Firmly in my top ten films of all time. ALIENS has been a constant cultural companion since grade school. I had a beloved used copy on VHS that was on constant play/rewind in the old family VCR. Like George Romero's great zombie trilogy, this film forces the viewer to experience and consider a siege mentality. Cameron's film making prowess is on full display here as he crafts the seminal science fiction/action film.
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.
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.
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.
Whereas the first part of the series provides us with an eerie mood piece filled with an air of immanent doom, the second installment fell flat. The performances were so sub par that I just couldn't be bothered by all the rest that the film potentially had to offer.
Aliens, le deuxième opus, a beaucoup vieilli. Si Cameron donne à la Saga un côté mythique, c'est aussi finalement en tirant toutes les plus grosses ficelles du spectacle, du pathos. Il réduit les dialogues au néant, rend visible ce qui n'était que suggéré, transforme l'angoisse en action et réduit le scénario à plus rien. Mais en même temps, il étend le mythe en le rendant accessible.
Overrated. It completely lacks the utter darkness that made the first one so absorbing, substituted by dull contrast and even some washed-out grays; the first half is nothing less than boring, although the action scenes in the second half kind of make up for it.