Aliens

dir. James Cameron

Series - Retrospective

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Terminator director James Cameron forgoes horror for heavy artillery in this relentless, guns-blazing sequel to Alien.

Retrieved from a drifting escape pod where she has been held in suspended animation for fifty-seven years, a revived Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) is persuaded to return to the planet where her former ship picked up the alien, as the human colony since established on the distant world has suddenly gone mysteriously silent. Arriving at the colony with a platoon of tough space marines, Ripley finds that a plucky young girl (Carrie Henn) is the sole survivor — aside from literally hundreds of hungry, slavering xenomorphs. Terminator director James Cameron forgoes horror for heavy artillery in this relentless, guns-blazing sequel to Alien, which transposes a Lost Patrol-style war movie to outer space to brilliant effect. Weaver cemented her tough-mother image in her second go-round as Ripley, earning an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress and entering pop-culture Valhalla with her final showdown with the nightmarishly gigantic alien queen.