One of the few 'sequels' that work
- Aliens review by RP
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.
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The greatest of all Sci Fi films?
- Aliens review by JD
Aliens is an epic win by Cameron. I could leave it at that.
Its a film that wreaks of his skill and attention to detail. God, that detail. Unlike 90% of Sci Fi's Cameron makes everything and everyone something real. The way the pulse rifle is explained, the auto turrets - even Paxmans excellent comic book style scene during the drop where he details the weapon systems.. It makes it all feel so real.
And talking comic book, the marines are comically over played and almost annoying but, but it brings them to life and you quickly want everyone of them to survive. And Check out there armour. Standerd Marine issue but custom decorated, another awesome detail.
And the Marines and the weapons are just 1 small part of this film, yet that alone puts Aliens amongst the very best action films of all time. Yes, this film can trade blows with the best of horror, sci fi and action independently its that good.
A lot is said about Aliens being relentless action. It isnt. It takes almost an hour to spin up and does have the odd break through the remaining 90 minutes.
I just put it down to how the film sucks you in, then once your in its pummels you senseless. One pro writer explained it well, saying he didnt know how to rate the film as he came out dazed. He was entertained, he was exhausted.
And has any film left behind so many quotes re-used in daily life or so instantly recognizable?
Its an utter masterpeice of sci fi which only has one flaw. It set a bar with a carrot dangling from it that the film industry cant help trying to reach. Needless to say, nobody has even got close.
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