dismiss her accounts as a joke, Ripley is suspended. Days later, she is called to duty by representatives of the Colonial Marines, who seek her advice regarding planet LV-426, where they have lost all contact with an experimental colony that has been living on the planet for the last 20 years. Ripley initially declines, but second guesses on passing up the oppurtunity to head back to the alien nesting grounds and facing the fear that has been haunting her in recent time.

“Aliens” is the second installment in the series of film and is a direct sequel to the 1979 science fiction film “Alien” directed by Ridley Scott. This second installment of the series is written and directed by Canadian sci-fi maestro, James Cameron. The film continues to follow its lead, Ellen Ripley as she decides to head back to the alien planet to face her fears. This time around though, Ripley is accompanied by a group of trigger happy Colonial Marines. The film was nominated in several categories for Music, Sound Effects, Visual Effects, Art Direction, and Set Design.

I guess its no surprise that Sigourney Weaver is casted back in her iconic role as Ellen RIpley. Her efforts again noticed, this time receiving Academy Award and Golden Globe Award nods for Best Actress. The marines on cast were a nice touch, and we get comical performances from Michael Biehn, Bill Paxton, Jennette Goldstein, and Ricco Ross. Carrie Henn, who plays the little girl ‘Newt’ also lends a surprisingly good performance.

This has to be the installment I remember then most. Very entertaining. James Cameron’s “Aliens”, is arguably the best installment in the series. Its much more explosive and action-packed than its predecessor or any of the two installments that followed. The story is very well written by James Cameron, who also decided to “open up” the character of Ellen Ripley, remolding her from when we first met her as the macho strong willed 3rd officer of the Nostromo in Ridley Scott’s “Alien (1979)”, to the a more softer and mother-like protector with a pretty vague love interest in Corporal Hicks, here in the second. The horror aspect is also heightened, adding more alien villains to panic to instead of just one. Throw in a group of bad-ass marines and their heavy artillery, and you have one action-packed alien warfare.

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