First, my review of AVP:
This Review-Title Does Not Hold the Entire Review
by jmythh2k5 (movies profile)
Some of the reviews of this film take the title of the movie and runwith that (as if the movie ‘must’ have pretty-much the same ‘plot’ asall those other “Monster-A Vs. Monster-B’-movies)–much the same waypeople read Yahoo!-users’ movie-reviews.
But there was deeper content than just ‘two monsters wail on each other,’ even though a variation of that plot was present.
Because this movie also held the human element–humans had to make a choice of the lesser evil with which to take sides.
And the main girl was/is fairly hot.
Then I looked at a fewof theharshest criticisms and a fewof thesatisfied ones:
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Inconsistencies and Hollywood politics
by porter448 (movies profile)
First off, this was a terrible movie. Nothing of merit; just terrible at its best. This movie would have had a better story line had it had a much more violent tone, and a much more primal feel. But, Hollywood more then likely was trying to sell this to a younger crowd, so the primal feel became a petting zoo. Absolutely horrible.
by ortiz_erick (movies profile)
ok, two cool scenes that brought a smile to my face and theyre not even worth mentioning. What is worth saying is that this movie sux [email protected]@, Mr. Anderson deserves to die. Movie ending: Imagine there seems to be an actual plot, but at the end its all destroyed by utter crap and (gasp) a scene where you could swear a Predator was going to kiss a human, the main character. Yeap, more love in their eyes than frodo and sam. Utter disgusting piece of a movie, not worth watching not even downloading. Go watch Collateral again, or even Catwoman.
…if there’s too much plot in your video games…
by larrysantoro_60657 (movies profile)
Like them or not, the “Alien” franchise fielded four unique films-not all of them good, but each with it own voice, look and mood.
The first was a character-driven haunted house in space, the second was a character-driven action rollercoaster, “Alien 3” was a tale of loss and sacrifice, the fourth…
Okay each one was different. Each had style, panache, character, suspense; each had its own distinct rhythms and tropes. Each defined its own brand of terror, horror, suspense and tension.
“Predator” was a testosterone-fueled snark hunt, a mano a mano exercise in guts and will: no one in that film was innocent; no one truly survived. It was fun.
“Predator 2” was a comic book: not quite believable, not quite straight-laced enough to be a really effective monster movie but, never mind, it had its points.
“Alien vs. Predator” tries to be… Well, I have no idea what it tries to be. “A cynical grab at teen bucks,” comes to mind, but golly, would people really make movies just for that?!
AVP grabs bits and pieces of all the films that came before it-a little of the Colonial Marines doing a combat drop, a little of the claustrophobic crawling through the ductwork, a dollop of collapsing walls claustrophobia from Alien 3…or, come to think of it, almost any action film… When you watch it-and you will!-see how many little pieces this Anderson fellow has lifted from the things that came before. The net result is that nothing really happens, nothing is at stake. At least previous outings in both franchises had clearly defined threats, our heroes formed understandable tactics and strategies to overcome them, then we watched as they worked out their destinies.
Under Mr. Anderson’s murky control, people die at the service of… What? Nothing. But, oh well, people died in all the other movies in just the same ways…so it’s got to be entertainment. Right? And who cares about them anyway? They’re just targets. Right?
“Alien” and “Predator” raised some interesting questions about both species. Both series left the answers in limbo; our focus was on the humans who fell afoul of them, we cared for these people, we watched them try to survive. We cringed when they didn’t we were relieved and satisfied when they did. The beasties were parts of the Great Mystery, huge, impersonal and, ultimately, inevitable.
As I say, we can excuse the Aliens because they’re critters, killing machines whose sole biological imperative seems to be to make more of their own.
But the Predators? They are a technologically advanced civilization-or so it would seem-whose sole occupation in the universe seems to be to hunt. Unless this imperative is at the service of a higher mission, their place in that cosmos seems to be a particularly narrow one. I don’t want to imagine a world on which daddy Predator gets up of a morning, kisses the wife good-bye, dashes for the bus and goes off to the office to shuffle papers all day while dreaming of the vacation to come where he can go, say, to earth and hunt some Republican governors and take their spines and skulls home to hang over the mantle… No. But I would like to know a bit more about them. They’re warriors. I suppose. AVP proposes to show us a coming-of-age ritual. What is it these adult warriors DO with their predatory skills?
By the way: there was a lot of early flap among Alien and Predator fans about the PG-13 rating. Were cuts made to accommodate Fox? How COULD they make an Alien film, a Predator film (all of which were rated R), with a PG-13 rating? Had the filmmakers sold out? Would there be a ‘director’s-cut’ DVD that would put it all back together? I do not think the rating was a compromise. I believe this awful thing was designed that way-built for kids whose thumbs have gotten tired of actually having to press those darn buttons on the Gameboy or X-Box and want someone to do it for them. This film brings nothing to the table yet tries to suggest, to hint at, resonances from the Alien universe. The head of the company, played by Lance Henrickson, the ‘artificial person’ called Bishop from “Aliens,” is named, Charles Bishop Weyland. Is this the germ of the “Company” Ripley flies for in “Alien?” In AVP Mr. Weyland is all human and he wants something–something that goes beyond just opening up that pyramid to see what’s there…his goons are armed to the teeth and expecting something hefty to come their way. Alas they’re all offed and/or cocooned too quickly for us to learn what they’re REALLY doing with all that firepower on an archeological dig. And we never find out anything! Nothing is revealed.
Oh, yes: The film plays fast and loose with alien biology. What took weeks–or at least a couple of days–to accomplish in terms of the Alien alternation-of-generation (look it up) gestation-egg to hugger to larva to full-blown alien motherhumper-now happens in, no seriously, a matter of minutes!
I probably should stop here. But I have to spoil it for you because this film, rotten as it is, needs spoiling: The chummy alliance between the human survivor and the predator is repulsive. Predators are not nice people. Not these guys. They are awful, Republicans with too many mandibles, and even less of a moral compass than… Never mind. The (Capital A) Aliens are animals. They are dumb things that do what they do because they do it! They live to breed. That’s it. An alliance between human and Predator here is like the turkey and the Pilgrims ganging up on the ham.
Now I will stop.
No. I won’t. Do not see this film-at least don’t pay to see it. Sneak in. Go to a multi-plex, see a good movie, buy a second bag of soggy popcorn, then stroll into this one and see how truly wretched it is.
best movie ever
by shmay532 (movies profile)
that had to be the greatest movie i have ever seen. The action scenes were awesome and the plot was perfect. The predators were so cool looking.
by [email protected] (movies profile)
I havent seen this movie but I watched all the trailers and they are really good.I am going to see it on Sunday the 15th.It will be really cool!
BEST SI FI MOVIE EVER
by miyakejima92 (movies profile)
This movie was so cool i could not explain. It was just enough violence and GREAT visuals. The Director did a good job in this movie, better than Resident Evil. This movie was a fight between my two favorite si fi creatures so i HAD to watch it! ITS NOT SCARY! WATCH IT!
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Currently watching :
AVP – Alien Vs. Predator (Full Screen Edition)
Release date: By 25 January, 2005