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The Aliens is a 2019 American Science Fiction Psychological Action Horror film. Written by Neill Blomkamp & Terri Tatchell, directed by Neill Blomkamp starring Sigourney Weaver, Michael Biehn, Rami Malek, Jay Ryan, Rinko Kikuchi, Ricky Whittle and Sharlto Cropley.

It serves as a direct sequel to James Cameron's Aliens (1986) ignoring the following subsequent sequels: Alien3 through to Ridley Scott's Prometheus films and the Alien Vs. Predator crossover duo-logy. The film is distributed by Twentieth Century Fox the forerunners of the original franchise and Alpha Core Productions.

Weaver reprises the role for the first since Alien: Resurrection in which she portrayed a clone variation of her original iconic heroine character Lt. Ellen Ripley, her original character having been killed at the end of Alien3.

Shooting took place from Febraruy 22nd, 2018 until August 25th, 2018 in The Giant's Causeway in Northern Ireland, Socotra Island, Yemen, The Crooked Forest in West Poland and on constructed space station sound stages at Twentieth Century Fox Studios in Los Angeles, California.

Released theatrically and in IMAX theatres on April 11th, 2019 to positive acclaim and box office success.

Plot

In 2190 Michael Weyland the CEO of Weyland-Yutani Corp purges his central citadel ship the Conrad, releasing a horde of advanced Xenomorph aliens: entitled Alphamorphs upon his faculty and the colonists. Hicks younger half-brother Rayhorn along with his Colonial Marines try to evacuate Rebecca 'Newt' Jordan. Weyland plays the 1978 Earth band Boney M song 'Rasputin' over the announcement monitors as he welcomes an Alphamorph to him. Rayhorn dies first as an Alphamorph administers a headbite, Marine Tretschmann is tail impaled by another and the loading tunnels are vacuumed out in the damage.

Partner marines Mora and Ang are killed at the bridge as a swarm of Alphamorphs attack and they detonate sonic explosives, damaging the bridge and killing all of the released Alphamorphs minus one plus Rettina and Guerrez. Remaining marines Colt and Voltan bring Newt to the escape centre and Colt at the entrance is twisted up by the Omega Alphamorph. The Alphamorph plants various Xenomorph eggs and lays off-screen waste to Voltan and the rest of the Conrad Colony as Newt is placed into an escape pod.

Ellen Ripley living an unfulfilled life with medic Jamis on Luna when she hears of Conrad and Newt. Recruiting deformed Luna based hermit and former marine Hicks they are allocated a team that includes other discharged colonial marine Meridian and several others. In the eastern space sphere aboard the USSC Kyrilo they encounter a portion of the debris of the Conrad carriers. Excavators Yarnley and Beau board the remains while Schmidt and Sal begin running statistics on the perimeter. Yarnley disintegrates as an injured Xenomorph attacks and drips molecular acid upon him.

Beau receives a facehugger and returns to the ship keeping it a secret out of fear and preparing to commit suicide, his attempt at last minute fails and a Xenomorph discharges from his chest as the injured Xeno makes itself to the ship and is killed by Ripley. The other evolves to full form and massacres all the crew members in the command centre and causes Schmidt and Sal to perish in the ongoing crash.

On the lost settlement of LV-421 crash survivors Ripley, Hicks, Meridian, Yanai, Murray, Mayhew, Ila, Deidre, Esteban and synthetic Bishop traverse. Meridian experiences hallucinations of his deceased wife of Earth and succumbs to his injuries after confessing to Ripley he shot his wife. At an acid creek overpass Mayhew dies crossing the acid and Yanai is disfigured. On mountainous terrain crossing to the full remains of the Conrad Citadel Centre Esteban reveals himself as in contract with Michael Weyland and throws the injured Yanai in her healing bag to her death. Approaching Xenomorphs kill Esteban off-screen as Ripley disables him with a leg shot for his betrayal.

At the Citadel crossing a facehugger egg terminal Ila is hit with a facehugger and Deidre detonates explosives on them and the terminal. Bishop confronts Yanai's android Tali revealed as serving Weyland-Yutani. Bishop is ultimately shredded in the confrontation and Tali leaps to her death trying to catch Ripley, Murray and Hicks. Weyland appears fused with Alphamorph DNA evolving into a more advanced Xeno. Hicks incinerates Weyland and encloses himself in a now fiery chamber with the emerging Alphamorph which deflects fire from its' body at him.

Ripley and Murray face off with an Alphamorph Queen which becomes systematically destroyed by hordes of Xenomorphs kept imprisoned by Weyland, released by Murray. The two escape to the surface to be approached an alien engineer arriving with an infected Newt by a ship, similar to the one discovered by the Nostromo crew.

Cast

  • Sigourney Weaver as Lt. Ellen Ripley
  • Michael Biehn as Cpl. Dwayne Hicks
  • Rami Malek as Professor Esteban Laurel
  • Jay Ryan as Cpl. Johannes Meridian
  • Rinko Kikuchi as Farmer Yanai Mueshii
  • Ricky Whittle as Scientist Murray Abraham
  • Sharlto Cropley as Pilot Peter Mayhew
  • Cariba Heine as Mechanic Ila Martin
  • Sharon Rooney as Deidre Martin
  • Lance Henriksen as Michael Weyland/Bishop
  • Maya Eshet as Tali
  • Jesse Plemons as Col. Marine Dustin Rayhorn
  • Chris Wood as Col. Marine Eno Tretschmann
  • Joe Cole as Col. Marine Marley Rettina
  • Hana Mae Lee as Col. Marine Selene Ang
  • Parker Young as Col. Marine Raleigh Colt
  • Francia Raisa as Col. Marine Ava Mora
  • Anushka Sharma as Col. Marine Bettina Guerrez
  • Maiara Walsh as Col. Marine Nadine Voltan
  • Hera Hillmar as Channey Meridian
  • Igor Vovkovinsky as The Omega Alphamorph

Trivia

  • The USSC Syrilo in the tradition of previous franchise instalment ships is titled after a Joseph Conrad novel piece title, the Weyland-Yutani Citadel named directly after the author himself
  • Sigourney Weaver's first time reprising the character since Alien3 when she ultimately died in the film's climax, she portrayed a variation of the character in clone form in Alien: Resurrection
  • Ignores sequels Alien3, Resurrection, Prometheus, Covenant and the AVP franchise
  • Set within the shortest following time period after a previous instalment
  • The Success of the newly introduced Yautja Predator species in the The Predator (2018) helped to formulate the idea for the Alphamorphs and its' remaining Omega
  • Combines elements of the first two films to formulate its' tone and atmosphere
  • Contains homages to Alien3, Resurrection, Prometheus and Covenant, with the appearence of the engineer in the film's climax, the pod used to contain Elizabeth from Prometheus, Covenant and Fiorina prison blueprints and the Fusion of Xenomorph and Human DNA.
  • Introduces a new format to the forming title popularised in all previous films, with the title 'The Aliens' generating from a Weyland-Yutani computer
  • Writer and director Blomkamp was incredibly unsatisfied with the sequels following Aliens and utilises this film as a catalyst for putting the franchise in the right direction
  • Weaver was impressed with the script, prompting her return particularly the play on the tone of the first two Alien films, expansion of the mythology and continuation of character among other incredibly flawed people
  • Hicks in original drafts was scripted as doing Professor Laurel's betrayal on the Mountain Cliff Terrace
  • Negative comparisons have been drawn from Professor Laurel to Topher Grace's character in Predators (2010), citing clear homages
  • The actor/stuntman portraying the Omega Alphamorph is the largest living man in the United States

Soundtrack

Score

  1. A Purge For The Gods
  2. La Luna
  3. The Round-Up
  4. Minerals & Machines
  5. Goodbye Lower Hemisphere
  6. In Fragments
  7. Massacre Aboard The Kyrilo
  8. Kyrilo Crashdown
  9. LV-421
  10. The Acid Marsh
  11. LV-421 Reprise
  12. Horror at the Citadel
  13. Alpha, Omega, Beta
  14. Surface

Tracklist

  1. Rasputin- Boney M
  2. Another Night- Real McCoy
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