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September 24th, 2007:
In the sequel to the hit 2004 film AVP, the Alien-Predator war continues. A Predator scout ship crash lands in a small Colorado town. The Aliens on board escape and kill all the Predators except one. Now this lone warrior must destroy all the Aliens as well as the Predalien that survived from the first AVP, while the people of the town are helplessly caught in the middle of all the mayhem.What to Expect:
With Oscars approaching, Hollywood is planning to hit us with some of their best and most promising movies. Unfortunately, soon after, we will be plagued with some of the most mindless garbage that studios have to offer. One of these unnecessary films, is Aliens vs Predator: Requiem. This sequel could have easily been avoided had people stayed away from the theaters for the first AVP in 2004, but instead the original managed to make roughly $171 million worldwide on only a $45 million budget, despite getting very poor reviews from critics and fans alike. The studio knew that the movie didn't really resonate solidly with the fans, so to get the same people back a second time, a few changes had to be made. After going back and forth, the studio replaced the director, Paul W. S. Anderson
, with first timers Colin
and Greg Strause
. The brothers attacked the project whole heartedly and fixed many of the missteps taken by Anderson, creating their own unique brand of violence and horror. Article continues below
The first and probably the biggest complaint thrown at Anderson by the fans was how different AVP was in terms of looks and feel from any of the Alien or Predator movies that preceded it. On the Predator side, the monsters wore too much armor, making them look bulky and immobile, and there were just too many of them. The directors corrected this by removing most of the armor and making the lone Predator look much like the one that stalked Arnold Schwarzenegger. To make up for the numeric inferiority, they decided to make him kind of like the Schwarzenegger of Predators, much tougher and better armed. He sports an arsenal of weapons that includes duel shoulder cannons, implosion bombs and a never before seen lasso-chainsaw that literally saws the opponent in half. His nemesis, the Aliens, also look much more like the ones Sigourney Weaver battled. Instead of the smooth heads, they once again will have the ridgeline face we grew to love and fear.
In order to accommodate all the film's violence, the brothers decided to make this movie rated-R. They felt that since AVP was a wimpy PG-13, they would really push the envelope to please the gore-hungry fans. In fact, one of the first people to die is a young kid who gets grotesquely killed by a "facehugger" alien. This breaks one of the golden rules of horror movies: the young kid always makes it. The Strauses have been trumpeting their R rating to anyone who will listen. In fact, the title of the movie, AVP – Requiem, is actually written as AVP-R, to subliminally remind people, "it is rated R, you will get your money's worth in blood and gore here!"
Another major criticism of the first AVP was the complete lack of relatable people and settings. If you remember, a billionaire takes a team of completely unlikable characters to a newly discovered pyramid buried deeply in the ice of Antarctica where they are caught in the middle of the Alien-Predator war. Probably the most human character in the entire movie was Scar, the Predator, since I found myself cheering for everyone else to die. Also, if you recall, in the first original Alien, even though it was set in the future, the victims were just average blue collar workers who were stuck in a horrible situation with no escape. They were not a bunch of rich people looking to get richer. Meanwhile, in the original Predator, Schwarzenegger belonged to an elite team of soldiers, who were all extremely close and relatable as well. The makers decided to correct this oversight and make the story hit much closer to home in this one. All the action is going to take place in a small Colorado town, full of ordinary hard working Americans, with the hope that anyone who walks into the theater can find a person to cheer for. This makes the scenario so much scarier since it is happening in a town just like yours, which is full of people just like you. Yet, I see two major problems with this.
First of all, the Strause brothers have made their living in Hollywood doing visual effects and music videos, with their obvious strength being the visual story. Thus, I sincerely doubt their ability to really get the audience to be personally involved with the characters and the setting. In fact, they promised that the movie will be extremely fast-paced and full of action, especially the second half when the rain starts. But the secret to good horror movie making is slowing it down, adding suspense and drama. Make the audience love a character and only then kill him, instead of desensitizing with non stop blood and gore.
The second huge problem is the Predalien! What the hell is a Predalien you ask? Well, if you made it till the very end of AVP, you will know that Scar gave birth to a little Alien-Predator hybrid, which jumped out of his chest. In this new installment, the Predalien is in this small Colorado town and will now serve the function of the queen to all the other Aliens that escaped from the crashed Predator patrol ship. This new creature will still be an Alien, but will have Predator mandibles and Predator dreadlocks. It walks a little more upright than a normal Alien does, and it also has the tail, which it uses quite a bit. My problem is that this new monster seems to create more questions than it answers. It's great that we now have a new powerful Alien, but the movie is now getting away from the core premise of Aliens battling Predators. If this Predalien begins to multiply, either by giving birth or impregnating other Predators, then can this franchise be called "Aliens vs Predator" anymore? In my opinion, the writers should have avoided the whole Predalien idea and concentrated more on writing a solid story.In Conclusion:
The worst part of this movie is not the stupid plot, the pointless violence, the mediocre actors or the terrible directors. The worst part of AVP-R is, because of this franchise, they can never make a real Alien or Predator movie ever again. I envision that despite the bad reviews this movie will receive, it will still make enough money to justify to the studio the making of more installments. Then AVP will not be enough, so it will be time to attach other popular franchises. Imagine Christmas 2010 when Alien vs. Predator vs. Terminator (AVPVT) comes out? Or in 2015 when Alien vs. Predator vs. Terminator vs. X-Men hits the theatres. It is too late for Alien and Predator, but it is not too late for the others. The only way to save your beloved series is to not go see this one! Tell your friends, they will tell their friends and perhaps we can let our powers combine to do something good: Kill this franchise. Unfortunately, we are helpless against the many people that are already making their plans to see this terrible film.Similar Titles: Alien Vs. Predator
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