AVPR: Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem

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Tue Jan 15 2008

Fans of the ‘Alien vs Predator’ sub-franchise will be relieved to learn that Colin and Greg Strause’s ‘AVPR’ is only nominally a sequel to Paul WS Anderson’s (un)original ‘AVP – Alien vs Predator’. Although it picks up where ‘AVP’ left off, this is not a toned-down futuristic action movie, but a gory sci-fi/horror film featuring new incarnations of the extra-terrestrial monsters. Sadly, this semi-sequel is even more spasmodic, boring and incoherent.

After a hybrid Predator-cum-Alien runs amok on a Predator spaceship, it crash-lands near a small American town. As the cross-fertilised ‘Predalien’ slimes its way through the sewers, a battle-scarred Predator is sent to clean up the mess. Caught in the cross-fire between the alien antagonists are the disposable, wooden townsfolk – played by second-string actors from TV shows such as ‘24’, ‘Rescue Me’ and ‘ER’ – whose sole function is to run around like headless chickens until they are gruesomely dispatched. The sheriff is ineffectual, so hopes rest with ex-con Dallas (Steve Pasquale), his semi-delinquent brother Ricky (Johnny Lewis), and an aggressively maternal Iraq War veteran, Kelly (Reiko Aylesworth) – a poor substitute for Sigourney Weaver’s Ripley.

Scriptwriter Shane Salerno’s dialogue is unspeakable, the visceral horror all too familiar, and the ideas distinctly second-hand. Cinematographer Daniel Pearl, who shot the original ‘Texas Chain Saw Massacre’ and the recent re-make, occasionally generates scares by hiding the creatures in dark shadows. But the visual effects-trained Strause brothers know that it’s all about the last waltz. So the mayhem inevitably culminates in a dance of death featuring the mutant, dreadlocked Predalien and a leaner, smarter Predator.

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ok..I've been a dedicated fan of both Alien and Predator. First and foremost because of their intelligence. They are not animals. 


Predator is skilled and can solve problems...and a warrior who only kills for the sake of the battle.. Alien is a fighting machine but not only that, they too are intelligent as they learn very quickly and basically want to preserve their race by taking over their environment. I just adore them both!


...first off..the alien exhibits traits from their hosts, which in this case not a face of a predator or even remotely suppose to resemble a predator.. this is what this movie has done wrong. ..unless you happen to find one inside a predator before it bursts through and clone it, then this movie is not acceptable to me by having a "predalien" (whatever that means). 


... As true fans know, in Alien 3 in the prison, the Alien's host was a dog. Even Ripley noted that it moved different as well as it's responses/speed. Same with Aliens that came after the first movie..


..all I'm saying is that I'm disappointed. I couldn't see anything, the movie had no concept of light what so ever..why, who the hell knows. 


..all Alien/Predator movies are serious movies and intelligent movies..works of art that in the end the viewer respects the Alien and Predator. I don't know what the people who made this movie were trying to do but for fans as serious as I am, and if you are a serious fan you know what I'm talking about here, this movie pissed me off!!!!


..and btw, a lone Predator coming to earth to stop this "predalien" is not what Predators would actually do. Predators would travel in threes for something as serious as this with a ship nearby to make sure the job was done. 


..I am so disappointed

andrew

Might have been a good film bu they may as well have just made it a radio program or talking book since i couldn't see a thing for most of the film cos the cameraman must have forgotten to take the lens cap off. either that or the film producers are idiots thinking it would be a good idea to make the film so dark I got a headache from straining to view it even with the contrast and brightness optimised. a potentially good film made rubbish and a complete waste of my money.

Dan

Can someone please explain how the Predator can travel from its home world to earth IN A DAY? Wouldn't it have made more sense for the distress signal to have been sent to the mother ship in orbit? One more thing: when they get 'round to making AvP3, could the directors (hopefully someone new) please TURN ON THE LIGHTS so we can see what the hell is going on? Jeeeeez.

Tin Tin

Due to the fact that my 6 year old son will not sit still for more than 3 seconds, I did not get to see this movie at the cinema................I did, however, purchase the single disc version from Asda today and it is going straight back for a refund in the morning!..............I don't know if it was just the DVD version, but it was so dark that I could not make a single thing out whatsoever, in fact , I was straining to see the picture so much that it gave me an headache..................I ended spending most of the movie fidddling with the contrast and brightness levels to no avail.............I dread to think what would happen if someone were to buy a £1,500 LCD TV and played this as their first movie!!!!!

Asif

AVP-R one of the best movie, I like only the technology use by a Predator. All series of Predatir are excellent. I like to advise that keep continue of such movies parts like Predator, Predator 2, AVP & AVP-R.

Asif

AVP-R one of the best movie, I like only the technology use by a Predator. All series of Predatir are excellent. I like to advise that keep continue of such movies parts like Predator, Predator 2, AVP & AVP-R.

Bradshaw

What the fuck did I just watch? I would be ashamed to be the director of this film. Not one of the human characters are believable or relatable. Why would you cast such a horrible crew? I'm a fan of both alien and predator film and justice hasn't been served. The movie itself was way too dark. I'm not talking about scary dark. I mean you could barely see shit. The action was cut way too fast. As a consumer I want detail! I want to see scars sweat blood chipped teeth. I want to see a dude getting his head ripped off at half speed not a glimpse of a neck then a tail then a shot of the floor. It's do or die time buddy! Some horror movies can get away with showing somthing scary get close to somone then pan away as the real shit goes down. I get it! Leaving somthing to the imagination can be even scarier. Not here! Putting the predator music on whenever you showed him might have worked out too, but once again no dice. Oh yeah, one predator is retarded. In avp werent there multiple preds that were fucked up by normal aliens? These are supposed to be hybrids man! While on that note you tried too hard in creating the pred alien. I've seen scarier shit in Harry and the Hendersons. No doubt you made a grip of cash making this movie, but at what cost? Letting the world know that character colaberations will never work out? I spent one dollar on renting this movie and it's sad to say I want it back. I'm not saying dont make anymore I'm just saying make a good one! AVP was pointed in the right direction even though it still could of used a bit of work. Were you just trying to clean up at the box office or what? This film could have made a dent in movie history, but you kinda fucked that shit up huh. It's pretty bad that Rob Zombe is the only one thats been tearing shit up lately! Oh you can't leave out Tarantino he's always been a crafty sob. I guess all I'm saying is try harder next time. If you let me down that means there are millions of others that feel the same way I do.

joker Ramirez

best moive Ive seen sence i came to LA It great come out with a nother moive like predator 3 or alien 5 keep making sci-fi moives u guys rock.

joker Ramirez

best moive Ive seen sence i came to LA It great come out with a nother moive like predator 3 or alien 5 keep making sci-fi moives u guys rock.

jt

Heres what i say. see the the film, if you dont like it thats fine, if you do like it thats fine too.despite the bad reviews I personaly liked this film. Sure it had alot of problems but i didnt pay to e a masterpeice i payed to see the two species tear each other apart which is what i thought i got. Just remember a reveiw is 1 persons opinion, so see the film for yourself.

jt

Heres what i say. see the the film, if you dont like it thats fine, if you do like it thats fine too.despite the bad reviews I personaly liked this film. Sure it had alot of problems but i didnt pay to e a masterpeice i payed to see the two species tear each other apart which is what i thought i got. Just remember a reveiw is 1 persons opinion, so see the film for yourself.

Cindystar

I think that this film is better than the last , excellent film, I am going to see it again this evening

Cindystar

I think that this film is better than the last , excellent film, I am going to see it again this evening

Smurfaroo

First of all I'm a huge fan of the original Alien and Pred films and loved the first AVP, This film however is rubbish, It's like they got a focus group together and said 'Hey, what did you love about all the Alien and Pred films?'. "Aliens swimming, face huggers, chest bursters, shoulder mounted guns (x2) etc", they're all in the film, But all strung together with a bog-standard teen horror movie. I wish I hadn't paid to watch this and the writer and director should be ashamed of ruining the series.

devon.l

i thouht it was fantastic all the fighting and the killing i like stuff like that but the fighting was mostly in the dark so i couldent realy see much of it

devon.l

i thouht it was fantastic all the fighting and the killing i like stuff like that but the fighting was mostly in the dark so i couldent realy see much of it

matthew

NO!!!!! WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU PEOPLE IT WAS ULTRA CRAP, THERE WASN'T A PLOT!!!!!

Alex dorahy

people dont like this film because they dont understand it 100% i found it so interesting seeing new pred tech and the predalien into action its really not a bad film. the directors beleived they could intoduce new pred tech and the did but people dont aphreciate i do they even showed you a bit of there planet which has not been done before.

Alex dorahy

people dont like this film because they dont understand it 100% i found it so interesting seeing new pred tech and the predalien into action its really not a bad film. the directors beleived they could intoduce new pred tech and the did but people dont aphreciate i do they even showed you a bit of there planet which has not been done before.

craigyboy

cant understand the poor rating more action than all the others put together not gonna win an oscar for acting but predator kicks butt

craigyboy

cant understand the poor rating more action than all the others put together not gonna win an oscar for acting but predator kicks butt

Ash2

I actually did enjoy this film, the best bit by far was the blonde girl stripping to get in the swimming pool. Joking, but it really was a good film, lots of action and stuff, only bad thing was all the fighting was in the dark so you miss most of it

dragster

As someone who liked the orginal A and P films, and did not dislike AvP this makes a good attempt at burying the franchise. There is a teasing glimpse at the beginning of (one of?) the predator home world(s) but the rest is just not interesting, with to my mind a formulaic and simply or predictable plot, the acting isn't up to much either. From previous comments I understand this may have been based on a comic book, shame they did not choose a better one. If you thought that Doom the movie was more fun than the game it was based on then this film is probably well suited to you. Hoping that this does not nail the lid down on A or P, unless of course the next outing is even worse. Not worth the entry fee, it will be on TV soon enough.

matt

I thoght its the best yet with a great ending so go see AVPR!!!!

matt

I thoght its the best yet with a great ending so go see AVPR!!!!

mlee

Thought the film was very good. LOADS of gore!!!!!!!!!! Look forward to the next one.

Toyah-Kate

This film was excellent, a lot better then the last Alien Vs Predator movie, it doesn't deserve a 1 star at all.

Toyah-Kate

This film was excellent, a lot better then the last Alien Vs Predator movie, it doesn't deserve a 1 star at all.

Tom Moxon

did anyone else not notice the lack of life in ALL the Aliens!! They were ridgid, great idea in theory, appauling execution.

Predator25

The movie rocked! totally better than the first one. but i dont know why they redid the hybrid chestburster scene again? but the movie ROCKED! i recomened you see and it!

Predator25

The movie rocked! totally better than the first one. but i dont know why they redid the hybrid chestburster scene again? but the movie ROCKED! i recomened you see and it!

Dan Browne

THIS 'fdgdfg' OBVIOUSLY HASN'T GOT A LIFE. all he can do is post the same old shit again and again. typical unsociable lowlife :D anyways yep the film was okay, bit too fantasy like but was nail bitting at times.. i mean looking at these made up creatures/'aliens' makes me cringe thinking bout them.. but yeah would go and see if ur into fantasy!!

ash

Oh come on people, lets face it, if you've gone to see AVP2 then you must have at least a partial interest in blood & gore, This is not intended to be a grammy winning screenplay. Its about pure unbridled destruction. This is an entertaining film purely for the brilliant stuff the predator has =D 300 was exactly the same type of film as this (Just an excuse to kill lots of stuff) And im not complaining, i thought it was great.

ash

Oh come on people, lets face it, if you've gone to see AVP2 then you must have at least a partial interest in blood & gore, This is not intended to be a grammy winning screenplay. Its about pure unbridled destruction. This is an entertaining film purely for the brilliant stuff the predator has =D 300 was exactly the same type of film as this (Just an excuse to kill lots of stuff) And im not complaining, i thought it was great.

amirah

lame dont watch this film even if your life depended on it. we only ended up watching it coz it was da only one left showing but now wish we'd gone back home.

Josh

ok good points? - it's a LOT better than the first avp thank god... - the visual effects are outstanding in most scenes. - they've tried to insert some of the features of the quite incredible originals. eg predator sound effects - unlike in the first avp, the human characters actually have time to develop, theyre not all annhialated in the first hour of the bloody film. - the blonde girl in it is FIT (but you can't help feelin a bit of satisfaction wen she gets impaled by a predator's disc) ok.... bad points? (where do ya start?) - it's... well... QUITE SHIT REALLY - the acting... it's appalling! The actors are crap, like they've just been plucked at random from 'deal or no deal' for god sake. - wastes 2 hours or so of your life, and £6.00 of ya hard earned cash! - pretty much goes against the legacy the old alien and pred films created. - makes you wanna kill yourself if you're a fan of the legendary originals. - the ending leaves it wide open for yet another avp film (oh please no... when will it end?) - Predalien? what a gay name! - Script is like it's been written by a guy who spends every day of his life sat in a chair eating toast and playing halo. it's shocking.

Daniel

I enjoyed it but was dissappointed in the briefness of the alien-predator fights. I was dissappointed it wasn't set in the future and that they drafted in completely unknown actors/actresses who have about as much acting talent as a toaster. Some nice effects but the story was predictable and not apocalyptic enough, why can't the aliens win!!!!!!

richard

What a dire ending!! Ok, so the script was lame as a dodgy donkey and the acting reminiscent of 'Babe' i.e pure ham! Absolutely gutted and feel ripped off at £6.20, could've got a few beers with the money. that would've been better..probably..

RobParry

What have they done?!!?...I loved the Alien and Predator films!!!.. I got all excited at AVP1 until I learnt it was set in a pyramid under Antarctica (of course?!), but at least in that film you could see what was going on!... And the fight scenes were half decent and styled.. With AVPR they've just ruined it completely... which is a shame as I was really looking forward to it after seeing the bloodied trailers.. Its like a cross between Dawsons Creek and the X files with a few aliens and a Predator thrown in.... Its in darkness for half the film, flashes from cut scene to cut scene like an MTV video and makes no sense whatsoever?!?!.... But the bit that really dissapointed me was the ending. You'd expect some grand finale between the Predalien and Predator...... What you get is just pathetic..... simply pathetic..... and then the very end which is meant to leave it open for AVP3, (Please no!...), is just laughable........... Dig out the DVD's of Predator1 and Aliens and then argue amongst yourelves which is the better film... thats the only way you'll have an entertaining 'Alien vs Predator' film experience.................

Laurren :D

welll.... after watt ppl toldd me about dis film i thoughtt u wuddd goo watch itt it was grimmm mostlyyy all dahh wayy though iff urr a girlyy girl it anit forrrr yoooh loool i was disapointed in dahh actula story lineeee it was lameeeeeee ... buttt in someee partsss there is goodd bitsss :P

kenny

the worst film i have possibly seen in my life. they should have called it alien vs human because there were hardly any alien vs predator fight scenes and its a good job i got in the cinema for free because i would want my money back

JPRE

Awful, awful awful. Don't watch this film at all costs! They even gave the alien/predator a crap name, predalien. For goodness sake the alienator would have been so much cooler. Save your money and get an enama instead. Please.

Dom

Having watched this film is like getting changed back into ones clothes after a swim in the local swimming baths, and finding out that instead of ones own socks, one has put on each foot the bad smelling socks of a dozen other people. I am a great fan of the Alien movie series but this movie is entirely boring, the characters are banal, there's no intelligence to the movie that would satisfy fans of the the Alien movie. I think it might satisfy some people brought up on computer games. The Predalien creature although well sculpted by Steve Wang, I didn't like the head design or how the structure was built to accommodate a man of typical size like most of the Gillis and Woodruff alien suits, and the film was so dark and none of the intricate details on the suit could be seen. I really didn't like having to sit through this movie. The film on the cinema does not appear to be a shortened version of the directors vision so I suppose we'll have to wait to see the DVD edition to see if there is anything more to the film, but I'm not going back into the cinema to watch that piece of crud again. However, with the failure to create credible alien suits comparable to the original alien creature in Alien, the Predator suit was very good and they had a performer of very much above normal height to play this character. The script writer ought to be fired and the film production team ought to be given better pre-production time, especially to get the aliens right. I know that the directors would have loved to have re-biomechanised all the alien warriors but didn't have the time or budget to do this so they focused on getting the Predalien designed as well as possible, which does actually show on the final Predalien suit when shown in the light, although the basic design isn't of my choice, and so on, etc...etc...etc.. etc..

sean kelly

i'd love to get my hands on the dounut who wrote the time out review i'm sure he was still watching avp1!!(avp1 was shocking bye the way) i'm a huge fan of the alien and predator films and this one was top draw, very different than the others but in a good way. really entertaining. dont think people who arn't into the previous films will like it alot though. hope this helps

sean kelly

i'd love to get my hands on the dounut who wrote the time out review i'm sure he was still watching avp1!!(avp1 was shocking bye the way) i'm a huge fan of the alien and predator films and this one was top draw, very different than the others but in a good way. really entertaining. dont think people who arn't into the previous films will like it alot though. hope this helps

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