Fifty-seven years after surviving an apocalyptic attack aboard her space vessel by merciless space creatures, Officer Ripley awakens from hyper-sleep and tries to warn anyone who will listen about the predators.

Director: James Cameron
Writers: James Cameron, David Giler, Walter Hill, Dan O’Bannon, Ronald Shusett
Staring: Sigourney Weaver, Michael Biehn, Carrie Henn, Bill Paxton
Streaming: HBO MAX
Release Date: 1991

Extended edition of one of my favorite action movies of all-time? Yes please and thank you!

Aliens brings back Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) and her badassness and combines it with overconfident and raunchy soldiers. Also throw in lots of Xenomorphs and their acid blood. Lots of face suckers and LOADDDSSSSS of guns. Aliens is a blast and one of the best action movies ever made.

  • I don’t know if I ship any fictional relationships more than Riply and Corporal Hicks (Michael Biehn).
  • Newt (Carrie Henn) has an iconic high-pitched screen.
  • Is there a more iconic science fiction double-dip than The Terminator (1984) and Aliens (1986)? James Cameron was just a monster at the peak of his powers.
  • The most visually stunning shot from Aliens is when the Xenomorph rises up out of the water behind Newt in the film’s final sequence. Just so menacing and cool. A close second is when Hicks looks in the vents and sees the Xenomorhs climbing toward them.

Stanko Rating: A- (4.0/5 Stars)

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