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This time it's war.

James Cameron comes out guns blazing as he takes over Ridley Scott's director's chair. Shooting down the tense sci-fi horror of the original film, Cameron instead turns his Alien sequel into a full-on action-adventure which sees the humans (led by a returning Sigourney Weaver) taking the fight to the titular aliens.

Ripley (Weaver), the only surviving crew member of the ship destroyed in Scott's Alien, discovers a planet colony devastated by the familiar, vicious alien life form. One human survives: young Newt (Carrie Henn). As the marines who accompany Ripley are killed off one by one, and an all-female showdown brews between the alien queen and Ripley.

Aliens was nominated for seven 1987 Academy Awards (including Best Actress for Weaver), winning two for Best Sound Effects Editing and Visual Effects.



Best Visual & Sound Effects at the Academy Awards 1987.

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Action, Adventure, Science Fiction


Rating: M contains violence and offensive language


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Chicago Sun-Times (Roger Ebert)


The ads for Aliens claim that this movie will frighten you as few movies have, and, for once, the ads don't lie.

Empire (UK)


Truly great cinema.

New York Times


A flaming, flashing, crashing, crackling blow-'em-up show that keeps you popping from your seat despite your better instincts and the basically conventional scare tactics.

Variety (USA)


Makes up for lack of surprise with sheer volume of thrills and chills.

Aliens - Gets better everytime

How do you follow up a classic such as Ridley Scott's 1979 Alien? Enter James Cameron. Fresh off the success of his own sci-fi classic The Terminator (1984), Cameron, a self confessed fan of Alien, convinced himself he could produce a sequel on par with Scott's 1979 masterpiece.

Scott delivered a movie which is essentially a blueprint for a slasher film. The claustrophobic atmosphere of the Nostromo Spaceship and the extraterrestrial creature proved a deft combination in horrifying the audience.

While Cameron maintained the thrills of the first instalment, Cameron upped the ante, delivering an action-packed feature filled with women empowerment, ridiculously awesome weaponry with terrific set pieces and of course a tour de force performance from Sigourney Weaver as the iconic heroine Ripley.

And with this sequel pulling no punches, Cameron delivered a film on par with the first. A must watch for all.

Sigourney Weaver your the man I mean Woman

Have the box set of these films and although over 25 years old the story is still kick ass if you havent seen this by now go hire the trilogy and see how great Sigourney Weaver is as the heroine