Aliens.

I kind of want to just stop there. That’s all you need to say.

I regard Aliens to be the best action movie ever made. It’s incredible too, considering that it’s the sequel to a horror movie. Alien is fantastic in its own right, and is one of the most intense movies you can watch. But that’s not the job Aliens undertakes. Aliens has one task, and that is to kick your ass hard while giving you an easy-to-follow story and relatable characters. And they nail it.

It’s hard to believe that the James Cameron who spent $250 million on Avatar, $200 million on Titanic and $120 million on True Lies was able to make this for $18 million (of 1986 money, to be fair). 

Just as Bella Swan is the absolute worst female role model in literary history, Ellen Ripley is the absolute best female role model in film history. She’s motherly in the way she protects Newt, but also can roll with the boys and doesn’t take shit from anyone — not even the Alien Queen.

“Because I blew it out of the God damn airlock,” she says to the Weyland-Yutani board. Yes you did, Ellen. And then you had to do it all over again.

Aliens makes you care more about its group of Colonial Marines in 5 minutes than last year’s terrible Battle: Los Angeles did in an entire film. Random and unfair comparison, sure, but it came to mind.

Aliens is on Netflix. Do it up.

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