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US 137m, Colour
Director: James Cameron; Cast: Sigourney Weaver, Carrie Henn, Michael Biehn, Lance Henriksen, William Hope, Bill Paxton
As a sequel to the science-fiction horror film Alien (1979), Aliens is one of the best movie sequels ever made and the most entertaining and intense science-fiction thriller of all time. While it has many frightening moments, Aliens is less of a horror film and more of an action adventure which follows a team of Colonial Marines who are sent to investigate the colony on LV-426 – the planet where the Aliens were first encountered. Sigourney Weaver’s complex portrayal of Ellen Ripley is brilliant as her character evolves from a frightened and psychologically damaged survivor into an emotionally and physically powerful hero. With first-rate special effects which look as realistic today as they did in 1986, and extreme non-stop action skillfully orchestrated by Cameron, Aliens will continue to thrill audiences for years to come (Klaus Ming February 2011).