Ripley must return to LV-426 with a team of colonial
marines to rescue colonists and wipe out the alien menace.
Written and Directed by James Cameron
Starring Sigourney Weaver, Carrie Henn, Michael Biehn,
Paul Reiser, Lance Henriksen, Bill Paxton, William Hope,
Jenette Goldstein, Mark Rolston, Al Matthews
Sequel to 1979's Alien
Oscar Wins - Best Sound Editing, Best Visual Effects
Oscar Nominations - Best Actress (Sigourney Weaver),
Best Art Direction, Best Sound Mixing, Best Film Editing,
Best Original Score (James Horner)
Aliens is what happens when you take the mind-bending horror and suspenseful sense of isolation from the first film and combine it with balls to the wall sci-fi action. The result is the best film in the Alien franchise and one of the most memorable sci-fi films ever made. This time, there's hundreds of these monsters that have wiped out the colonists on the planet from the first film, and only Ripley and a team of space marines can destroy them for good. With a killer ensemble and an unforgettable army of remorseless Xenomorph creatures, it's easy to see why Aliens has become a favorite among fans.
The film opens with Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) being rescued by the Weyland-Yutani Corporation after drifting through space in hypersleep for 57 years. In that time, LV-426 has been colonized and nobody believes her wild stories about an alien monster that killed her entire crew. But when the colonists vanish overnight, Ripley has to return to that planet and fight the monsters once again. Sigourney Weaver gives it her all in this film, building on the heroic and strong character we grew to root for in Alien, earning herself an Oscar nom in the process. Joining her are Michael Biehn as the charismatic Corporal Hicks, Paul Reiser as the nefarious businessman Carter Burke, Bill Paxton as the relatable and scared s**tless Private Hudson, and Lance Henriksen as the charming and decent synthetic android Bishop. Overall, the performances are flawless and help make things believable once everything goes to hell.
Aliens features so many iconic moments, from the facehuggers in the locked room to the battle with the Alien Queen. James Cameron took Ridley Scott's masterpiece and perfected it, creating a film that cements itself in three different cult genres. The Alien franchise will never top itself, though it's tried four different times. It's the practical effects, the smart script, the attention to detail, and so much more that round out Aliens as the essential 80's sci-fi flick.