STOP READING THIS RIGHT NOW!!!
I mean, this is something you should only be reading if you've already seen the first Alien movie. Aliens picks up right where Alien left off, so if you think you're going to just jump ahead to this sequel you should stop that nonsense right now and go watch the first movie! I don't want to ruin important things for first time watchers.
For those who remember, Ripley (Signourney Weaver) had successfully launched an escape pod out of the self-destructing ship she was on board and was hurting out into space and out of harm's way. And by harm's way, I mean having her face ripped off by the Xenomorph alien creature. Except that the Xenomorph had hitched a ride on her ship and she had to blast it out of the door and fry it with the little pod's rocket launcher. And with the alien foe no longer an issue, Ripley and Jonesy the cat settled into their hyper-sleep bed together and passed out until they are safely within the proximity of Earth. Except that they never got into Earth's proximity. Ripley's pod was found on the off chance that a space junk salvaging crew was out on duty and happened to find them. And there's something more too, something much more shocking.
Oh the things they've seen...
Instead of being asleep for the few weeks that is the norm when entered into hyper sleep, Ripley's little escape pod was found YEARS after she had escaped danger. 57 years to be exact, and quite a few things have changed since then. For example, Ripley is now being investigated for the possible murder of her entire crew...which does make a lot of sense since she returned without them and detonated the entire ship. And sadly, no one is buying her story about the dangerous alien eggs that are just sitting on that distant planet waiting to hatch and thrive and eat more humans. Why are they not buying her story? Simple! THAT PLANET HAS BEEN DEVELOPED AS A RESIDENTIAL AREA!! If Ripley had only been found a few years sooner, she could have stopped this from happening...but now there are people living on this bear trap of a planet and no one is listening to her. So what choice does Ripley have but to shut up and get a new job and continue to live her life?
Sure, of course she murdered her entire crew and blew up the ship but
has horrendous nightmares about aliens every night. Make sense.
It isn't too long, however, before problems start to brew on this dangerous planet. Ripley is approached one day by Carter Burke (Paul Reiser), a representative of the company that used to employ Ripley and that also developed Planet Evil. They have lost all communication with the planet and cannot get a reading on if anything is happening. Sure, it could be a fluke...but what if Ripley had been right and those alien eggs had hatched and eaten all the humans living there? The only way to be sure is to send in a team of Marines to scope out the planet and either help repair the damaged technology or perform a rescue mission. Because Ripley is the only person with any first-hand experience with these Xenomorphs, she is asked to come along...which she begrudgingly agrees to do.
Looks like the team for the job to me.
Alongside a team of rough-and-tumble Marines, Carter Burke, and a robot - any flashbacks from the first Alien movie happening yet? - the gang boards a ship and heads out for Planet LV-426. And from the second they land, it's painfully obvious that something has gone horribly wrong in this place. There are no people to be seen anywhere, the planet is totally desolate. And within the compound that serves as housing, there are more horrors to be found. Huge barricades have been set up being doors that have been welded shut...or that were welded shut and have been rammed in. What happened here? And that's when the team gets their first stroke of luck: they find a little girl named Newt (Carrie Henn) who appears to be the only survivor, and thus their only clue as to what they're up against. But the further the team explores, the more danger they find themselves in. They are not alone on this planet, and if they don't get out as quickly as possible they won't be getting out at all.
Get 'em Ripley!!
After my first ever viewing of Alien last month, I was very excited to see this movie. The first one was insanely gory, suspenseful, and terrifying...and I've only heard rave reviews about the sequel so I knew I wouldn't lose. And I was totally right! While the first movie was a little bit slower, quieter, and a tad more subtle in certain areas - this movie just blows your mind continuously! And I have no doubt in my mind that that has everything to do with master writer/director of this movie, Mr. James Cameron. In this movie we see a lot more technology, we get a look at this technologically advanced world and get to marvel in its glory. But James Cameron paid a very respectful homage to the first movie - same actors, same dialogue and tones for the movie, and he not only stuck with the brilliant initial designs of the Xenomorph but he expanded them and made them BIGGER! Yes, this movie does run 2 and a half hours long. But the entire film is such a brilliant spectacle that time flies by! I highly recommend this movie for Sci-Fi fans, fans of the first Alien movie, or for those who love an excellent action movie. Prepare to lose your mind! And also be prepared for a vigorous reminder of why James Cameron is basically the king of everything.
As killer as the first movie is, the second one is BETTER!!