Friday, 1 March 2013

Aliens Review (Updated)


Release Date: 6th November 1986 - Australia

Production Companies
20th Century Fox
Brandywine Productions

20th Century Fox Australia

Genre: Sci-Fi

Rating: M

Runtime: 132 minutes
               154 minutes
               (special edition)

Budget: $18,000,000

Box Office Gross: $131,060,248

Plot Summary
The only survivor of the
Nostromo's deadly encounter
with the alien, Ripley's
escape pod floats in space
for 57 years. After being
rescued, Ripley is stunned
when her story is met with
disbelief. Then all
communication is lost with
the colonists who've settled
on the alien planet. When
the Company asks Ripley to
accompany a team of high-
tech colonial Marines back
to LV-426, she refuses. But
she ultimately realizes that
the only way to banish her
fear is to confront it head on.

Sigourney Weaver - Ellen Ripley
Michael Biehn - Cpl. Dwayne
Carrie Henn - Rebecca 'Newt'
Paul Reiser - Carter Burke
Lance Henriksen - Bishop
Jenette Goldstein - Private
Jenette Vasquez
William Hope - Lt. William Gorman
Al Matthews - Sgt. Al Apone
Bill Paxton - Private William

Story/Screenplay/Queen Alien
Designer (Uncredited)/Director -
James Cameron
Based on Characters - Dan
O'Bannon & Ronald Shusett
Story/Executive Producers -
David Giler & Walter Hill
Producer - Gale Anne Hurd
Production Designer - Peter Lamont
Conceptual Designer - Ron Cobb
Conceptual Artist - Syd Mead
Original Alien Designer - H.R. Giger
Director of Photography - Adrian Biddle
Alien Effects Creator/Second Unit Director -
Stan Winston
Special Effects Supervisor - John Richardson
Visual Effects Supervisors - Dennis
& Robert Skotak
Film Editor - Ray Lovejoy
Music - James Horner


1987 Academy Awards
Best Sound Editing - Don Sharpe (Won)
Best Visual Effects - John Richardson,
Dennis Skotak, Stan Winston &
Suzanne M. Benson (Won)
Best Actress - Sigourney Weaver (Nominated)
Best Art Direction-Set Decoration - Peter Lamont
& Crispian Sallis (Nominated)
Best Sound Effects - Graham V. Hartstone,
Nicolas Le Messuirer, Michael A. Carter
& Roy Charman (Nominated)
Best Film Editing - Ray Lovejoy (Nominated)
Best Original Score - James Horner (Nominated)

It's hard to think that ALIENS might be the best sequel to Ridley Scott's ALIEN (click here), it's very completely different and matches up to the predecessor, mostly because of the direction by James Cameron. He added the action violence and then took a few inspirations out of STARSHIP TROOPERS which is only the book. It still has the intensity and the scariness on the inside that is part of the series formula and I subscribe to the details that were in ALIENS like Sigourney Weaver's continuation of her acting as Ripley, great moments including where Ripley is fighting against the Alien Queen, substantial performances by Lance Henriksen, Michael Biehn and Bill Paxton.

Personally, I feel ALIENS is a great James Cameron classic that has the loyal appreciation of the fans and it's a speciality.

Star rating: (4/5) Good Movie

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