The first thing you need to know about AVPR:Â itâ€™s a guy film of the highest order.Â Explosions, guns, blood, aliens, more explosions, more guns, more blood, and as the movie progresses, more aliens! But unlike the torture porn thatâ€™s become popular in the last few years, this movie keeps the action moving in a fantasy-like way. Sure people die, sure thereâ€™s a lot of alien goo getting splattered around, but thereâ€™s a lot of quick cuts, and the carnage is never belabored.Â The deaths of the humans and aliens happen quickly â€“ which, it seems, the filmmakers designed to go for the â€œOofâ€ factor.Â That is to say, you see someone getting attacked by an alien after they say things like â€œItâ€™s okay honey, there are no monsters outside.â€ And then itâ€™s Crash! Boom! Bam!Â 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 thatâ€™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: â€œOh man, I didnâ€™t need to see that.”
The second thing you need to now about AVPR:Â 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 donâ€™t let that stop you! If tension, splattering blood, alien gore, and plenty of action makes you say â€œNow THAT sounds good,â€ youâ€™ll love AVPR.Â I was telling Maya about the film and now she wants to see it â€“ which is odd given the fact that she was creeped out by I Am Legend. Personally, I donâ€™t think sheâ€™s ready for that kind of film, but she assures me that she loves guy films.Â What to doâ€¦what to do.
This is unrelated to the film, but if you’re interested in reading a political piece I wrote at Pop Dose, you can HERE.