Saturday, August 21, 2010

Directed by The Brothers Strause
Starring John Ortiz, Reiko Aylesworth, Steven Pasquale, Johnny Lewis, Robert Joy, Tom Woodruff Jr., Ian Whyte, Sam Trammell

I gave this film a second chance because quite frankly I had fuck all to do and it just felt appropriate. Good thing too since I liked the film much more on this viewing. Considering that AvP2 is a sequel to a spin-off of two of the most legendary monster movies of the latter 20th century, it's surprisingly successful and entertaining.

The film picks up exactly where the original spin-off left off. The predators are leaving earth and the hybrid of these two species bursts out of the dead hero predator. Their ship crashlands back on earth near a quiet American small town and aliens start running loose. A distress signal reaches the predator home planet and a lone warrior heads to earth in order to wipe out the aliens and the new hybrid. Inhabitants of the town naturally get caught in the middle of all this.

The first Alien vs. Predator was no masterpiece, but it was entertaining. A good deal of the forgiving oversight that these two films have received on their obvious shortcomings on good screenplays and performances is due to the love for these two iconic monsters by audiences everywhere. The AvPs are nothing more than simple entertainment whereas Alien and Predator films where groundbreaking action and horror films, often driven by good character development and a career making and even Oscar-nominated (Aliens) performance from Sigourney Weaver and directors such as David Fincher (Alien3) and Ridley Scott (Alien). The biggest problem with AVPR is in the script which often unbelievably lowers on teen romance. Who gives a shit about boy-meets-girl when these ultimate badasses are taking each other down?!

If you really want to see these legendary characters in action, I'd still recommend the original Alien movies 1-3 (the fourth Alien: Resurrection still remains an abomination) and Predator films 1 & 2, but for a no-brainer sunday hangover action, AVPR is adequate.

Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem on viihdyttävää, joskin täysin turhanpäiväistä krapulaviihdettä. Muuten asia ei vaivaisi pätkääkään, mutta elokuvan legendaariset nimikkomonsterit ansaitsisivat niin paljon parempaa kuin tällaista kertakäyttöräiskintää. Ei siis katastrofi kuten Alien Ylösnousemus, mutta kaukana legendoista, joiden aallokossa AVPR tulee aina keinumaan.

Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem at IMDb