MovieRob’s Birthday Bash of Favorites 2021 (#48 of 48) – Aliens (1986) – Encore Review

January is my birthday month, so I decided that I would try and do something quite unique and special for this milestone in my life. I will be turning 47, so I decided to watch 48 (47+1 for good luck) of my all time favorite movies in a random order over the course of this month.  I have reviewed every one of these films already, but I will now give new perspectives on them all. Every one of these films received a 10/10 scoring from me.  Some of these reviews will contain spoilers so if you have never seen them before, I recommend that you read some of my previous reviews of the film that were spoiler free before reading on…

Hope you enjoy!

This is film #48 of the 48.

Let’s continue with… 

Initial Viewing Memories – Saw this on cable when it came out and was fascinated with the story the characters and mostly the way that they take this theme places no one could expect.

“Did IQs just drop sharply while I was away?” – Ripley

Number of Times Seen – Too many to count (cable in the 80’s, video, DVD, 16 Sep 2015 and 31 Jan 2021)

Link to original reviewHere

Brief Synopsis – Six decades after the events of the previous film, Ripley is awoke fro hibernation and must travel back to the now colonized planet in order to help discover why all communication has been cut off.

My Take on it – Amazing sequel that is so much more thriller than the original.  Sigourney Weaver is superb in this film and this is the film that truly made her a star.  She also became the very first woman to be nominated for an Oscar for a role in a sci-fi action film.  The characters and story are so much fun to watch and they are able to give us a thrilling and fascinating sci-fi film.  The special effects are great and this is further proof of how innovative and great a director James Cameron can be because he uses the effects to enhance the story instead of just having them there for the other-worldly look of it all.  The cast is great and they all help make things so much fun and excited because of their diverse characteristics along the way. The film does a superb job keeping things really suspenseful the whole way through.  This film is able to show the potential of the genre and opened lots of doors for some great ideas.  The dialogue is quite quotable and the late Bill Paxton, who was a Cameron stable gets most of the best lines anyway. Highly Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Like most films, the movie wasn’t shot in sequence. But for added realism, James Cameron filmed the scene where we first meet the Colonial Marines (one of the earliest scenes) last. This was so that the camaraderie of the Marines was realistic because the actors had spent months filming together. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (10/10) (no change from original review)


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