100 GREATEST FILMS – ALIENS

by Brek the David


Aliens (1986) – Dir: James Cameron Screenplay: James Cameron Cast and Crew: Sigourney Weaver, Carrie Henn, Michael Biehn, Bill Paxton, Paul Reiser. Oscar Count (2) – Sound Effects Editing and Visual Effects

“Ripley: I say we take off and nuke the entire site from orbit. It’s the only way to be sure.
Hudson: Fuckin’ A…”

One of the better sequels of all time, Aliens is one of the few James Cameron films I can stomach. Actually, I adore this film. Part sci-fi, part thriller, part horror, part action flick, Aliens takes us on a wild roller coaster that ends with the greatest cat fight of all time.

Haunted by the memories of barely surviving her first encounter with the xenomorph that wiped out her crew, Ridley joins a military expedition to find out what happened to a mining colony in deep space. Quickly we’re introduced to the space marines and endeared to their various personalities. That’s a big part of why Aliens works so well, the unforgettable characters. Unfortunately, since they’re fighting Aliens, more than half the cast is killed within the first thirty minutes or so. It’s necessary of course because we need to be shown just how deadly the Aliens are. And there have not been many deadlier antagonists in the history of film.

Suspenseful, exciting, often frightening, with just enough comic relief, Aliens is about as perfect a thriller as can be.

STANDOUT PERFORMANCE: Sigourney Weaver is almost always solid, and she’s great as Ridley, but Bill Paxton steals the show as Hudson, a wise cracking, scared shitless space marine. He’s no coward though despite the things he says. When shit hits the fan, you want Hudson getting your back.

DID YOU KNOW? He may have taken some knocks for his capabilities as a writer for the screen but Sigourney Weaver was so impressed by Cameron’s screenplay for Aliens that she agreed to reprise her role despite stating multiple times that she never wanted to take part in a sequel.



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