Movies, Science fiction
5 out of 5 stars
(1user review)

Fifty-seven years on, Ripley is discovered - Sleeping Beauty in space. Plagued by nightmares and surrounded by sceptics, she's forced to return to the resting place of the original alien's mother ship with a bunch of seen-it-all-before Marines. Confidently directed by James Cameron (heretofore known only for The Terminator and Piranha II), this sequel dares to build slowly, allowing Weaver to develop a multi-dimensional character even as it ups the ante by fetishising the Marines' hi-tech hardware and spawning legions of aliens (the suspense involves guessing which group will be cannon fodder). There is always an interesting tension in Cameron's work between masculine and feminine qualities. When it finally hits the fan here, we're in for the mother of all battles.

Release details

Release date:
Friday July 18 1986
137 mins

Cast and crew

James Cameron
James Cameron
Paul Reiser
Lance Henriksen
Sigourney Weaver
Michael Biehn
Bill Paxton
Carrie Henn

Average User Rating

5 / 5

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Definitely one of the all time greats.  While the first Alien was amazing in terms of horror and suspense, this movie took the Ripley and the whole alien universe and put it into an action setting.  It also adds new and interesting characters, in particular the marine unit that accompanies Ripley during her second interaction with the title characters.  Horror and action fans alike can probably agree that the movie is fun, exciting, and funny at times (Bill Paxton's character is fantastic).  And even though the movie came out about 30 years ago, it still holds up for me whenever I watch it now.  A must see dvd or cable tv watch whenever it is on.