ALIENS // Friday, November 9, 2012 // Midnite
Before tackling giant ocean liners or the future of 3D, James Cameron blasted out this masterpiece of technical marvel, high tension and peace through superior firepower. Sidestepping the horror focus of Ridley Scott’s first film, Aliens ratchets up the action, full-blooded machismo and mechanical fascination, all while cementing Sigourney Weaver as the female action hero of the ‘80s (garnering her an Oscar nomination and a Time magazine cover) and serving as a critique of America’s involvement in Vietnam. Jam-packed with a sci-fi dream team cast (Michael Biehn, Bill Paxton & Jenette Goldstein as badass space marines; Lance Henriksen as android Bishop; Paul Reiser as an oily corporate representative), thoroughly entertaining, eminently quotable and featuring an impressive array of physical visual effects (pre-CGI overload!), Aliens remains one of the most exciting adventures ever sent into space.Dir. James Cameron, 1986, 35mm, 137 min.
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