320. Aliens (1986)

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7.5 Cool, but nothing like Alien
  • Acting 8.1
  • Directing 7.7
  • Story 6.8
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Starring: Sigourney Weaver, Michael Biehn, Carrie Henn

Director: James Cameron

Running Time: 137 mins


Aliens is an American film, and the sequel to Alien, about the return of the last survivor of the disaster on the spaceship Nostromo, Ripley, who awakes from a 57 year sleep to find that the distant planet she and her crew found before is now being inhabited, however she tells of the dangers on the planet, and a war between humans and aliens ensues.

Right, I think the best way to give a specific and accurate impression of this film is to talk about it in the order in which it actually happened.

So firstly, this film was very disappointing. I think it took the best part of an hour to actually kick off with any action or actual intrigue for me, so that whole first part of the film was just really boring for me to watch.

After that, it did pick up a little, with the occasional battle scene, and the jumpy aliens (which I have to say were made massively more scary by the incredible CGI used in this film, especially in 1986), however they were still very few and far between, with lengthy dialogues between characters in the middle.

However, the final half an hour was brilliant! There was action, tension, fear, excitement, and blood and guts all around, making it so much more exciting to watch than the previous 2 hours, and I just could not take my eyes off of the screen!

Overall, though I’ll give this a 7.5, because it was very slow and initially boring, although fantastic towards the end, and I’ll also say that this was nowhere near as good as Alien, as it failed to retain that terrifyingly solitary and tense atmosphere that I felt made that seem so good.

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The Mad Movie Man, AKA Anthony Cullen, writes articles and reviews about movies and the world of cinema. Since January 1st, 2013, he has watched and reviewed a movie every day. This is the blog dedicated to the project: www.madmovieman.com