Aliens vs Predator: Requiem

The first thing you need to know about AVPR:  it’s a guy film of the highest order.  Explosions, guns, blood, aliens, more explosions, more guns, more blood, and as the movie progresses, more aliens! But unlike the torture porn that’s become popular in the last few years, this movie keeps the action moving in a fantasy-like way. Sure people die, sure there’s a lot of alien goo getting splattered around, but there’s a lot of quick cuts, and the carnage is never belabored.  The deaths of the humans and aliens happen quickly – which, it seems, the filmmakers designed to go for the “Oof” factor.  That is to say, you see someone getting attacked by an alien after they say things like “It’s okay honey, there are no monsters outside.” And then it’s Crash! Boom! Bam!  The guy is grabbed by the alien, glass flies everywhere, a kid screams, and they cut to another scene. There are a few scenes where I thought the filmmakers crossed the line in terms of taste, and that’s when they show kids, pregnant moms, and even babies getting it from the aliens. It was during these moments when my friend Matt and I would make these reflexive comments like: “Oh man, I didn’t need to see that.”

The second thing you need to now about AVPR:  the film is actually pretty good — despite the fact that Yahoo says AVPR got a D+ from the critics and a C+ from Yahoo viewers. But don’t let that stop you! If tension, splattering blood, alien gore, and plenty of action makes you say “Now THAT sounds good,” you’ll love AVPR.  I was telling Maya about the film and now she wants to see it – which is odd given the fact that she was creeped out by I Am Legend. Personally, I don’t think she’s ready for that kind of film, but she assures me that she loves guy films.  What to do…what to do.

P.S.

This is unrelated to the film, but if you’re interested in reading a political piece I wrote at Pop Dose, you can HERE.

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