Ironic title for a movie that killed a franchise
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Seventh movie on the comic book based movie watch list is Aliens vs Predator: Requiem, sequel to Alien vs Predator. Directed by The Brothers Strause (first time directing), it picks up where the first movie left off, as a Predator scout ship near Earth is attacked by the Predalien that comes out of Scar’s body (who defeated the Alien Queen back on Earth). This causes the ship to chrash near Colorado, which allows the Predalien to escape, but an injured Predator sends a distress signal just before it does. A solitary Predator called Wolf comes to Earth after picking up the signal, to kill all the Aliens and dispose of the evidence.
Again what sounds like it could have been a pretty decent action-gorefest is turned into a less than forgettable borefest. Admittedly there is a cool fight in the sewers, so I won’t talk about that, because I don’t want to ruin one of the only okay scenes if you really want to watch this movie. Many of the scenes in the movie are quite dark, almost as if they really didn’t want you to see the movie they’d made. Unfortunately, the sound never cuts out so you really do have to sit through some of the most uninspired dialogue cinema has to offer. On the subject of dialogue, and touching on referencing; if you’re going to constantly try to remind the viewer of the past movie’s, then the least you can do is make a decent movie yourself. At one point, someone shouts Arnie’s “get to the chopper” line. Trust me, at this point you will wish that you had just put Predator on.
I talked in the last review about how Anderson had taken everything good about the two seperate franchises and thrown most of it in the bin. Well, the brothers must have thought this was a great idea, because not only do they throw the rest away, they take all the average bits of Anderson’s movie and make them terrible. If you barely cared about the characters last time, this time you hate them. If you thought the last movie had cringeworthy and inappropriate moments, this one has entire scenes of them. If you thought the last one was hard to watch, this one is literally hard to watch it is so dark.
I really don’t think there has been a good Predator film since Predator, and a good Alien film since *insert debatable film title*…..but we would probably all agree the first two, although two very different movies, are two great movies. This movie wants to be all those movies combined so badly, but all it does is constantly remind us how far it falls short of the mark. My verdict: probably one of the most disappointing movies of the year it was released. What’s that saying that goes fool me twice?
Movie info from wikipedia
|Directed by||The Brothers Strause|
|Written by||Shane Salerno|
|Music by||Brian Tyler|
|Cinematography||Daniel C. Pearl|
|Edited by||Dan Zimmerman|
|Distributed by||20th Century Fox|
|Box office||$128.9 million|