Alien Vs. Predator: Requiem ***


The first “AVP” film came with a lot of anticipation.  Upon leaving the theatre, it left a bad taste in all of our mouths.  The simple fact is that the big wigs at Fox have no vision what so ever.  They passed on a Ridley Scott directed, James Cameron produced version of “AVP” with no human characters, to let Paul Anderson, director of such memorable films like “Resident Evil” and “Mortal Kombat” to give us a lame, safer version.

When a sequel was announced, naturally I was sceptical, but then the new directors came out and said they were going for an R rating, which intrigued me greatly.  The result is a better movie, but not in the ways which I would have liked.  This is no where near the quality of “Alien”, or “Aliens”, but in it’s own bad way it is entertaining.   The war between the Aliens and the Predators rages on, once again, on the earth’s surface.  This time a small American town’s life is interrupted by the violent struggle.  This fact alone is entertaining enough.  Seeing either of these screen villains chasing down teens in the suburbs put a smile on my face. 

I am not going to bother describing the characters because they are simply made of cardboard.  The exist to give us english speaking people to explain the plot to us.  They also exist to shoot machine guns, and try to stay alive.

To be perfectly honest, I hope that this is the last in the series, unless the creators are going to start taking it seriously.  These movies are based on two film franchises that I consider to be some of the best in their respective genres.  It is not a good sign to see them stuck in a straight to DVD style production.


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