That's right, I'm talking about one of the classic, best goddamn action films ever made. I ain't saying it's the best, there's some powerhouses to contend with, but this flick is a classic blockbuster action flick through and through. If you don't like this film, don't even talk to me son. You have issues.
Now there's bound to be some a yous who ain't seen this yet for some god forsaken bullshit reason, so let me break down the key players for you.
First and foremost, we have Ellen Ripley (Sigourney Weaver):
Oh, wait. Wrong flick god dammit.
we go. Ellen Ripley is the level headed, ballsy former warrant officer of the industrial ship Nostromo and also the only survivor from the initial contact with the alien
(or xenomorph if you prefer) from the first film, Alien. She's not superhuman, but she is stubborn, intelligent, resourceful, and the key protagonist of the film. She's not invincible, she's just determined to stop the alien species from getting back to earth even if it kills her.
The other primary players-
Sergeant Al Apone(Al Matthews), squad leader of the Colonial Marines team sent with Ripley to investigate planet LV-426.
Apone's one of the good guys. No-nonsense, a solid leader. Too bad he doesn't make it.
Then there's Lieutenant William Gorman (William Hope).
Ostensibly the real leader of the mission, it become clear very quickly that he has no real combat experience and is fucking useless as well as having a stick up his ass. He redeems himself a little when he dies.
Next up is Bishop (Lance Henriksen). He's just Bishop because he's an android.
Initially Ripley's very mistrustful of Bishop because of what happened in the first film with the Nostromo's android. He may be a machine, but he's one of the good guys also.
This is Carter J. Burke(Paul Reiser), a special projects director from Weyland Yutani, the corporation that's funding this mission and is also the corporation that founded the colony on LV-426.
Burke is basically a slimy shitfuck that everyone loves to hate. It becomes evident early on that he's a spineless sleazebag, but you don't realize just how much of a sleaze he is until late in the film. He has no redeeming moments in the film aside from dying to the aliens.
Next we have Rebecca "Newt" Jorden (Carrie Henn).
She's the only surviving colonist, which Ripley really connects with. She's managed to survive on her own by hiding from the aliens until the Sulaco arrives. Ripley is determined to save her from this cluster fuck.
Private William Hudson (Bill Paxton) is the team's tech expert and a smart ass.
He's cocky and brash and kind of a fuck up. He initially cracks under pressure, but when the chips are really down he stands and fights bravely to the end.
Corporal Dwayne Hicks (Michael Biehn) takes over leadership of the squad when Apone is captured by the aliens.
He's smarter than most of the squad and actually respects and listens to Ripley once he's leading the squad. Definitely one of the good guys, and one of the few survivors at the end.
Then we have the smack talking smartgun wielding comedy duo of Private Mark Drake (Mark Rolston) and Private Jenette Vasquez (Jenette Goldstein).
Seriously, this flick is solid from start to finish. Excellently paced. Bad guys you love to hate. A pitiless, relentless enemy. Great, quotable lines. And Sigourney being a bad ass.