STARRING: Sigourney Weaver, Carrie Henn,
Michael Biehn, Lance Henrickson, Paul Reiser, Jeanette Goldstein
1986, 137 minutes, Directed by: James Cameron
Description:Sigourney Weaver returns as Ripley, who awakens on Earth only to
discover that she has been hibernating in space so long that everyone she
knows is dead. Then she is talked into traveling (along with a squad of
Marines) to a planet under assault by the same aliens that nearly killed
her. Once she gets there, she finds a lost little girl who triggers her
maternal instincts--and she discovers that the company has once again
double-crossed her, in hopes of capturing one of the aliens to study as a
by many as the best movie in the Alien series. And it definitely
is when pure adrenaline pumping action is the yardstick by which you judge
Boasting more special effects, a much faster plot and lots of
fireworks, this movie is totally different to its predecessor (Alien), pitting
space marines against hordes of vicious aliens.
The first twenty or so
minutes of the movie is merely getting the plot into place - thereafter
it is exhilarating chases through dark corridors as arrogant space marines
get routed by alien monsters.
"Like a macho sneering Dr Strangelove. Ripley keeps muttering 'nuke
them'. . ."
Cameron (who did similar stuff with his
Terminator movie a few years before) knows his
turf: the movie is truly exciting and scary. More like Rambo goes
to outer space than the haunted house in outer space!
Often criticized for its Reaganisms and gung-ho philosophy, there is an admitted Vietnam
analogy. Director Cameron has admitted so much himself: the marines are
brash, arrogant and over-confident. They come armed to the teeth, yet
they quickly get their asses kicked by the aliens. But it is not an Forever
The only one who makes any sense in the movie the whole
time is Ripley, who keeps muttering "Nuke Them" like a macho
sneering Dr Strangelove. Imagine if her sentiments
were ever translated into real political terms! Gulp! But forget all this
and simply sit back and enjoy the roller coaster ride . . .
made many years after the first Alien movie - usually a bad stunt
for any sequel to pull - this one actually did better at the box office
than its predecessor! Followed by Alien 3 in
1992 and Alien Resurrection in 1997.)