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Aliens is directed by James Cameron, and it stars Sigourney Weaver, Lance Henriksen, Michael Biehn, Carrie Henn, and Bill Paxton. It is a sequel to the 1979 film, Alien, and since its release, it has been regarded as one of the best sequels of all time. The plot involves Ripley traveling back to the moon where the first alien was discovered. However, this time she's with a military team, and they're investigating the loss of communication with a colony there.
Aliens, just like its predecessor, definitely lives up to all of the hype surrounding it. The film was definitely a sequel to Alien, but it felt completely different from the first film, and I loved every moment of it. Aliens is the type of sequel that you can sit down and watch without needing to watch the first one immediately before it. As long as you have seen the first one at some point, you can really enjoy this movie. This is a very standalone story, it doesn't rely on the first film to make you like it. That alone is a feat in itself, but it's made even more amazing considering the film picks up right where the first one left off.
The most notable difference between this film and the first one was the pacing. The first film had a very slow pace. Alien made you feel like you were part of the crew, as it very gradually built up suspense over the course of the film. Aliens, on the other hand, had a much faster pace. This film, while it does have a lot of tension to it, builds it in a much different way. The first one built tension through the fear of the unknown. This one shows you pretty quickly what the threat is, and your dread of what you know is out there is what makes the tension so great.
Sigourney Weaver in this film gave an absolutely fantastic performance in the role of Ellen Ripley. It's interesting to think about her character arc from the beginning of the first film to the end of this one. In the first film, Ripley was just trying to survive. However, in this one, Ripley seems like she is out for revenge. She wants to make sure these aliens never hurt anyone again, so she does everything in her power to make sure that doesn't happen. Weaver was able to portray that incredibly well. Her character in this film was much different from her character in the first film, and it was Weaver's performance that made it believable.
Many people describe this movie as an action film. I'm not sure if I'd go quite that far, though the film does have a lot of action moments in it. At its core, Aliens is a thriller, just like the first one. Though there are many times throughout that it does take action approaches to its situations. So, I'd say this film is an action-thriller because it's so much more than just a straight-forward action film or thriller. It's a perfect mix of both.
When this film has its action sequences, they're extremely well done. There are action scenes in this film (which I remind you came out over thirty years ago) that are leagues better than they are in some films today. The action scenes feel gritty and as realistic as they can be. They really raise the level of overall intensity in the film, and they definitely help to show how serious the situation in this film was.
Like I mentioned earlier, at its core, this film is definitely a thriller. Aliens manages to build just as much tension and suspense as its predecessor, though it does it through completely different means. The first film hid one alien, in this one, we get to see many of them on many occasions. We get really good looks at what they are and how they behave. We get a much better understand of what this crew of people is up against. The action scenes really tie this together, because, through those sequences, we also see what the aliens are capable of, which adds immense amounts of fear into the atmosphere the film creates.
Aliens is definitely one of the best sequels to a film that I've ever seen. It accomplishes that by being different than the original, yet keeping what made the original great at its core. This film is much more action oriented than the first one, yet I still would consider it to be a thriller above all else. It keeps you on the edge of your seat from the moment the crew arrives on that planet to the end of the film. Unlike the first one, it's not the fear of the unknown that gets to you, it's the dread of what you know is out there. I would very highly recommend checking out Aliens. Even if you weren't a big fan of the first one, give this one a shot, it might surprise you.
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