Ripley returns in director James Cameron’s 1986 science fiction/action classic Aliens!
Better than the original? That’s up for debate – and boy, how fans of this franchise love to debate this one… After escaping the alien that killed her fellow crew members of the Nostromo, Ellen Ripley has been awakened to discover it is now 57 years later. Her employers at the Weylund-Yutani Corporation are skeptical of Ripley’s claims that an alien creature was responsible for Nostromo’s fate, and revoke Ripley’s flight officer licence. That is, until they find that the now established terraforming colony on planetoid LV-426 – where the Nostromo crew encountered the destructive creature – have stopped responding. Forced to confront her nightmares about her time on LV-426, Ripley summons her courage to join the expedition to discover the truth about Hadleys Hope – and this time, she’s taking the marines with her.
Sigourney Weaver’s acclaimed performance landed her Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations for Best Actress – rare for sci-fi and action films – and she is complemented by a fantastic supporting cast including Carrie Henn, Michael Biehn, Paul Reiser, Lance Henriksen, Jenette Goldstein, William Hope, and the late, great Bill Paxton. Aliens took home the Academy Awards for Best Sound Editing and Best Visual Effects.
Thursday, March 22 – 2pm, 5pm, 10pm
“Scene to scene, encounter to encounter, its tension builds unrelentingly. So, fasten your seat belts. It’s a blast.” – Rick Kogan, Chicago Tribune
“There is always an interesting tension in Cameron’s work between masculine and feminine qualities. When it finally hits the fan here, we’re in for the mother of all battles.” – Tom Charity, Time Out
“One sequel that surpasses the original.” – Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader