In this action-packed sequel to Alien, Sigourney Weaver returns as Ripley, the only survivor from mankind's first encounter with the monstrous Alien. Her account of the Alien and the fate of her crew are received with scepticism - until the mysterious disappearance of colonists on LV-426 lead her to join a team of high-tech colonial marines sent in to investigate.
When Alien made an unexpected impact in theatres a sequel was clearly predicted. Many critics thought Alien 2 would be a very bad idea but when the film was actually released they quickly changed their minds.
After destroying the alien that killed all of her crew Ellen Ripley, and her cat, begin making the journey back to earth. But the problem is that their craft has gone off course and Ripley has been floating around in space for 53 years! Luckily a team of astronauts find her and bring her to a huge centre where she receives many odd looks from people who do not believe her story about the alien she faced 53 years ago. But when the centre loses contact with a large group of colonists, living on the planet where Ripley's crew first discovered the alien life form, Ripley is forced to return to the planet along with a determind army of troops. Soon terror breaks loose as Ripley and the troops don't discover one alien but hundreds.
This film is completely action packed. James Cameron knows how to write an action movie and the storyline doesn't get stupid at all. There is no bad acting and although the special effects look a bit dodgy now they don't take away any of the experience. The relationship created between Ripley and Newt is also very clever and convincing!
One of the few 'sequels' that work
- Aliens review by RP
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The first film in the series 'Alien' is a superb 1970s sci-fi film, never bettered, and made the reputations of both Sigourney Weaver and director Ridley Scott. Seven years later along comes the sequel 'Aliens' and a different director, James Cameron. So, was it as good? Or – as most sequels, remakes etc seem doomed to be – a load of old tosh attempting to cash in on a lucrative franchise? Despite its reputation, the original 'Alien' is not a horror film – there is very little on-screen blood and gore with the sole exception of *that* scene. This second film is an action adventure sequel, plenty of running about, shooting, flamethrowers, and of course, nasty aliens. Great fun, highly recommended. 5/5 stars.