After 57 years in hypersleep, Ripley awakens to find out that the planet from Alien has been colonized. When contact is lost with the colony, Ripley joins with a team of colonial marines to go there and discover the problem. Parents should know that this movie is more action oriented than its predecessor and that it is not only more violent, but also contains more profanity than the original. Despite the fact that it isn't as scary as the first, it is still very much a horror movie. It is one of the very few movies that actually made me sweat and brought my pulse rate up a little bit. Needless to say, with the extra violence and profanity, this is not a movie suitable for younger children. Violence-9/10: There are several scenes of graphic violence, although most of it isn't lingered upon and is usually shown in quick cuts. The violence includes the return of the infamous chestburster scene, although it is not as gory as it was in Alien. We also see people burned with acid, set on fire, and stabbed. In one scene, an android character with white blood is torn in half by the alien queen. At around the 45 minute mark, there are several somewhat disturbing images of people cocooned to walls. The marines discover a frightened little girl whose family was killed, (presumably) in front of her. She is placed in several dangerous situations as the movie progresses. There is also a lot of violence towards the aliens in this movie. The marines shoot and kill many of the aliens, in addition to running them over in armored vehicles, setting them on fire, and blowing them up with grenades. Two sympathetic characters take out many aliens in a manner that also results in their own deaths. In the special extended edition of the movie there is a scene in which numerous aliens are mowed down by automatic sentry guns. Language-8/10: Aliens has much more language than Alien, including 23 uses of f*ck (25 in the special edition), 2 uses of motherf*cker, 19 uses of G*dd*mn, as well as several uses of sh*t, *sshole, b*tch, b*stard, and a couple misuses of Jesus' name.
Sex and Nudity-3/10: The marines engage in some mildly suggestive banter at the breakfast table. In the special edition, there is a brief glimpse of a nude pinup poster in the marines' locker room. All sensitive parts are covered, and nothing explicit is shown. Drinking, Drugs, and Smoking-2/10: A character is often shown with a cigar in his mouth. Aliens is a fantastic movie that takes a similar approach to the first Alien movie. It slowly builds up the tension, ratcheting up the suspense until it is almost unbearable, which makes the action scenes all the more believable. Each death feels like a personal loss because these are people you have come to care about. Every character has a role in the story. The best example of this is Bill Paxton's Private Hudson, who, much like Lambert in the first movie, mirrors how the audience feels. His over-the-top acting doesn't accomplish this quite as well as Lambert does, but it serves its purpose, while also providing the occasional comic relief which alleviates the tension just enough to keep the audience watching the movie. This sort of acting doesn't work quite as well in other places, such as the angry drill instructor, Sergeant Apone, who just seems a little too angry. However, this is an 80's action movie, so you have to expect a little cheese, don't you? All in all, Aliens is a masterfully crafted science fiction classic that, while not as good as Alien, is still a must-see for every mature viewer.