Alien Vs. Predator (2004)


Director:

Paul W.S. Anderson

Starring:

Sanaa Lathan, Raoul Bova, Lance Henriksen

Synopsis:

Predators use Aliens for sport on Earth. People find them. Boom.

Review:

It's hard to believe that after so long in pre-production, and so many script rewrites that this could end up as it did, but the final film, though nothing like Alien or Aliens, at least has some entertainment value.

This film is not one to be taken with a pinch of salt. More, order a bucket of your Multiplex's finest Salted popcorn, and ask a passing deer the way to the nearest saltlick. That said, I didn't hate this as much as I perhaps should have.

So, first things first. The predators are drippy CGI dreadlocked emotional fratboys on initiation. The aliens are Giger-esque, but with literally no innovations that drip cheap glow-in-the-dark green goo. The leading lady is no Sigourney Weaver, and the plot is ripped from Cube, and cruelly hybridised with the worst aspects of the Stargate SG1 TV series. That said, I didn't hate this as much as I perhaps should have.

The arctic setting has more than a passing resemblance to The Thing, the Lance Henriksen character is a pisspoor Bond-style tycoon, and the whole movie looks like it was dropped together at random with a shitload of 'clever' in-jokes stuck in by the admittedly obsessed Anderson. That said, I didn't hate this as much as I perhaps should have.

It was entertaining. And there are a lot of films that are less entertaining. This falls further just due to the potential of what it could have been.

That said, I didn't hate this as much as I perhaps should have.

Rating: 5 / 10