Aliens is a very different beast to Alien. Whereas Alien focused on slow tension, building to almost unbearable levels, Aliens is far more action orientated; aiming to thrill the audience rather than freak them the fuck out.
A mixture of hard boiled heroine, heart-pounding action, thrilling set pieces, a real heart (Bishop is one of the most likeable sci-fi characters ever), and the greatest monsters in cinema-history; Aliens is truly remarkable, and even the special edition (which is a whopping 154 minutes long) never gets dull. Yes, most of the action can be regarded as point-and-shoot, but when it is handled this well and executed with such panache, how can you complain? Also, the dialogue is not exactly Casablanca, but it’s chock-a-block full of quotable marine lingo (“Game over, man!”).