Aliens

The Top 63 Marathon, part 10

Data
Title: Aliens
Year: 1986
Length: 154 minutes (special edition)
Director: James Cameron
Writers: James Cameron; story by Cameron, David Giler & Walter Hill; characters by Dan O’Bannon & Ronald Shusett
Starring: Sigourney Weaver, Carrie Henn, Michael Biehn, Lance Henriksen, Paul Reiser, Bill Paxton, William Hope, Jenette Goldstein
Music: James Horner
Distinctions: Oscars for Best Visual Effects and Best Sound Effects Editing; Oscar nominations for Best Actress (Weaver), Best Score, Best Art Direction/Set Decoration, Best Editing and Best Sound; currently #53 on the IMDb’s Top 250

My reaction
Synopsis: space marines visit a colony infested by deadly aliens
How I saw it: on video many times (have on DVD), most recently yesterday
Concept: Great.
Story: Good.
Characters: Indifferent.
Dialog: Bad. Game over, man!
Pacing: Great.
Cinematography: Indifferent.
Special effects/design: Great.
Acting: Indifferent. About half the cast is really good, and the other half is really bad.
Music: Indifferent.
Subjective Rating: 9/10 (One of my favorites). There’s a lot of action movie cliches and general James Camerony corniness that comes pretty close to wrecking it, but overall it’s extremely effective. And it’s a lot scarier than I’d remembered it being.
Objective Rating: 2.8/4 (Good).

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