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3.0 out of 5 stars The special effects are very good but the story isn't, 22 Jun. 2005
This review is from: Alien Vs Predator (2 Disc Extreme Edition) [2004] [DVD] (DVD)
I couldn't wait to see the film so I read the book. Then I read the reviews, so I wasn't expecting too much. Fans and admirers of the Alien and Predator films are bound to judge this film harshly because of its claimed connection with their lofty and prestigious heritage, which is something like a false claim to descent from a royal lineage. It tried hard but failed miserably to coherently bridge the two: being the prequel to Alien and the sequel to Predator. Anyone familiar with those two separate traditions will spot some obvious holes and inconsistencies that might just be the inevitable result of trying to shoe-horn the sometime incompatible elements together using mainly brute-force. Then some glaring absurdities were also thrown into the mix for good measure. One that particularly struck me was the nonsense with the Aztec calendar. The archaeologist works out how to open the sarcophagus containing the weapons by turning the dials to 10/10/2004 without having to think about the complicated conversion from the Aztec calendar of 18 (20-day) months plus 5 extra days at the end of each year, to the modern Gregorian 12 month calendar. Then, when the trouble starts, he works out that the walls and floors will shift every 10 minutes because the Aztec calendar was metric. Good grief! As if the Aztecs had 60-second minutes, 60-minute hours and 24-hour days (and digital watches no doubt), like us. The Aztecs got their calendar from the Maya (who went out of business in about 925 AD) and the shortest time unit the Maya had was a whole day. And the pyramid they're investigating was supposed to have been built before the Antarctic region got cold. Antarctica's current layer of ice started to accumulate about 50 million years ago by the way - some considerable time before hominids appeared, never mind apprentice pyramid builders and predator worshipers.
Even so, it's an entertaining film, if only you can suspend your need for logic, accuracy and consistency. The sets, miniatures and computer generated special effects are just excellent. The cinematography is very professional. A lot of skill, talent and hard work went into making this film and the only thing that lets it down is the story. If it were possible to give star ratings for separate elements of the film I would give it 5*s for technical perfection.
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