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Aliens (1986) review

Posted : 10 months, 2 weeks ago on 7 November 2018 07:14

Secuela que tira más a la acción sin despegarse del todo de su toque original. No está a la altura de la primera entrega, aunque mínimo es entretenida. Es decente.

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A classic

Posted : 2 years, 7 months ago on 4 February 2017 08:05

I already saw this movie but since it was a while back and since I had it on DVD, I was quite eager to check it out again. Well, even though many are some huge fans of this movie and would argue that it is superior to its predecessor. to be honest, I have never been completely sold by the damned thing. I mean, every time I watch it, I like it and I'm entertained throughout the whole duration but it never completey blows me away. I have to admit it though, it was visually impressive with a great mood from the beginning until the end and I also enjoyed the way they managed to bring back Ripley to this infected planet. Furthermore, Sigourney Weaver delivered a very strong performance and made Ellen Ripley a fascinating character to follow. So, what was my problem with the damned thing? Well, in my opinion, just like with all the other sequels in this franchise, it is basically a remake of the masterpiece made by Ridley Scott. Sure, they gave it a new look, some impressive action pieces and it felt more like an action flick this time around but, at the end, it basically followed the same plot. Furthermore, except for Ellen Ripley, all the characters were terribly stereotypical and barely interesting. Finally, I thing they tried to add too much humor and, as a result, Bill Paxton was rather cringe-inducing throughout the whole thing. Anyway, even though I don't think it is such a masterpiece, it is still a fine science-fiction picture and it is definitely worth a look, especially if you like the genre. 

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Game Over, Man! Game Over!

Posted : 10 years, 5 months ago on 17 April 2009 12:31

In this sequel to the non-plural installment of the series, Ripley, believe it or not, is back, and this time, she arms herself with some big guns & with an even bigger attitude of instead of squaring off against just one alien, she's taking on a whole hive full of them.
And their momma too.
And these aliens in question are the xenomorphs, a hive-race of deadly double-mouthed acid-blooded slick black visitors who tend to take the role of their hosts quite literally.
For me, this 2nd. chapter to the Aliens saga is the high point of a franchise that features what is, IMO, one of the most unique & simply bad-ass alien life-forms ever produced for film.

This movie has everything that I look forward to in a sci-fi adventure. Suspenseful action, solid story, distinct characters (with great chemistry), great visuals, kick-@ss aliens, a turning plot-twist (we all thought for sure, that Bishop couldn't be trusted), & of course, a catch-phrase that made the entire theatre that I saw this movie in to roar ("Get away from her, you b#tch!").

Mannnn.... I wish I had acid for blood.

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This time it's war.

Posted : 10 years, 10 months ago on 20 November 2008 10:29

Ripley: Just tell me one thing, Burke. You're going out there to destroy them, right? Not to study. Not to bring back. But to wipe them out.
Burke: That's the plan. You have my word on it.
Ripley: All right, I'm in.

The only survivor of the Nostromo, Ripley is discovered in deep sleep half a century later by a salvage ship. When she is taken back to Earth, she learns that a human colony was founded on the same planet where the aliens were first discovered. After contact with the colony is lost, she finds herself sent back to the planet along with a team of warriors bent on destroying the alien menace. Also looking for survivors along the way.

Sigourney Weaver : Ellen Ripley

57 years after the events of the first film, Ellen Ripley is found and awakened from hyper sleep to discover that a terra-forming colony has been set up on LV-426, the planet wherein she and her fellow crew of the mining cargo spaceship Nostromo first encountered the titular aliens. When Earth-based communications loses contact with LV-426, a band of marines are sent to investigate, taking Ripley and a representative from the company that financed the colony, Carter Burke (Paul Reiser) along for the ride.
For the difficult job of following up Ridley Scott's excellent Alien, director James Cameron decided to go a completely different route--to make a fast moving, slightly tongue-in-cheek, boisterous action extravaganza. Remarkably, he was able to do that while still maintaining a stylistic and literary continuity that melds Aliens seamlessly with the first film.

Ripley is given alot more depth in character in this piece, although unfortunately, some of the more signifying scenes were deleted from the theatrical release (View the 2-hour and 37-minute Director's Cut instead). Cameron created Aliens into a grand vision of sorts, where Ripley's heroic efforts, have much more meaning as she's not only fighting, but also fighting to retain a part of her self, of something she lost due to her 57-year slumber. As in the first film, she is still the most intelligent, courageous and resourceful member of the crew.
The marines accompanying Ripley back to LV-426 may be too much of caricatured stereotypes for some tastes, but for anyone more agreeable to that kind of exaggeration, it's a joy to watch.
Bill Paxton and Lance Henriksen, both turn in wonderfully over-the-top performances, at their diametrically opposed ends of the emotional spectrum--Paxton as the spastic surfer/redneck and Henriksen as the intense, moody sage, with a surprising reality and an even more surprising conscience to go along with it. We also get a cigar-chomping Sergeant, a crazy, butch Private, and a complex, pensive Corporal as main characters, and a mysterious, bright young girl, Newt (played by Carrie Henn). Much of the center section of the film focuses on the interaction of these characters, despite the action trappings going on around them.

[pulling out his pump-action shotgun]
Hicks: I like to keep this handy... for close encounters.
Frost: I heard *that.*

James Cameron carries over the crypt/labyrinth motif of the first film Ridley Scott manned; and adds a metaphorical descent into the bowels of hell climax. The action throughout is suspenseful. Aliens contains one of my favorite cat fights in any film. It's also worth noting the influence this film may have had on Paul Verhoeven's Starship Troopers(1997); although admittedly, we could say that Cameron was influenced a bit by the Robert A. Heinlein book, as well. Throughout all of the varied action sequences, as well as the important early scenes of colonists on LV-426; Cameron is able to clearly convey the logistics of very complex sets, so that viewers remain on the edges of their seats.
Cameron's piece was garnered with two Oscars respectively for Best Effects, Visual Effects, and Sound Effects Editing; Rightly so, this films effects are in a word timeless.

Cleverly it must be mentioned: Cameron mirrors Ridley Scott's method from the predecessor Alien; The Aliens result in being so effective because we're not told too much about them, maintaining the mystery and the suspenseful illusion. We only receive glimpses into their physiology, their behavioral patterns and their primal insectoid intelligence. Cameron gives us just enough to become hooked, but not so much that we become overly familiar with the aliens, or start to question the logic behind the film. He also smartly carries over some devices from the first film that were abandoned to an extent, such as the acidic blood of the aliens, and he supplies answers to the few questions that the first film raised, such as why the blood doesn't corrode instruments and objects when a dead alien is examined.

Ripley: Get away from her, you *bitch!*

The main problem with Alien, some have said, was that, as great as it can be, the characterizations were reduced to the minimum (not that it really mattered, with Ridley Scott ensuring the film retained the right pace and suspense throughout). With Aliens, character development is the last thing fans should worry about; Cameron being fully aware of each individual's potential and exploiting it as much as he can. Ripley, whom was just part of an ensemble in the original, is now allowed to carry the whole film, and boy, does she carry it: rarely has there been a more solid, compelling female role in a genre movie like this (the fact that Sigourney Weaver is the only actress, thus far, to have received an Oscar nomination for a science-fiction film is further testament to Aliens' immortality). The supporting cast is equally good, with a multitude of different characters ranging from funny (regular Cameron collaborators Michael Biehn and Bill Paxton) to weird (Lance Henriksen's android Bishop) and bringing something extra to the movie's unique atmosphere.

On a superficial level, it could be said Alien was a horror movie, while the follow-up is an action-oriented piece; this may be true, but one should also notice that every single spectacular battle scene actually oozes tension; never leaving the audience with a pause to breathe or relax. In fact, Cameron has succeeded where many other directors would have failed: he stayed faithful to the originals tone, but managed nonetheless to make the film undeniably his own baby.
Relentlessly creepy, occasionally very violent and consistently compelling, Aliens is a pitch-perfect piece of adult science-fiction. Watch it on a double bill with Scott's version and you will get four hours of genre film-making at its finest.

''We'd better get back, 'cause it'll be dark soon, and they mostly come at night... mostly.''

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Posted : 12 years ago on 31 August 2007 01:55

I absolutely cherish this film!!!

I can't remember a time in my life where this has let me down. I've watched it close to a thousand times and enjoy it thoroughly everytime.

The introduction of the USCM is one of its crowning achievements. The galaxy's most bad ass hombres to ever sail the cosmos. It is an utter shame though they only debut and star in this film.

Alien was superior for its horror connotations but Aliens manages to compliment the series with a spectacular action flick.

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Aliens (1986) review

Posted : 12 years, 3 months ago on 6 June 2007 10:06

One of the greatest science fiction films of all time. Some of the most memorable hard arses ever to grace the big screen. The ultimate in interplanetary house cleaning equipment is shipped off to a doomed colonial planet with which contact has recently been lost.

Cue a testosterone filled pitched battle with the most ferocious alien species in the universe ending with a heroic last stand and desperate rescue attempt as Ripley rampages into the bowels of an alien hive to rescue the last surviving colonial girl on the planet. Non-stop tension, action and humour throughout. These were the days.

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