Run time: 137 mins
With yet another instalment of the franchise on its way, it’s time to revisit James Cameron’s (I can do better – Oscar nominated classic from 1986.)
Sigourney Weaver returns as Ripley in the sequel to her turn as the last surviving crew member of the Nostromo, wreaked havoc by an unforgiving alien life form. Aliens is all action, a somewhat bygone example of sci-fi as thriller, where so much sci-fi as drama or, indeed, romance has replaced it in recent years. Alone in space for half a century, the feminist subtext is bolstered by themes of depression and detachment, all expertly played out in a career-defining performance by Sigourney W. When she finally comes into contact with others on the planet where the original alien was found, she predicts disaster. Hardly a surprise. Good to see Bill Paxton immortalised on the screen for the first time since his death in February.
“Action thrillers assail but rarely test us; this is the tautest, most provoking, and altogether most draining example ever made.” (New Yorker) (research Anthony Lane)
Come be terrified at “the biggest screen and clearest sound in Herts” Not my boast, but it’ll do. In the Rex… Everyone can hear you scream.