Reviewed on 2008 January 3
What’s scarier than a gooey, fanged, acid-bleeding alien that wants to use you as a human playpen for its reptilian offspring? How about a whole nest of the drooling things?
If you’ve not seen the original Alien, you need to skip the next two paragraphs and read the final bit and rating. You also need to go to Blockbuster or something, because you’ve missed out on a great flick. I’m even going to give you an extra space to make sure I don’t ruin anything for you, OK? Go get a drink or make a sandwich, I’ll get back to you in a minute.
[Spoilers ahead! Highlight the contents of the box below, if you dare!]
OK, everybody now:
This thing even surpassed Alien, which wasn’t easy. James Cameron stuck with the original formula and just added more of everything. The acting is sterling, with Bill Paxton and Jenette Goldstein standing out as Hicks and Vasquez. Unfortunately the third and fourth films in the quadrilogy are weak entries, but this movie seems to fly by, even if you watch the 154-minute director’s cut. And the monster effects are absolutely incredible.
Four chocolate morsels.