Why this movie:
On my Summer Movie Initiative list, the Alien movies were high priority for me. I like the Predator and AVP movies, and Alien is one of the most obvious gaps in my popular movie repertoire. I did not understand all of the talk about Sigourney Weaver when Avatar came out, or some of the mythology/science of the aliens in the other movies they appear in. I picked this movie to watch with my brothers on the drive from Portland to Sunriver because they both had an interest in it as well.
What I knew going in:
It's a sci-fi thriller (or horror...? maybe...?) about people vs icky aliens that lay eggs in yo mouth and burst from your tummy later. Survival rates not high.
Big guns and strong women. I think Sigourney kicks some ass.
Things that surprised me:
Aliens is the second movie in the series. WHOOPS.
It's more sci-fi/action than horror. It had a fairly happy ending!
It's set in the future and there are badass MECHA!
SO MANY JOKES from Starship came from this movie! XD
I really liked this movie! Fantastic action, great characters, and squirmy/icky/tense/scary parts without overdoing it. I can see why it is a classic, and I think it would be more fun on a second viewing (less time wasted shaking behind splayed hands). I wish I had watched Alien first, but I'm no less excited to see it now. I can't believe the main, surrogate daughter, and love interest characters survived. N'awww. And no twist ending for goddamn once!
See illustration. Also, Vasquez's enormous black gun near the beginning. Insanely cool, that.