Aliens (1986)

Directed by James Cameron.  Written by Cameron, Walter Hill and David Giler.  Starring Sigourney Weaver, Michael Biehn, Lance Henriksen, Paul Reiser, Bill Paxton, William Hope, Jenette Goldstein, Carrie Henn and Al Matthews.

Plot: after floating in space for 57 years, Ripley is found alive – at first they don’t believe her story, but when aliens invade a colony of humans in space, they’ll need her to survive.

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Ripley (Weaver) is having a lot of nightmares about the alien when they find her.  So, when there’s a distress call from a colony of humans in space, Ripley is hesitant to go, only agreeing after she’s assured that they’ll kill every single one of the aliens they find.  On the colony, they find one little girl, Newt (Henn) and a shit ton of aliens.  They’re bombarded and many of them die.  But not Ripley, cause she’s a badass and has a lot more fight in her.

In the beginning, like everyone is a dick.  No one believes Ripley and it’s like, how could she possibly make up such a story?  She couldn’t.  But they revoke her pilot’s license anyway and it’s all so stupid.  I did really like the story with Newt though.  I liked seeing Ripley really vulnerable and motherly with the little girl.  DJ liked it, too, but he had other grievances.

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For one, he doesn’t like the whole science behind it.  Or at least he thinks they were missing something.  Like, how did the aliens incubate before they met humans?  How did they get food?  I suppose it’s like the chicken or the egg thing, but he doesn’t like it.  Also, he doesn’t like that humans always have to act so superior to other living creatures.  If we don’t know something we have to kill it, dissect it and study it up.  Like everything is here for our amusement.  And he didn’t even like that in the end Ripley killed the aliens eggs because in his mind the alien queen was saying “you can go as long as you go quietly”.  Me, I’m torn.  I can see both sides of it.  I don’t like killing anything, but I may have needed all of them dead if I was Ripley.

Anyway, we both still actually liked this one more than the first one, which doesn’t happen often.  But Aliens is a pretty awesome movie.

My score: 64.  DJ’s score: 54.

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