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(Review originally written at 8 October 2003)

Next to "Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back" and "The Godfather Part II" the best sequel ever made!

Take the tension from "Alien" and add to that some serious kick ass marines, the result is "Aliens". And my God, what a fine movie this! In some ways it's even more scary then "Alien", the tension is build up perfectly! The action is simply awesome. Letting marines fight the aliens was one of the best ideas in movie history.

The characters are terrific. The marines are very cool characters and are portrayed brilliantly by the actors of course especially by Michael Biehn and Bill Paxton as the hyperactive but entertaining Pvt. Hudson. Sigourney Weaver is a great leading lady, Ripley is truly one of the strongest female characters of all time. I also liked Paul Reiser a lot in this one and let's not forget to mention Lance Henriksen as the android Bishop.

James Horner delivers his masterpiece with the soundtrack. It's too bad it was cut in criminally. The music suits the movie perfectly.

The movie is a lot of things at the same time: Scary, action packed, tense, funny and entertaining. The combination of everything is perfect.

It's too bad that some of the visual effects are heavily outdated these days but it doesn't ruin the movie by far. The aliens on the other hand look better then ever, especially the queen is a great piece of work. And so are the costumes and weapons.

There isn't much more I can say about this movie. All I can say is; see this movie now! Or if you have seen it before; watch it again! Is there anything I don't like about this movie? No, it's nothing short of perfect and it is one of my favorite movies of all time.

10/10

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About Frank Veenstra

Watches movies...writes about them...and that's it for now.
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