Oldies but goldies: Aliens (1986, extended version)

Director: James Cameron, Main Cast: Sigourney WeaverMichael BiehnCarrie HennLance HenriksenBill Paxton;

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The extended version of this film is what Cameron really envisioned  for his chapter of Ripley’s story, in other words it is a director’s cut (duh!). We discover more details about her personal history and understand better her behaviour as events unfold. The story picks up where the first movie ended (see my review of Alien here) or at least in Ripley’s time frame. In real time 57 years have passed and there are terraforming engineers on the planet where the Nostromo’s crew landed and caught a bug (pun intended!). Anyway everything was going splendidly for those hundreds of families until the Company sent them looking for something unspecified, after Ripley’s debrief and dismissal. Lost contact with the colony, the Company is sending the big guns: colonial marines. They want also Ripley to go along as a consultant and she is kind of ambivalent (no kidding!), suffering from PTSD as a result of her previous close encounter. This time the damn cat stays at home though, less casualties this way (yeah, if only!), good thinking Ripley! So we are back to chasing monsters (plural this time, as the film’s title suggests) in dark corridors but with more appropriate weapons and training, as it turns out: it is not enough. Panic-inducing close-ups of closing sliding doors, flashlights in the dark and the good, old, anxiogenic motion detector are swell companions of a well-paced story, effective action scenes and a pretty great characterisation. The body count is still off the chart but, hey, with the cat around it would have been far worse. Bonus: anything that comes out of Hudson’s mouth (Bill Paxton) is gold and Michael Biehn’s character doesn’t die. Just brilliant —8.5/10

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In case you like spoofs, parodies or plain logic, this is quite fun:

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15 Comments

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15 responses to “Oldies but goldies: Aliens (1986, extended version)

  1. i must look for this; i had no idea there was a director’s cut

  2. Totally agree with what you say, the extended cut really delves deep into Ripley’s character.

  3. I really enjoyed the extended version of the film and the movie in general. In fact, I like it so much, I refuse to acknowledge the sequels that come afterward, because I prefer to live thinking that Newt, Ripley and Hicks all make it home and become a family together 🙂

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