1986 Certificate: 15


Six decades after her brush with the man-hunting xenomorph, the hypersleeping Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) is found in space by a salvage ship. To her horror she learns that a human colony has been founded on the same planet where the alien was first encountered... and all contact has been lost. Time for Ripley to lock and load with Michael Biehn's gung-ho platoon of space marines. Where Ridley Scott's original dripped with suspense, James Cameron's sequel blazes with unrelenting, sense-battering action. Rise and shine, people, for one of the most breathtaking sequels ever.


  • James Cameron


  • Sigourney Weaver

  • Michael Biehn

  • Bill Paxton

  • Paul Reiser

  • Carrie Henn

  • Lance Henriksen


Talk about a cliff-hanger! Outrageous yet sustained tension from the original Alien (Ridley Scott's 1979 science-fiction classic) is satisfied in this sequel.

Ripley (Weaver) is a survivor of the Nostromo spaceship disaster from Ridley Scott's original, and is discovered in hyper-sleep half a century later by a salvage ship.

She is taken back to Earth and discovers that a human colony was founded on the same planet where the aliens were first found.

She is then sent back to the planet along with a team of Space Marines determined to destroy the alien menace forever.

When they reach the deadly planet, they find a little girl who is the only surviving colonist.

When Ripley assures her that she'll be protected by the Marines, she announces with a chilling confidence, "It won't make any difference."

The theme of this film is motherhood. Ripley's protective maternal instincts are awakened, and she soon forms a bond with the child.

At the same time, the Marines are asking themselves where all the aliens can possibly be coming from.

If they hatch from eggs, who's laying the eggs? It becomes clear that a confrontation between Ripley and the alien mother is inevitable.

This sequel is a non-stop high tech war movie, where sci-fi, horror and action merge to form one of James Cameron's masterpieces.

It's brilliance is in the film's ability to let you believe that the threat is gone and then to startle you with yet another unexpected attack.

Strangely the xenomorphs don't make an appearance until at least half way through the film, but it's worth sticking it out for the nightmarish hostility when they finally crash onto the screen.

With more action than the original, the staggering effects and a rousing score help to create this tension and horror-filled movie. The actual alien attacks are emotionally and physically staggering.

Frank Allen