Aliens Vs. Predator: Requiem Review

Cover Country : USA
Year: 2007
Genre: Sci-Fi/Horror
Format: DVD
Running Time 86 minutes
Distributor: Warner Bros.

The Aliens and the Predators take it on again, with some hard-hitting new wrinkles as their Earth-hitting conquest involves new human victims and heroes....

Directed by Greg and Colin Strause. Written by Shane Salerno. Starring Steven Pasquale, Reiko Aylesworth, Jon Ortiz, Johnny Lewis Ariel Gade.

Over the last decade or so, Fox has chosen to destroy one of its best franchises ever, with garbage like Alien: Resurrection and Alien Vs. Predator....but there is no doubt that the new saga has just begun. Coming on the heels of 2003's disastrously pedestrian Alien Vs. Predator (or AVP), Aliens Vs. Predators: Requiem (or AVP:R) is a perfect example of how the first one should have been.

In AVP:R, the Predator's from the Predator films hunt the aliens of the Alienfilms, using Earth as a sort of practice range because the aliens breed inside humans. The first film ended with a new wrinkle: An alien bred inside a dead Predator. As Requiem opens, the hybrid hatches aboard a Predator space ship, all hell breaks loose, and the crash-landing is the result. Another Predator is dispatched to Earth to track down the aliens, which have escaped from the crashed ship and are busily suction-cupping onto the faces of every Coloradoan in sight.

Alien Vs. Predator: Requiem

The film gives you pretty much everything you want with a solid horror flick, the acting's wooden, the profanity gratuitous, the gore excessive, and the plot frequently moronic. Fans of the genre have been forced these past few years to make do with bloodless PG-13 crap like The Grudge series and even the first AvP, so this return to glorious excess is a beautiful thing. The brothers Strause are the directors here and knowingly play on the gleeful absurdity of it all. The Brothers Strause and writer Shane Salerno scramble back to the original movie for inspiration. Reiko Aylesworth's Iraq War veteran is a carbon copy of Sigourney Weaver's Ellen Ripley as she fights the monsters in skin-tight clothes with guns a-blazing to protect her daughter and they give several nods to the original Alien, going as far to name one of the leads after Tom Skerrit's 'Dallas' character (from Alien).

Character and dialogue are strictly rote with jaw-dropping lines occurring like Aylesworth's when someone notices that her daughter is a bit shaken, having just seen her daddy devoured by a monster, which then chased them all over town: "It hasn't been an easy night for her," her mom says. No, it hasn't. Fights between the space fiends are blazing affairs of zaps, gun bursts and acid blood plus a blue liquid Alien Cleanser the Predator keeps pouring everywhere to dissolve the creatures. Meanwhile, the soundtrack is filled with peculiar gurgles, crackling, hisses, clicks and electronic noise, all backed by Brian Tyler's relentless, pulsating score. Metaphorically, this becomes the mother of all pissing contests. Onscreen, it plays like a live-action version of MTV's Celebrity Deathmatch, the show in which Claymation renditions of famous stars fight it out in no-holds-barred wrestling matches until one is dead. Of course, leading up to the final battle between the PredAlien and the Jack Bauer of all Predator's, WOLF. That match certainly makes up for all of the lackluster BS we had to endure with the first film, and of course the end is left wide open (in a rather confusing manner) for the inevitable third AvP.

Alien Vs. Predator: Requiem

So, my final word is this a very fan-friendly movie, full of audacious kills and some big battles between our villains. No high art here, but Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem is definitely the rowdy-drunken-party movie of the year.


Review by John Gray, for Pitofhorror.com

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