This post is about the 1986 film directed by James Cameron.
A sequel to the 1979 film Alien, this film involves multiple of the alien encountered in the first film. I watched this out of order, seeing Aliens first, and the movie does indeed make perfect sense even without having seen the first one. The second movie is special to me because my name is an anagram of the title.
In Aliens, Ellen Ripley (played by Sigourney Weaver), the sole survivor from the first movie, is persuaded to help investigate an alien infestation problem. The aliens are the same as the one in the first film. The humans send a heavily armed team down to the surface of the infested planet, only to find no colonists alive (except for a little girl found later on). The team sets up camp, but begins to be assaulted by the aliens, who eventually kill nearly all the human squad. At the end, after numerous battles with aliens and also the alien queen, only three humans are alive: Ripley, Hicks (a soldier), and Newt (the little girl).
This film is very much up to Cameron’s standards, and received enormous critical acclaim: it currently has a 100% Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Everything about the movie is well done, the plot is very convincing, and there is really nothing to criticize. It’s one of the best sci-fi movies out there.