Tuesday, December 25, 2007
Movie Reviews: ALIENS VS. PREDATOR: REQUIEM
ALIENS VS. PREDATOR: REQUIEM
A small Colorado town becomes the site for the rematch between the battling E.T. clans.
Cast Steven Pasquale, Reiko Aylesworth, John Ortiz, Ariel Gade, Johnny Lewis (more)
Director(s) Brothers Strause
Writer(s) Shane Salerno
Status In theaters (wide)
Release Date Dec. 25, 2007
Running Time 86 minutes
MPAA Rating R - for violence, gore and language
While I never really had a large issue with the first Aliens vs. Predator, I would never call it a solid or classic movie either. The sequel falls in the same category and while it does improve in some aspects of the first film. First off, the acting is atrocious throughout and the script is laughably bad, given the low budget of the film it doesn't come as much of a surprise. The human characters are given the thinnest of back stories and even then it seems like the director is spending too much time on them since they'll just be cannon fodder in the long run. This movie is supposed to be about one thing, creature vs. creature mayhem. Once the plot, via a downright stupid plot twist which picks up right from the end of the first film, gets going it just a countdown until the monster mayhem begins. Once it finally begins, it's gorier and bloodier than its predecessor which is more fitting for the respective franchises. The action is ratcheted up a few levels but in the end it doesn't feel any different of better than the first go around. The creature effects won't surprise you; both species look more or less like they've had in past entries and the Predator Alien hybrid is fairly decent if small. One nagging question remains, why only one Predator this go around? It's never explained and just taken as a matter of fact throughout the rest of the film. As the movie progresses it begins to resemble old school zombie movies complete with a final solution similar to a lot of old zombie movies. As a whole, it's a real testament to a movie that's only clocks in at about an hour and a half yet feels substantially longer. For fans of these long running franchises may what to take a peak here and nothing will either disappoint or impress, all others will be best served to wait until it runs aground on DVD.