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2.0 out of 5 stars Alien vs Predator. It.s a no contest, 27 Mar 2005
This review is from: Alien Vs Predator (2 Disc Extreme Edition) [2004] [DVD] (DVD)
The one thing Alien vs. Predator is assured of doing is exasperating fans of either's former films as scant attention has been paid to their lineage in order to bring their respective franchises together. This movies renders the original Predator completely nonsensical (as if it wasn't already of course) by suggesting they have been visiting Earth for thousands of years in order to carry out some warrior rites of passage ceremony involving the acid blooded Aliens. So assuming the survivor at the films conclusion makes it back to civilisation and why she wouldn't when a vehicle was so conveniently waiting for her, then surely she would inform everyone of the existence of the Aliens. So logic dictates the original Alien Films set in the future of course would be redundant because humans would already be aware of their existence and crikey you can tie yourself into knots of frustration contemplating all this stuff. It's a shame Paul W Anderson didn't spend some of the pre-production period thinking about it all a bit more but as has been pointed out by other reviewers he's a moron, more interested in glossy visuals and explosive set pieces than character and plot. Someone should inform him it's possible to have both. Incidentally, and here I go again, the Aliens seem to have acquired an accelerated gestation period in this movie, so as not to slow the plot down I presume, and are rendered even less of the original concept as a virtually indestructible killing machine by being despatched by feisty women with pointy sticks. Both denizens of movie monster royalty are rendered less than terrifying by this movie in which the plot has more holes than a golf course in a meteor shower. The Predator even buddies up to a human for pity's sake. And it's yet another example of a film compromised by the Studios desire for a lesser rating in order to pull in all those gawky teens, who apparently have all the disposable income. Ban pocket money say I.
All these points may seem pedantic and trivial but the original films, particularly the "Alien" series are such classics of the genre their legacy should not be compromised by brainless cash in's. Only one thing prevents this movie been a complete waste of time and that's because once it gets going it is relentlessly entertaining. The acting's ropey, the script is as vacuous as the plot, but it looks great and by having a central heroine character it pays homage to "Ripley". The conclusion once again sees a Mother Alien despatched into an airless void , and no I don't mean the inside of Paul W Andersons skull. And the last shot is maybe the most asinine of all, for the whole movie we see Predators are capable of X-Ray vision, yet they conveniently miss spotting the embryo inside the slain Predator. It, s this sloppy attention to detail that renders Alien Vs Predator a complete non event.
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