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Films to See Before You Die: #33 Aliens


Aliens (1986)

Director: James Cameron

Cast: Sigourney Weaver, Michael Biehn, Carrie Henn, Paul Reiser

Synopsis: The shuttle containing Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) is found 57 years after the events on the Nostromo, the mining ship that held Ripley and the rest of her crew. When she awakes she is met by Weyland-Yutani executive Carter Burke (Paul Reiser), who debriefs her on her mission and why she blew up such a valuable star ship. When she tells her superiors of a parasitic organism that used a crew member as a host and the resulting creature which is called a Xenomorph nearly wiped out everyone on board. They of course do not believe her and when she urges them to check it out they refuse because they have had a colony on the planet now dubbed LV-426. After a while they lose contact with the settlers on LV-426 Burke asks Ripley to help be an adviser for a team of elite Marines that is going in to assess the situation. Ripley agrees to go only on the condition that she will not directly be exposed to the xenomorphs if there happen to be any there. While they are searching the colony they realize that it is abandoned until they find a young girl named Newt (Carrie Henn) who is the only survivor. The Marines believe they have found the rest of the settlers but instead it is a trap and they are all but wiped out by the xenomorphs with only a few remaining. Now is up to Ripley and Cpl. Hicks (Michael Biehn) to get off the planet alive and nuke the remaining xenomorphs.

Trivia: The Alien nest set was kept intact after filming. It was later used as the Axis Chemicals set for Batman. When the crew of Batman first entered the set, they found most of the Alien nest still intact. Having hired James Cameron to write the screenplay, 20th Century Fox then did the unthinkable when he left the production to direct The Terminator: they agreed to wait for Cameron to become available again and finish the screenplay. Cameron had only completed about 90 pages at that stage, but the studio had loved what he had written so far.

Why I think you should see this: Here is another look at how good of a director James Cameron is with an incredible sequel to Alien. It is hard to believe this movie works so well with the lengthy time between movies and the change of genre but it is just so good. Sigourney Weaver is awesome as Ripley and Michael Biehn does a great job in another one of Cameron’s films. This is a great monster movie and I suggest you check it out sometime.


About Trevor

Hi my name is Trevor and this is my blog! Films are a passion of mine. I am a total film geek. I own over 700 films and the collection is ever growing. I studied Film Studies and Scriptwriting in College. What I have learned about films is mostly self taught.

5 responses to “Films to See Before You Die: #33 Aliens

  1. jmount43 ⋅

    Along with The Godfather Part II, Aliens is one of those rare sequels that surpasses the original film. What’s amazing about that is that the original films were great to begin with.

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  3. Aliens is superb… a rare example of a sequel equalling – or arguably – surpassing the original. Can’t wait for Prometheus!

  4. LOL Whoops… didn’t read jmount43’s comment… but I agree… Alien and Aliens were two different styles so perhaps we shouldn’t compare… but both were excellent…

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