R | | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
57 years later, Ellen Ripley is rescued by a deep salvage team during her hypersleep. The moon from the original movie has been colonized, but contact is lost. This time, colonial marines have impressive firepower, but will that be enough?
The space station above earth is called Gateway, a possible reference to Frederik Pohl's "Gateway" novel, a sci-fi classic.
Salvage Team Leader:
Bio-readouts are all in the green, looks like she's alive. Well, there goes our salvage, guys.
Given that the chest-burster's gestation period from implantation of the egg to eruption through the host's chest seems to be on the order of hours, the Colonial Marines never should have found a still-living, impregnated colonist on LV-426, because the Marines requiring cryo-sleep to reach the planet implies a weeks- to months-long journey -- so all of the colonists (except for Newt) should have been long dead and the chest-bursters born by the time the Marines arrived.
The ALIENS title forms slowly during the opening credits. The full title isn't seen until the opening credits are finished, and the "I" illuminates brightly.
$10,052,042 (USA) (20 July 1986)
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