is better ALIEN or ALIENS? In my opinion, that
question should not even be asked. They are
polar opposites. Where ALIEN was claustrophobic, atmospheric and subtle...this sequel takes a totally different route going the action/packed, multi-alien carnage and
"in your face" way. Granted, ALIENS doesn’t capture the
artistry that ALIEN had going for it, but it doesn’t really attempt to
It’s a whole different 69! Bottom line: both films are excellent in
their own right and shouldn’t be compared.
has the same ingredients than its predecessor but we basically get them
all in extra
high dosage. We get our alien eggs, some facehuggers, some chest bursters
and plenty of alien creatures. All
the bases are covered but with lots more rum in the coke!
want ACTION? Check out the group of marines spreading heavy fire on a swarm of aliens with some
rocking slow motion, an involving score in the background and catchy gun
noises. Right here, beeyatch! What about DRAMA? You want some of that, too?
Well, the mother/daughter-like relationship between Newt and Ripley will
satisfy that craving. Actually, the director’s cut amplifies this because
we are told that Ripley had a daughter who passed away while she was
in cryo-sleep. And what about HUMOR? You want to chuckle a bit also? Well, I got one
word for you: Hudson (Paxton)! He’s the only comic relief in the film and
he cracked my pointy ass up! My fav line was, "What do you mean they cut the
power? How can they cut the
power, man? They’re animals!!!" Hudson had me in stitches.
good actors also make this movie even stronger. Most of the characters could
have easily come across as one-dimensional nothings in this film, but the casting
is so strong that all actors involved bring something “special” to
their respective parts. I mean, I’ll always remember the brash Vasquez
(Goldstein) or the silent Hicks (Biehn) or even the knife-happy Bishop
(Henriksen). For some odd reason, I warmed up to the characters a lot in
this film and that upped the stakes of the movie for me. I just didn’t want
anybody to die! And when some of them did die...it hurt, baby!
can’t help but admire this sequel for not only going in a totally
different direction than the first, but also for taking its elements a step further.
The alien mythology for example is largely expanded here. Gone is the lone
phallic-like nuisance of the first. Now say "hello" to an intelligent insect-like community with alien soldiers, alien guards and of course, an alien
Queen (freaking impressive). I also appreciated the theme of “birth”
and “species survival” being stretched here to the theme of motherhood.
Ripley protecting/loving Newt and the alien Queen watching over her eggs
like a hawk; it gave the movie that extra layer and made way for the
battle of the mommies.
just one small thing that bothered me about this flick and that was its
last plot point leading up to the big catfight. It’s basically a
rehash of the original’s ending and although I bought it the first time
around, I had lots of trouble buying it in this sequel. Without giving too
much away, can someone please tell me how that huge “Queen” got in the
thing (I’m trying to be vague) while it was flying? Yet alone fit IN the
thing unnoticed! I didn’t buy it. Fortunately, the exciting bitch battle
that followed made me forget all that. I just laid back and put my money
are sequels that actually try to be different. This one succeeds and then
some. ALIENS is just one of
those movies that you just can’t forget. I’ve had scenes from that movie stuck in
my head for years (Your jaw will drop when you see the walls come alive
with slithering aliens. Or how about that scene where the alien is running
through the air vent? Fucking priceless). I’ve also had lines from the
movie pop out of my mouth over the years (Have you ever
been mistaken for a man? No, have you?). Even the damn noise that the motion
censors made, stuck with me! Kool noise! ALIENS is just fucking awesome.