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JD’s review published on Letterboxd:
This review may contain spoilers.
"Get away from her you bitch!"
The second film in the Alien franchise follows Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) as she is sent with a team of colonial marines to investigate the mysterious disappearance of a colony.
Although it loses the cold, atmospheric eeriness of its predecessor, Aliens is a great sequel that really manages to be its own thing. The story continues Ripley's arc well and even adds some interesting new dynamics to the iconic character such as her maternal relationship with Newt (Carrie Henn), a little girl the team find on the colony. Another brilliant addition to the franchise is the marines who fit in perfectly with the world of the films. Each character has their own unique personality and has an impact on the story rather than just being there to be killed off. It builds to a ridiculously entertaining finale where Ripley battles an alien queen (Whose design is still incredibly scary to this day).
Sigourney Weaver delivers her best performance as the Ripley character, making her a traumatised warrior. Michael Biehn is also on great form as Hicks. Paul Reiser, Lance Henriksen, Carrie Hen, Bill Paxton, Jenette Goldstein, Mark Rolston, Ricco Ross, Daniel Kash, Tip Tipping, Treavor Steedman and Al Matthews provide excellent support.
Final thought: A brilliant sequel that builds nicely onto the original while also being very much its own beast.