In this film, Ellen Ripley (Weaver), the only human survivor of Alien, is rescued from space after more than fifty years in suspended animation. She learns that a colony has been founded on the original planet she visited. When contact is lost Ripley is drafted to assist a squad of gung-ho Marines to investigate.
This film is considered interesting by many critics for the feminist sub-texts that run through it.
Aliens has, as of 2003, two sequels: