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10,982 Ratings


Directed by James Cameron
United States, 1986
Sci-Fi, Action


After contact with a colony on a distant planet is lost, Lieutenant Ellen Ripley heads a mission to eradicate the extra-terrestrial lifeform that had previously terrorized her and killed her crew.

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Aliens Directed by James Cameron

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1987 | 2 wins including: Best Effects, Sound Effects Editing

1987 | 5 nominations including: Best Actress in a Leading Role

BAFTA Awards

1987 | Winner: Best Special Visual Effects

1987 | 3 nominations including: Best Make Up Artist

Golden Globes (USA)

1987 | Nominee: Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama

Thirty years hasn’t dimmed its feverishness. If anything, this intensity stands out now more than ever in the age of the weekly blockbuster that’s forgotten by the time one hits the bottom of the popcorn bucket. Aliens is an unhinged daydream of warfare, a film that’s either profoundly unselfconscious or incredibly open about the inconsistencies of its political implications. Or most likely both. In the tradition of all fetishists, Cameron serves the fetish above rational concerns.
July 19, 2016
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The film’s obsession with weapons, hardware, and machismo all scream the ’80s as well, in a decade that was heartily marked by all three of those qualities, both in movies and in the wider world. What Cameron adds to the table, in still-thrilling style, is just enough self-awareness to offer a female heroine that suggests a different path for the genre, one that would pave the way for the Jason Bournes and Imperator Furiosas of today.
July 18, 2016
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Maybe the best place to start with Aliens is its conceptual audacity. James Cameron made a sequel to one of the great modern horror movies, and turned it into an action film. In Alien, a single creature took out the crew of an entire space vessel, leaving just Ripley standing. Sequels by nature demand an upping of the ante, and multiple aliens perhaps naturally suggest a shift in emphasis from horror to action, but the degree to which Cameron veers in that direction is startling.
June 18, 2015
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