6 - Decently-made and undeniably influential to a tremendous degree. Still, I can't say anything about it made much of an impression on me apart from Bishop, who was awesome. The mystique surrounding the original alien was completely destroyed, and the former film's tension was discarded in favor of competent yet unremarkable action. Scott's mise en scéne and attention to detail were nowhere to be seen, either.
The argument of art house as superior to blockbuster is absurd. Crafting a great blockbuster is an art form itself, and often the end result is greater than any Sundance bullshit. Case in point: Aliens. It has perfect pacing, perfect plotting, perfect editing, perfect action sequences, and, most importantly, a perfect fucking alien!
The sequel by which all sequels are measured. Its execution ingeniously mirrors the original but adds so many layers of fresh aesthetics, characters, dialogue, and scenarios, that it's hardly recognizable, and far more entertaining. What really sets Aliens apart is Cameron's obsessive desire to keep his sci-fi grounded in reality & his unforgettable dialogue which inspired everything since and has yet to be surpassed
I admire Ridley Scott's Alien for its thoughtfulness and its willingness to take the time to develop its characters and a real, palpable sense of danger. This, however, is what happens when you let James "the perpetual adolescent" Cameron direct the sequel. It's bigger, louder and a whoooole lot dumber. Recommended if you're a 13 year old boy who loves BiG GunZ and explosions. Good God, I f#$@ing hate this movie.
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
Una vera rivelazione e ottimo promemoria personale: bisognerebbe sempre rivedere i film dopo tanti anni per smentire certi pregiudizi. Se il capostipite di Scott è per molti versi inarrivabile, Aliens sfoggia un impianto visivo di primo livello: la regia di Cameron è solo la ciliegina su una torta a base di montaggio, fotografia e scenografia strepitose. Ottimo anche il cast, con una Sigourney Weaver sublime.
Don't know why I waited so long to watch this, but I loved it. Prefer it over the original Alien and think this has to be the finest action-thriller of the 1980s. Cameron really makes madness and chaos of the whole situation come across from the first time the Marines head out. Probably the finest film of Cameron's career.