Written by: Ash's missing hand
Aliens is a sequel to the classic 1979 film, Alien, but it tells a self-contained story. It begins 57 years after the first movie ended. Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) is the only survivor of the first expedition, and after expelling an alien through the air lock, she put herself into hibernation. She is found 57 years later by a salvage ship and after she awakes is still haunted by nightmares.
A new expedition is sent back to the same planet from the first film. Ripley is on board and knows what the aliens are like and believes the only solution is to nuke them from outer space. In the meantime, she learns that a human colony has been established on the planet and billions of dollars have been invested in it. Contact has recently been lost with the colony.
The crew is made up of a mixed bag of advisers and soldiers. Bishop (Lance Henriksen) is a loyal android, Vasquez (Jeanette Goldstein) is a muscular marine private, Hicks (Michael Biehn) is an uncertain Corporal. Burke (Paul Reiser) is a slimeball who represents the owners of the colony and dreams of getting rich by using the aliens as weapons. Then the action starts.
The colony has been overrun by the aliens and all the colonists are dead, except for Newt (Carrie Henn), who has survived by hiding in the air ducts. The marines explore the base and nobody is very interested in listening to Ripley's warnings. At this point, the movie escalates into a nonstop war between the humans and aliens.
This is one of the most intense movies I have ever seen. I have never seen a movie that maintains a pitch of intensity for as long as this one does. It is a great example of filmmaking. If you have never seen this movie, I advise you to get the "Special Edition" of this movie with all the deleted scenes restored which emphasize the humanity of the characters in the movie.