Dumb but entertaining. James Cameron's fraternal marine dialogue is painful to listen to. You can't help but imagine that Cameron was a reedy, friendless dork in high school who learned everything he knows about how humans communicate from comic books and b-movies. But this isn't exactly My Dinner with Andre, so I'll give him a pass... THIS time.
If the intial film started as a homage to the monster movie Aliens begins as a WWII style marines film. Gone is the sexual undertones replaced by a rip roaring feminist action movie. Weaver's oscar nominated performance here is just magnificient. This was Cameron's first taste of a real budget and every penny showed on screen. Great performances, great effects and oh yes ...."get away from her you bitch!"
This is probably one of the best "sequels" in film history. Although it's incredibly different from Alien, it's a relentless and terrifying sci-fi thriller with LOTS of action. Ripley is, yet again, a total badass, and the whole crew is awesome. This will have you biting your nails the entire time, and just when you think it's over, it really isn't. A must see for any sci-fi nerds because holy shit it's awesome