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AVP: Requiem
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04.15.2008 By: Sturdy
AVP: Requiem order
Director:
Colin and Greg Srause

Actors:
Steven Pasquale
Reiko Aylesworth
John Ortiz

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
The aliens are back and this time they’ve killed the predators and crashed their ship into a small Colorado town. But the head predator finds out and comes after them. It’s a bunch of aliens fighting a predator; who needs a plot?
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
As someone who really enjoyed the first PREDATOR film and the first two ALIEN films, it’s kind of hard to watch what they’ve become. They’re no longer these cool, mysterious creatures that made for intense action sequences. Instead, they’ve turned into circus freaks, used to generate cheap scares and further even cheaper storylines.

If you can accept this is not the same Alien or Predator you saw back in the 80’s, you might be able to get something out of it. Don’t expect intense storylines or cool characters like Riley or Dutch. No, they’ve been replaced with the most generic cast you could possibly imagine. But this isn’t about the humans, this is about how badly the Aliens and Predators can hurt each other and kill innocent humans.

It appears to me that Fox did everything they could to cut costs on this franchise. The battle sequences in the film were a joke because you could rarely see what was happening. I can count the number of body shots of the aliens we got on one hand. They had to go out of their way to create a setting without lights to make it that much easier to trick the audience into thinking they were getting more action than they actually were. Is it too much to ask for a full screen shot of the aliens and predators fighting, and without rapid fire editing?

The one redeeming factor in the movie is that the filmmakers knew what they were making. I was concerned in the beginning that they were going to attempt to give the humans a legitimate story, or make the movie about them instead of the aliens. Maybe they tried a little too hard, but for the most part, they were careful to not take the focus off the Alien versus Predator storyline. Also, even though they’re not what they used to be, it’s still fun to watch Aliens and Predators on the big screen.
THE EXTRAS
Commentary with Colin and Greg Strause and John Davis: I think it’s cool when brothers direct films. These guys stay pretty much on target with what’s going on with the film and that works since they keep the track going. They’re a little dry, but they make for a decent commentary and fans of the film should enjoy this.

Commentary with Tom Woodruff Jr. and Alec Gillis: These guys also stick to the film, so you get kind of a double dose of film specific commentary. They try to discuss the story, settings and what went into designing the film. I think that this one is just as good as the former commentary and you would benefit equally from watching either.

Added Footage Marker: I really wish other films would do this for their unrated editions. You can select this and an icon pops up when a deleted/extended scene appears in the film.

AVP-R: Preparing for War (15:52): Supposedly covering the development and pre-production, the cast and crew really focus more on the story. Surprisingly, they included some scenes from ALIEN. They also talked a little bit about the “hybrid” alien, which I have to admit, I barely noticed and didn’t feel it played much of a part.

AVP-R: Fight to the Finish (12:14): The crew talks about the editing and structure of the story. It’s basic stuff, but they talk more about why certain scenes were cut, which is kind of interesting. I also liked their desire to use real costumes rather than CGI.

AVP-R: The Nightmare Returns (7:35): This is all about the monsters and how they created them. I liked the focus on the original ALIEN film, but I had seen most of it before. The rest of it is pretty pedestrian, but worth a look if you really like the aliens.

AVP-R: Crossbreed (8:22): The hybrid alien gets its own featurette. I appreciated the uniqueness of the pred-alien, but I don’t think they did a decent job of focusing on it in the film. This makes it a lot better and gives a lot more information on it.

AVP-R: Building the Predator Home world (6:38): The predator didn’t get much love in these featurettes except for this quick featurette. Personally, I find the predator to be more interesting of a creature than the aliens. This details some of the mythology around the Predator and their inspiration for the Predator’s home world.

There are also some Previews and a Still Gallery.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
If you like Aliens and Predators, then you’ll probably get something out of this film. If you’re new to the series, then I highly recommend you start with the originals and work your way up.
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