Best Alien Depictions in Cinema
Whether intelligent, benevolent, horrific, or just plain weird, there's something wonderful about seeing a great alien being on screen.
Portrayed at the end of James Cameron's Abyss, not much is known about these aliens except that they are much more technologically advanced than humans and live in the depth of the ocean. Their bioluminescent and use of water-shaping technology is breathtaking and hauntingly beautiful. The benevolent intentions of these aliens are a breath of fresh air from typically hostile depictions.
The elegant, long-necked Kaminoans from Star Wars: Clone Wars are masters of genetic manipulation, producing the Emporer's army by cloning bounty hunter Jango Fett. Kaminoan lithe morphology appears to correspond with evolutionary roots from the oceans of Kamino, which they now reside above in stilt cities. Their clam and graceful demeanor make them one of the few Hollywood aliens you want to be around.
If Star Wars showed us anything, beware of double-crossing wealthy corpulent slugs. In Return of the Jedi the shear physics of Jabba's immense bulk seem impractical, but the same can be said of the grossly obese in out society. In later depictions in the new Trilogy and enhanced editions, Jabba is show slithering about. Surely, if slugs are give free evolutionary range, a creature like Jabba may come about, especially on lower-gravity planets where slithering locomotion might be more practical with large mass.
The Rancor, memorably shown in Return of the Jedi where Luke was forced to fight one in Jabba's pit, is a large carnivorous reptomammal native to the jungle planet of Dathomir. In the extended Star Wars universe the Nightsister witches of Dathomir commonly used these vicious creatures as mounts. The Rancor's leather is tough enough to deflect blaster bolts, making it a popular fighting animal. As far as realism goes, one would certainly imagine a beast like this evolving in a hostile planet environment.
The sentient, blue-skinned Na'vi aliens that inhabit the planet of Panodra are a thin disguise for an alien analogue of Native Americans. The Na'vi live as one with nature, having evolved a second brain stem that they use to link and mindmeld with Pandora's wildlife. The Na'vi are about twice the size of a normal human, making their bodies stronger and more resilient to damage. But other than these characteristics, they are basically primitive, blue-skinned humans.
A bit pesky, perhaps like a fly, the Geonosians were a nice addition in terms of morphology to the eclectic mix of Star Wars aliens. Insect-men in essence, Geonosians look oddly realistic, living in termite-like hives. Their distinctive language of clicks and chirps sounds very foreign and captures the imagination.
The Nexu the vicious cat-like creature featured in the Geonosian arena in Star Wars: Attack of the Clones. These furry monsters are native to the frigid forests of the planet Cholganna. The Nexu has razor-sharp claws, a mouth full of fangs, a prehensile forked tail, and sharp back quills as means of defense. In the movies the Nexu appears rather weak when Padme knocks it off the pillar with her meager body weight.
The Acklay is a large non-sentient reptilian crustacean. It made a brief but action-packed appearance in Star Wars: Clone Wars where it was lead into the Geonosian Colosseum, along with two other creatures, to dispatch Anakin, Obi Wan, and Padme. Native to Vendaxa, the Acklay lived underwater but hunted on land. Protected by thick hide and armed with sharp teeth and six pointed legs, the Acklay ranks as one of the coolest movie boss monsters, along with the Rancor.