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Alien vs. Predator (2004)

Cast: Sanaa Lathan, Raoul Bova, Ewen Bremmer, Colin Salmon, Tommy Flanagan, Lance Henrikson, Agathe de La Boulaye, Carsten Norgaard

Director(s): Paul W.S. Anderson

Language: English

Genre: Action / Disaster

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When audiences caught a glimpse of an alien skull mounted in the trophy cabinet of a Predator in the 1990 film PREDATOR 2, it seemed a franchise was about to be born. Sure enough, comic book artists immediately seized on the possibilities suggested by the brief scene, and a number of skirmishes between the deadly foes were played out on the printed page. Fans have had to endure a lengthy wait for a cinematic match-up, but writer-director Paul W.S. Anderson (EVENT HORIZON) has finally delivered t... [Get complete synopsis]


MasterWoodsman wrote on March 20, 2005, 2:21 am
Mood: Tired.
Spoliers ahead! First off, let me say that I enjoyed this movie. I mean, aliens fighting predators in an ancient pyramid? Pretty cool stuff. The specials effects were top notch. Now, there are many stupid things in the movie that you have to ignore to prevent the spectre of disbelief from ruining the movie. Things like the queen chains. I mean, she's supposed to be there generation after generation, creating new pods. And yet the tech-savvy predators forget the fact that her blood can eat through it. Even dumber, they go to lengths to show that alien skin is impervious is the acid. OK, what else? How about time? In the first movie, it take like 18 hours or something for the alien to explode from the chest. In this movie, it's minutes. And man do they grow fast! In 20 minutes you go from implantation to full-grown alien. I guess they get their nutrients from the air since there's nothing else to feed them. Another time-related lack of thought is when the guy notices that the pyramid is "metric" because it shifts every 10 minutes. Since when is a minute metric?? Then there's the countless idiotic sequences that get put in under the name of artistic license. For example, the predator activates his standard-issue wrist-mounted mini-atomic bomb. But there's no way for him to get out in time without knowing the humans had some super-sled waiting as a getaway. And the sled itself was dumb. Why would the humans, who start-off oh-so safety concious, use a return sled that retracts at such a speed as to outrun the blast? And then at the top of the shaft goes flying through the air to crash into near by buildings? What genius installed that thing? And let's not forget the big one: that the predators taught humans how to build in the first place. I guess the writers needed some sort of explanation to get humans involved in the story! But I did enjoy the action, and it was very refreshing to not see the space backdrop or the evil corporation. I would say I liked this better than Alien 3 and 4, as well as Predator 2. So if you can turn off your brain, you'll like this!
Deril wrote on March 20, 2005, 3:20 pm
Too many humans. Should have had more Aliens & Predators.
Papamikey wrote on March 21, 2005, 12:27 pm
Mood: Eating SMARTIES!
I liked it...alot.

Seriously (well, as serious as you CAN get with this kinda stuff)...it was good, worth the money and time I spent in the theatre but contained some iffy details that being a fan of either franchise I was confused with:

First and foremost was the whole aspect of the "Bishop" CEO character. I had trouble with the fact that this mega-gagillion dollar firm would allow their CEO to go AWOL on some corn-brained research trip to some forbidden zone and not KNOW about it?


Secondly, the same firm presumably after hearing about the death of said CEO would not only remember this man but make a FUTURE LINE (and when I say future, I mean HUNDREDS of years in the future) of androids IN HIS IMAGE?!

That's like the US Army making futuristic andois warriors that look like Abe Lincoln...it just doesn't make sense, I know they were trying to provide "historical context" of where the Bishop android came from (and the "Company" for that matter) but it was hokey...

My $0.02...

Papa Mikey!
motleymitch wrote on March 22, 2005, 1:42 pm
Mood: bullshit!
This flick was total bullshit! What's with movies being shot entirely in the dark? It's bad CGI so it's not like we're gonna see the puppet strings (maybe a zipper up a rubber mask though).
We waited 15 years for this?? Too many humans, no real fun sequences between Aliens and Predators, and an ending that just made you furious. (Spoiler Alert) We want the baby Alien to pop out of the Predator at the BEGINNING you fools! But hey, whaddaya expect?
MasterWoodsman wrote on March 22, 2005, 2:25 pm
I agree with the baby hybrid at the beginning. Would have been cooler. What stopped them? Time? Ha! Didn't stop them before!
Deril wrote on March 23, 2005, 9:29 pm
You are the fools. The point of the baby at the END is so you fools will go spend $10 each to see Alien Vs. predator 2 , which will most likely hit theatres in 2007 or 2008. I do Agree with Mitch though...this movie was BULLSHIT!
motleymitch wrote on April 23, 2005, 1:17 pm
I realise why the Alien/Predator spawn is at the end, but the joke is on them because they WON'T get any more of my money for either franchise unless it's two hours of Sigourney running around naked....and THAT ain't gonna happen.
Papamikey wrote on May 30, 2005, 9:57 am

I re-watched this movie on the weekend and stand by my review. It was dumb and FULL of plot holes, but good with chips and a beer. Actually, it's LIKE chips and beer: you KNOW they're bad for you, but they taste good when you consume them.

Another MAJOR continuity point that I didn't get was the Alien/Predator hybrid at the end. Given that this is a PREQUEL set in 2004, wouldn't this hybrid of two MEGA-POWERFUL alien entities, by Darwinian theory, evolve BEYOND either of its two genetic parents?

I mean, given that it is theoretically a superior form of life, wouldn't we not see ONLY the hybrid life-form by the time Ripley rolls around some 500 years later?

UNLESS: the Predators kill it before it has a chance to procreate, but given the Alien method of reproducing (the Ant/Queen HIVE that Derek hates so much) it would seem likely that this genetic branch would most likely survive and proliferate.

Again, TOO much thought for what it's worth!
motleymitch wrote on November 19, 2006, 3:54 am
Just did a rewatch and agree with Mikey - this movie is the equivalent of chips and beer. I stand by my rating, but having already seen it, I was ready for the disappointment that lay ahead. I forgot that the remaining human teams up with the Predator to fight the Alien and earns the Predator's respect as a warrior.....Puh-Leeeze. And yeah, the discontinuity in gestation periods for the Alien, the out-running of atomic blasts, the crazy plotholes, the whole silly Egyptian pyramid thing......annoying.
Oh well, bring on AVP2!

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