20th Century Fox Released 1986



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James Cameron

The movie follows Ellen Ripley, the sole survivor of the massacre on the space freighter Nostromo, after she has been rescued from her hyper sleep fifty-seven years after the incident. Though her story and the proof of Nostromo's destruction shows that something did go on with the acidic bleeding and murderous aliens as the predators, her bosses, the Weyland-Yutani Corp, Ripley is stripped of her license and sent on her way. However, when the terraformed colony original housing the alien eggs goes off-line, she joins the crew of Colonial Marines in order to face her fears and prove her story. The heavily-armed troop, including Corporal Hicks, Lieutenant Gorman, Sergeant Al Apone, Private Hudson, and the android Bishop, find the colony barren with the colonists in the aliens nest with only the little girl Newt running free. As the Marines are slowly picked off one-by-one, Ripley discovers just why corporate lawyer Carter Burke stops them from taking the aliens out for good.


Metacritic Score

  • 88

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    I'm giving the movie a high rating for its skill and professionalism and because it does the job it says it will do. I am also advising you not to eat before you go to see it.

  • 80

    The New York Times

    Under the direction of James (''The Terminator'') Cameron, [the special effects team has] put together a flaming, flashing, crashing, crackling blow-'em-up show that keeps you popp...

  • 80


    James Cameron's vault into the big time after scoring with the exploitation actioner The Terminator makes up for lack of surprise with sheer volume of thrills and chills - emphasis...

  • One of the best movie ever.

    The best chapter of Alien with the first movie.
  • Military based SF.

    At least thats what it appears to be in the sense that a military theme runs through this film whereas in the first one it was not like that. I think it started a trend. In 1987 Predator picked it up with with a military based SF theme that has a group of special forces soldiers being chased around a jungle by an alien. I thought Aliens was a good sequel but I don't like the way military based SF has become such a common form of SF. Good SF novels mostly don't have military themes. Recently there was Battleship & the Battle of Los before that there was Starship Troopers,the Terminator movies also had a strong military theme worked into the sequels... The most important SF film of the modern age is still 2001 A Space Odyssey, which does not have a military theme. The extended recut of Aliens was better than the original theatrical release. I thought the sequel that followed Aliens was not very dynamic and relied too heavily on 'alien as scare factor' when that concept had already lost its punch due to the overexposure of the first two Alien movies by 1990.moreless


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