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3.9
10,497 Ratings

Aliens

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

Synopsis

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

Kinema Junpo Awards

1987 | Winner: Best Foreign Language Film (Readers' Choice Award)

What are people saying?

  • Addy K.'s rating of the film Aliens

    Cameron's grasp of film craft is equally matched by his understanding of what viewers want from a "movie": story, suspense, exaltation. While Ridley's ALIEN is dark, sexy, space horror; Cameron's sequel is a rousing tale of high adventure, militaristic fetishizing and family bonding. There's a smoothness to it, how it subversively forges Ripley into the hero: at once a leader of men yet always feminine. A classic.

  • Richmond Hill's rating of the film Aliens

    A noisy assemblage of hardware and gloop. The script is minimal - seemingly composed of contrived locker-room banter by unappealing soldiers - but it cuts a straight trajectory and knows exactly where it's going (back to the start in fact) navigated with gutsy confidence.

  • Duncan Gray's rating of the film Aliens

    Seen at the Aero in a tribute to Bill Paxton, who was invited to steal every scene he's in. It was a place to be—the crowd cheered every iconic moment. Cameron can make this kind of movie better, tighter, and more exhilirating than almost anyone, even if the movie means nothing. But I left convinced that Alien is the better film. Double bill them, and all that's unspoken and unsettling in part 1 will end up deflated.

  • Igor Ramos's rating of the film Aliens

    Damn, this is what a proper sequel should be like. It's like "Alien" on steroids: more fire power, bigger sets, more aliens and even Ripley grows in complexity: the motherhood plot shows us a more vulnerable side of the character but also makes her tougher and more fearless in order to protect Newt. The introduction of the Queen was a smart parallelism, and the longer special edition doesn't get boring for a second.

  • msmichel's rating of the film Aliens

    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!"

  • HKFanatic's rating of the film Aliens

    I'm going to go against the grain (or at least Cameron) and say that the theatrical cut is superior to the director's cut. The bit about Ripley's daughter is much needed but I find it more intriguing when we don't see Hadley's Hope until the marines arrive there. And the whole turret gun sequence makes the aliens seem, well, dumb, when we know they are anything but. I will say the blu-ray looks immaculate.

  • Roberto Russo's rating of the film Aliens

    Not as good as the first, which was artisticaly superior, thanks to Ridley Scott's attention to the details and great direction. But Aliens certainly is one of the best action flicks ever made, with Cameron's fuck ups or not. Watching it again was an adventure through my childhood's worst nightmares.

  • L.A.™'s rating of the film Aliens

    Action never looked this good. To say that Cameron topped Scott is foolished. But he definitely gave the series a huge jolt of adrenaline. One of the few great sequels. Not to mention great performances from its entire cast.