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1.0 out of 5 stars Generic, 12 April 2005
This review is from: Alien Vs Predator (2 Disc Extreme Edition) [2004] [DVD] (DVD)
Generic, as Amazon say.
My question - when is it ever acceptable to praise film makers' attempts that succeed in formulaic 'generic' material? This seems to me to be the most damning comment that you can make about a film. It is also the most suitable comment to make about this film.
AVP - Aliens Versus Predator. That means the pure unsullied Alien mythology being merged with Predator mythos - whose vastly inferior sequal was the only moment where the writers (of this film) made a random connection between the two series. My own feeling is that there was no need to relate these two separate universes.
In any case, it seems obvious that if you do blur the lines of the two mythologies then you should do it in a way that is sensitive to both worlds. Why would you have to invent random things that devalue the original material? It just seems silly to troop out Mr Yutani, who dies before he even really sees an Alien an who has therefore no motivation for trying to build a super company hell bent on trying to secure one. Silly. The predators are given ridiculous roles as the beings responsible for teaching the humans how to build - pyramids are their inventions used to create labyrinths for hunting Aliens. Silly.
I just don't understand when it became necessary to reduce original ideas to completely 'moronic' (to borrow terminology from a previous reviewer) fallacies.
The characterisation does nothing to salvage the lack of originality. Characters should be the driving force behind any script. We will put up with poorer scripts if we form bonds with the characters. However, if the characters are utterly banal and formulaic then why should we care to watch their struggles? Two characters take part in what is clearly supposed to be a moving 'heart to heart' discussing how many children they have, before they are inevitably killed off literally seconds later. I understand the concept of dramatic irony, yet because the film takes itself so seriously,I was left wondering whether this irony was intentional or not - i suspect not.
The fights. The reason for going to see the film I guess. Yes, ok. One or two not so bad. But, really, why should this be the thing that we should take away from the film? For an action film, there are not nearly enough of the thrills that we should expect. Two major battles and thats our lot. A bit of the sort of 'horror' that we're now numbed to and far far far too much trite dialogue and unlikely backstory that is trundles out in hugley patronising and obvious sections of exposition.
Anyway, enough. I've already given it too much of my time!
Go and cling to the Alien Quadrilogy!
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