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- AVPR: Aliens vs Predator – Requiem
- Runtime:94 min
- Release Date:2014-04-16 15:47:53
- Director: Colin Strause
- Genres: Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
MOVIE REVIEW:AVPR: Aliens vs Predator – Requiem
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
To be totally honest, I'm not entirely sure I should be reviewing this
film here. Why? Because my main bone of contention with the general
score and typical reviews of this film is not that it should be given
7/10 or higher (because it really shouldn't!) but that the first film
actually has a higher score! AvP 2 is not a great film and certainly
not a worthy successor to the great Alien, Aliens and Predator. For
starters, how the hell does the clearly poetic word 'Requiem' fit in
with the premise of this film? Yes, there's death but surely a gorefest
like this would be better suited with a subtitle such as Extinction,
Invasion, Infestation and so on? It's as if they were trying to trick
people (maybe even themselves) that this was a film of real depth and
substance. Needless to say, it isn't.
AvP 2 is not endowed with great characters. In fact, they are the usual
cardboard cut-outs- the bitter anti-hero, the little girl, the slutty
teenager, the out-of-his-depth sheriff, etc.
Also as another reviewer here pointed out, the opening 'scene-setting,
character-introducing' minutes are mainly horrible mind-numbingly
simple small-town, teenage life scenes that we could all do without
So, this is not looking good for AvP 2, is it? And there's some more
bad news to come.
The barrage of references to the other films in the franchise are
pretty hackneyed and end up, at times, turning this flick into some
amateurish homage to those good old movies.
I'm talking about the severed arm, the name Dallas, the 'Get To The
Chopper' and all the rest. I'm all for cross-linking films and creating
a history and shared universe (I actually like the film's end that
shows just how Weyland Yutani got so powerful in the future)but you've
got to make your own film and not rely on past glories to get a movie
If I wanted to see someone's arm fall on the deck, I'll watch Dillon's
severed limb drop to the ground in Predator and the only Dallas I care
about died in that awesome scene in Alien. Thank you very much! Hang on
though! This film isn't a total loss and certainly not deserving of a
lower score that it's direct prequel. I didn't go into this film with
high expectations and maybe that helps me in finding more positives
than others might. Anyway, here they are.
First off, the return to the tall and sleek Predator from the original
films is much appreciated. The twin shoulder-cannons are a nice touch
too. Plus, at least we get to see a Predator in action this time and
killing aliens. Those fat jokes in in AvP were utterly useless.
Plus, there were no stupid alliances between a human and a predator in
this one. I couldn't stand that in the first film! The Predator in this
film is just as much an enemy to the humans as the aliens and that's
how it should be.
And whilst I didn't much like the PredAlien (mainly the look) as a
creature, I think the film benefited from having one major Alien foe
which wasn't the Alien Queen. The setting was better too (you may be
seeing a theme develop here) than the first film. Yes, it was oddly
Resident Evil in many ways but that was still a vast improvement on the
dark, boring, stupid underground temple from the first AvP.
Like I said earlier, I'm not going to pretend this is a good film. If
it had been in my power, I would have stopped this film from ever being
made. I think the first two Aliens and the first Predator film are
brilliant movies that have been, to some extent, tainted by the
substandard films that have followed in their wake.
However, when I watched this movie on TV (like I said, I knew this
movie would be bad so I was never going to pay to watch it in the
cinema or on DVD), I actually sat through most of it (after the awful
aforementioned small-town/teenage life scenes). If you suppress your
inner rage, ignore the affronts to the good films in this long abused
franchise(s)and dial back your intelligence, this is mindless, action
drivel that you may find watchable.
And it is, I must say, a mild improvement on the horrifically bad AvP
and that's gotta count for something! 5/10.
There is literally nothing good about this movie.
Storyline is horrible, cast is shocking.
The movie started out pretty decent, but after 5 minutes past, it
became evident this is going nowhere. A lot of things do not make
sense, use of the blue potions, aliens spawned so fast out of nowhere
(considering there's not a queen)…etc. Then there are too many side
stories, the movie spent 5 minutes introducing each character that
would appear for another 2 minutes before getting killed.
The whole movie is like a plate of scrambled eggs. The director
probably is not even a fan of AvP and just mixed put all the materials
into one giant pile of rubbish.
Stay away from this movie at all cost. It'll not only be a waste of
time, but also a complete let down to the originals.
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