Starring Sigourney Weaver, Carrie Henn, Michael Biehn, Paul Reiser, Bill Paxton, Jenette Goldstein, Lance Henriksen
1986 / 137 Minutes / 20th Century Fox

Aliens is like the big dumb jock older brother of Alien who likes to go around smashing things, but underneath it all has a good heart. If James Cameron knows how to do anything, it’s how to write damn good sequels. There’s a lot more ‘splosions, A LOT more characters and a heavier plot this go around.

This boasts another great script and a very ingenious use of body cameras with character names in the corner to help you remember who’s who since there’s like 17 characters all together. The alien effects are a lot better but are still a bit cheesy by today’s standards. This is definitely more of an action movie than horror and I like the tonal shift between the two because it doesn’t feel like you’re just rehashing the first movie’s story, you’re actually getting deeper into it.

Apart from being too long, my main gripe is Newt. Get rid of the kid. Yeah, I know she’s supposed to be a stand-in for Ripley’s daughter and the relationship she never got to have, blah blah. Screaming kids are always annoying. I prefer Jones the cat.

Grade  A-

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