Director: James Cameron
Writer: James Cameron
Starring: Sigourney Weaver, Michael Biehn and Carrie Henn
This film begins with the escape ship that Sigourney Weaver used to flee in the first movie. She has been asleep since the events and that’s how she is found. She wakes up to find that she has been out for over 40 years. She learns that her daughter is dead and she tries to readjust to the world around her.
She meets with someone from the company she works for; this person is played by Paul Reiser. Weaver has a hearing where it is decided what she did was wrong and they tell her that the planet has been colonized. They found nothing of what she claims to have happened. She loses her license with the company. She gets a job working on the docks as a loader.
We cut to the planet where a family travels toward a destination. They are subcontractors and check out a ship that’s crashed. It is the same ship from the first movie. The mother freaks out as something has attached itself to her husband’s face and their daughter sees everything, the little girl is played by Carrie Henn.
We cut back to Earth where Weaver has trouble sleeping. Resier comes to visit her, telling her that they’ve lost contact with the colony and the company wants her to go with a unit of marines as a consultant. If she does go, they will restore her to her status. She declines and he leaves his card. Weaver has trouble sleeping with nightmares of aliens. She decides to go.
The unit that she goes with is led by William Hope. Notable people in it are Michael Biehn, Bill Paxton and Al Matthews. They have an android who is played by Lance Henriksen. The marines are really tough and ignore Weaver when she tells them about the alien race they will encounter. They think they can take out everything.
They arrive on the planet to find it abandoned. They search the place for any trace of the colonist. While they do, Weaver discovers Henn. It takes some effort, but she catches her and then befriends her. Henn has been surviving all alone. Paxton ends up finding a signal of where the colonists are. They are inside of another building and it looks like they are all together.
The marines get ready for whatever they might face and head to see what happened to the colonists. They find that the building is covered in a weird silicon substance. The colonists are also in cocoons and they all look dead, but they soon discover they are not. One of them asks the marines to kill her, but before they can her chest burst open.
They are attacked by a bunch of the aliens and most of the unit is killed. Hope doesn’t know what to do as he is inexperienced in actual combat situations and Weaver ends up driving their vehicle to save those that she can. After that they call for their ship to evacuate, but an alien gets on board and crashes it. They now have to hold up and try to survive until help comes or they can find a way to call their other ship down.
Henn tells them that the aliens come at night. Biehn is placed in command while Hope is knocked out and it is decided to set-up defense to try and survive. Paxton brings up that there were a lot of eggs down there. He speculates that they must be like ants, having a queen that is running the show.
These aliens are a lot smarter than everyone believed and their defenses don’t hold for long. They are faced with challenges from these killing machines. They try to stick together and get off the planet. Will they be able to or will everyone become a host for another alien? Is there a queen like Paxton thinks or something else?
Growing up, I preferred this sequel over the original. I have come to realize they are two different types of movies. Where the first one is all about suspense, the fear of being trapped while they are stalked by the alien, where this is one is more of an action film where they have to battle to stay alive. There is a lot of action in this one that is good, the acting to go with it is solid and these aliens are scary in how good of killing machines they are. They are extremely relentless. They are also scary in how they look. The story is also well written and flows well.
The only issue that I have with this movie is that many of the characters are walking clinches. They are marines so it is possible, but that is my only gripe. They act a little too predictable.
I would recommend giving this one a viewing if you were a fan of the first one. I would also say give it a viewing if you’re a fan of horror that is mixed with sci-fi and action films. This is also one of the movies that started the female hero and Weaver does it very well. Definitely worth a viewing, but I will warn you that this is a long film. It is worth your time.
My Rating: 9 out of 10