Aliens vs. Predator (2004)

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3.5 Overall Score
Story: 3/10
Acting: 4/10
Visuals: 5/10

Nice alien queen special effects

Confusing editing, the extra predators get killed immediately, too many humans that have stories that go no where

 
Movie Info

Movie Name:  Aliens vs. Predator

Studio:  Davis Entertainment

Genre(s):  Horror/Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Action/Adventure/B-Movie

Release Date(s):  August 12, 2004

MPAA Rating:   PG-13

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This is the worst vacation ever!

A discovery in Antarctica leads a team of investigators hired by Charles Bishop Weyland (Lance Henriksen) to explore an ancient underground pyramid.  The explorers however are about to be caught in the middle of an ancient battle between two alien races.  When a group of Predators arrives at the pyramid, all hell breaks loose as the aliens begin to hatch.  A human woman named Alexa Woods (Sanaa Lathan) finds herself teamed with a Predator and together they are each other’s only chance of survival.

Aliens vs. Predator (or sometimes just called AvP), was directed by Paul W. S. Anderson and was a long time coming.  The battle between the Aliens and Predators was indicated in Predator 2 (1990) but originated in the Dark Horse Comics Aliens and Predators stories (which led to a crossover).

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Silly human

Aliens vs. Predator had been rumored for years and when it finally was prepped for being made I was excited…then I saw Alien vs. Predator.  Both the ingenuity of the Aliens and the Predator films has been lost on this film.  It is choppily edited and hard to tell what is going on in action scenes, and there are a number of problems since it really doesn’t mesh with the Aliens or the Predators movies even with the inclusion of Henriksen who is supposed to be the model for the android in the Aliens film (there was also a rumor of a planned Arnold Schwarzenneger appearance but him becoming the Governator stopped it from happening).

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That’s it, it’s on!

One problem of the movie is that they spend all this time establishing a bunch of characters and then quickly and unceremoniously kill them.  Colin Salmon, Ewen Bremner, and Colin Salmon are all established as important characters in the story, but go out like chumps and little fireworks after wasting the viewers’ time on pieces of their backstory.  I know the film is also called Aliens vs. Predator singular, but why have two other Predators in the movie that immediately get whacked?  We just get stuck with one Predator and one human…part of the fun of the book was usually humans had to team-up with their enemies to face the bigger threat of the aliens…I wish they had done it on a larger scale.

The special effects for the film are pretty good.  The aliens look a step up from the previous alien entry (Alien:  Resurrection) and the Predator is a new Predator and looks the same (though his quickly killed friends are a little too stiff & immobile).  It is fun to see the alien queen up and moving at the end of the film. I know that we saw her in Aliens, but in this film she really gets moving and the computer animation is surprisingly good and realistic.

Aliens vs. Predator is one of those movies you knew was going to be bad, but you hoped would be better.  The movie should have been rated R and been more graphic or something to at least boost the excitement.  Aliens vs. Predator was followed by the equally bad Aliens vs. Predator:  Requiem in 2007.

Related Links:

Aliens vs. Predator:  Requiem (2007)

Alien (1979)

Aliens (1986)

Alien3 (1992)

Alien:  Resurrection (1997)

Prometheus (2012)

Alien:  Covenant (2017)

Predator (1987)

Predator 2 (1990)

Predators (2010)

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