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2013 Fourteen Days of Halloween Part Nine: Aliens (1986)

Posted by invizweb on October 26, 2013

File:Aliens poster.jpg

courtesy of Wikipedia

Director:  James Cameron

Starring:  Sigourney Weaver, Carrie Henn, Lance Henriksen, Michael Biehn, Paul Reiser, Jeanette Goldstein, William Hope, and Bill Paxton

Based on:  characters by Dan O’ Bannon and Ronald Shusett

Producer:  Gale Anne Hurd, David Giler, Water Hill, and Gordon Carroll

Studio(s):  Brandywine Productions, and SLM Production Group

Distributor:  20th Century Fox

Run Time: 2 hr  17 Minutes (137 Minutes)

I waited with baited breath when I was about to watch the original Alien.  I mean I heard so much good stuff about it.  Yet, I was somewhat disappointed with the film’s slow pace.  I understand that it is a great film but it is not perfect as some would think.  Maybe a *** 3/4 to a ****.  The first sequel, however, is another story.  Set 57 years  after the original, Ellen Ripley awakes from cryogenic sleep to find her account of the disaster she survived dismissed.  That is until the site of the original loses contact with the civilized universe.  Many describe the film as a sci-fi action movie with horror elements.  I would like to think its a monster horror flick with adventure elements hence (the triumphant music in numerous scenes).   Some campy sound effects aside, the xenomorphs were sights to be behold and one of the best special effects in film history.  The build to them was great with hardly a live free-range one in the first hour.  Henriksen, Goldsten, and Weaver delivered some of the best acting in any film.  Even when walking around in her underwear during the dormitory scenes, it is refreshing to see a kick-ass female hero not sexualized.   The sets and other designs by H.R. Giger were breathtaking.  Overall, this is seriously some good stuff.

**** 1/2

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