For thousands of years, the Predators, the alien game hunters, have come to Earth for one reason: to engage in a coming of age ritual. To become “men,” the teenage Predators have to hunt down a hive of Alien warriors and successfully defeat them and claim the skull as their trophy. Humans are used as hosts for the alien face huggers. If the aliens win, the predators set off a bomb to wipe everything in the vicinity. Two thousand years ago, this happened and the Aztecs, who worshipped the Predators as Gods, were caught in the middle and killed off in the explosion.
Present day, billionaire robotics industrialist Charles Bishop Weyland (Lance Henriksen) discovers a pyramid, buried under the ice of Antarctica. Weyland puts together an expedition team, led by Lex Woods (Sanaa Lathan) to explore the pyramid. Once they get there, the enslaved Queen Alien awakens from her sleep, which results in the production of new eggs and Face huggers. The new hunting clan of teenage Predators has arrived, ready to hunt down both the Aliens and the humans within.
The basic plot is interesting but not very detailed as to the origin of either of the alien. It’s more like a videogame, just enough to get the aliens and predators together for a battle. In that aspect, it’s similar to Freddy vs. Freddy. I hope this trend ends and we get better “vs. stories”. Any kid over age 5 can understand it, hence the PG-13 which effects the story more than anything else.
There isn’t much atmosphere really. It tries to be mysterious in origin of the pyramid in the beginning but after we get that part clear, it’s just a videogame of fighting between aliens and predator — all of the trained human soldiers, save Alexa, are dispatched shortly after the midpoint. There’s really no sense of terror, just short battles in rapid secession. The terror in Alien 1-4 and Predators 1-2 are lacking here.
There are several characters to keep track of but 95% of them are background characters who are killed off fast! The acting is sufficient but nothing great. Sigourney, where are you??!!
Sanaa Lathan plays Alexa Woods, the female guide of the party hired by Weyland to search the pyramid. She’s supposed to be the strong female character, not unlike Sigourney’s Ripley, but she is no Sigourney! She comes off as whiny. Not until the end does she come alive. Overall, she’s sufficient since the true stars are the creatures.
Raoul Bova plays Sebastian de Rosa, sort of a translator of the markings within the pyramid. He’s a little difficult to understand at times but he’s okay.
Lance Henriksen plays Charles Bishop Weyland, the owner of a huge robotics company and he’s funding this expedition. He’s rather rude, arrogant, and bossy. He is also not as smart as he first appears, as is evidenced by some of his stupid actions. It’s great to see Lance Henriksen return and he does his job. Blame the writers.
It’s pretty good cinematography but a little dark at times.
The SFX are great. The aliens and predators are as good as their respective predecessors with a few improvements. The face huggers are great, The CGI is good too. The sound and music are adequate, nothing extraordinary. It didn’t add or detract from the story.
It’s not as good as I expected. It’s more like a comic book/videogame. The background story’s okay but the emphasis is on fighting. We don’t really see an Alien class with a Predator until like over the halfway point. We see a few battles that end too quickly. The ending is setup for a sequel in which we might see one of the home worlds. Sadly, no home world yet. It’s not scary like the others in the series. If you’re a fan of the series, it’s worth a view.