Published May 24, 2014


Film info

  • Title Aliens
  • Director James Cameron
  • Year 1986
  • Run time 2hrs 17m
  • Genres Thriller, Science-Fiction, Action
  • Tagline This time it's war

The terror continues as Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) returns to Earth after drifting through space in hypersleep for 57 years. Although her story about the Alien encounter is met with skepticism, she agrees to accompany a team of high-tech marines back to LV-426... and this time it's war!

Background info

Title: Aliens Director: James Cameron Year: 1986 Run time: 2hrs 17m

Live blog

2:57 - That proximity alert is useless… it bleeps when they’ve pretty much crashed. 6:30 - Mmm, hyper-sleep sounds good. 15:03 - She says no, and she sounds adamant, but it’d be a supremely short film if she stuck by that. 17:24 - That cat is pudgy. I’m sure it wasn’t that fat when it went into hyper-sleep. 25:06 - She didn’t really tell them anything. Pretty poor consultant so far. 28:53 - Those loaders are like early versions of what they built in Pacific Rim. 36:42 - Their guns look heavy. There must be some point where bulk outweighs usefulness in weapons. 49:20 - Hot chocolate can help any situation. Even post-Alien traumatic stress. 57:11 - “What the hell are we supposed to use, harsh language?” 1:01:03 - It’s actually very well done, Ripley’s horrors after the first film. 1:05:09 - The steering on their awesome batmobile is unfathomable. 1:09:44 - “They can bill me.” 1:19:11 - I remember the kid being more annoying than this. 1:24:47 - Bill Paxton turns out to be a big wuss! 1:25:11 - “I may be synthetic but I’m not stupid.” 1:31:51 - That’s some epic soundproofing they’ve got there. 1:45:32 - Oh god, it’s just one thing after another with this film. 1:49:31 - Gaffa tape to the rescue! 1:59:27 - That’s 57 years of rage, that is.


All I could recall of this one was a sense that the child was annoying. I was wrong! It’s been a while since we watched the first, and we’ve had this sequel waiting in the wings for a while. With the sad passing of HR Giger it moved up our list of films to watch.

It was actually a lot scarier than I was expecting, I don’t remember being quite so on edge during the first one. It’s a great film, the androids are creepy and the alien is terrifying. Plus, it turns out the kid is really cool.

I have to say, I think I’m getting a bit old for proper scary movies now. I used to love a bit of horror but I was sure this would give me nightmares. It didn’t, but it very well could have. It’s a brilliant film, very well done, and terrifying in its simplicity. It’s incredible to think the awful Prometheus came from this same world.

Rating: 5/5

Rating: 5 / 5

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