Alien is a classic, but what about its sequel? Sequels usually suck but director James Cameron (Titanic, The Terminator) delivers a movie that is just as scary and more action packed then its predecessor, and in the long run, more fun to watch. This time, in the smartly-named Aliens, Ripley (Signourey Weaver) knows what the threat is but is forced to return once again, fifty years after the last incident. What other movie manages to have the same main character with a fifty year time gap?
A colony has been constructed over the area where the aliens once were, and Ripley knows that the reason for the communication silence is because all of the humans are dead. She goes there with a group of commandoes and they, like expected, find a bunch of bodies, most of them containing aliens.
Of course, to make matters worse, a scientist has been instructed to bring one of the aliens back for research, preferably in one of the crew's bodies. This adds some conflict between the characters as well as a battle with the aliens.
The best part about Aliens over Alien is that Aliens has a whole army of aliens, while Alien only had one. Cameron is able to create more suspense because not only can you kill them and not be finished but the aliens can flank you from all sides. The little radar device the soldiers use is really brought into effect in this movie, where they can hear and see the aliens on the machine but have no clue where they are coming from.
Acting is once again superb and the ending is awesome. There is some similarities between the two endings but Aliens' ending is far enough different that it holds it own. Alien is a classic, but so is Aliens.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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