Aliens (1986)

Easily one of the best sequels ever made, James Cameron is the rare continuation that manages to take all the elements that made the original film so special, expand upon them and build a mythology around them that feels both organic and necessary, without ever taking the audience for granted. Cameron crafts a masterpiece that combines likable characters, crowd-pleasing one-liners and an impressive array of special effects, along with top-notch visual and audio work, and delivers an exciting, genre-switching sequel that matches the original in its intensity. Sigourney Weaver’s performance is powerful and charismatic, earning her an Oscar nomination for Best Actress in a much-maligned genre (not to mention a sequel), and she’s well-matched by an impressive array of character actors guided to perfection by Cameron’s deft touch with dialogue. Not to be missed by those who have yet to see it, and worth a re-watch for those who grew up with it.

Rating:  ★★★★★ (out of 5)

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