Aliens vs. Predator Requiem ** ½ (out of ****)


Directors: Greg Strause, Colin Strause
Writer: Shane Salerno
Cast: Steven Pasquale, Reiko Aylesworth, John Ortiz, Johnny Lewis, Ariel Gade
Rating: R (violence, gore, and language)
Running Time: 86 min
Release Date: 12/25/2007

This Christmas we are treated to another installment of the Alien vs. Predator saga. The story begins where the previous AVP left off with an Alien incubating inside a Predator host on a spacecraft leaving Earth. I thought this would have been a natural full circle to the series. The Predator spacecraft would have been that is discovered crashed on the hostile planet in the original Alien. However, the writer, Shane Salerno, chose instead to have the Alien burst out while the spacecraft was in flight leading to the Predator vehicle crashing back on Earth near a small town in Colorado.

What this opening fails to address is, why the Predator got on the spacecraft knowing he was infected? Don’t the Predators with their advanced technology have some means to dealing with this situation? If not then the Predator should not have boarded the ship since he knew he was going to die. Why take everyone else with him? After all these Predators are a noble warrior species, right?

These objections aside, the ship crashes and the Aliens onboard escape. Their first hosts are a hapless father and son hunting team. Then some homeless people fall victim. Soon Aliens are spreading though out this unfortunate town. Meanwhile on the Predator’s home planet, a Predator receives telemetry from the crashed ship informing him of the fate of his comrades. So he is off to Earth but to do what?

Here is yet another plot problem. At first the Predator seems to be interested in sanitizing the situation. After all it just might not do to leave all that advanced technology on Earth and perhaps have us humans copy it. Or, is it even possible that the Predators even care that they have released a certain doom for all life on Earth (or at least anything that would interest an Alien either for food or as a host!). The Predator goes on a hunting spree against the Aliens and pours the blue goo on their bodies which dissolves them. But, as good as the Predator is, the Aliens are proliferating so fast that one wonder if he should have called for backup.

The town’s sheriff (John Ortiz) is overwhelmed. The National Guard is overwhelmed as well and fares worse than the sheriff and his small group of survivors. Various characters are introduced to be terrorized and mostly killed by the ensuing carnage. There is a little side story of a poor pizza delivery boy and the cute girl. However, these characters are poorly developed and mostly dispatched quickly. On the positive side the government seems of have had an uncanny insight and a lot of courage to take the action they do at the climax of this film. Perhaps they had a full investigation of the events in Antarctica earlier in the previous film to inform their decisions?

However, in spite of the obvious flaws, I found this a rather fun action film to view. I rather liked the ending too!


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