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Alien vs. Predator back to product details

Fun movie versus Good Movie
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written by teaknee January 18, 2008 - 5:04 PM PST
1 out of 1 members found this review helpful
In the fun vs good universe this series lands pretty strongly on the side of fun. Sure it may be archaeologically unsound to suggest that the idea of pyramidness came from one alien source, but for layperson this isn't such a far fetched premise.

The negatives include 1)too much time with token humans 2)not enough all out AVP fighting

Positives include: 1)great sets and interesting locales 2) the fights are pretty good 3)heroine is cool enough to look like she could actually kick ass.

This is one of those movies that I regular borrow from the library simply because it's fun to watch.

Let the Evolutionary Rites Begin!
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written by chasiubao8 January 5, 2008 - 8:23 PM PST
0 out of 3 members found this review helpful
Would it be offensive to assert, despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary, that extraterrestrials built the Parthenon, the Coliseum and Notre Dame - not the Greeks, Romans or French, respectively? If one could forgive Paul Anderson's appalling ignorance of Egyptian, Khmer and Mayan civilizations and further get past the insult to the descendants of those cultures, then maybe one begin to appreciate the film's "nihilist noir" ambiance. Mythology's absence in pop culture may account for the popularity of graphic novels made into films. Mythology allows individuals to vicariously participate in the cosmic drama of the gods; thus find their place and purpose in the universe. And localizing cosmic significance within historical time and onto the bodies of the chosen is precisely the singular trajectory of the Ubertech. Technological development is concentrated towards escalating the complexity of the meaning of the hunt, not hegemony over the universe. In contrast, freedom is the eternal and unattainable goal of the Chthonic. As long they provide meaning to the hunters, they will be solely bred for that purpose. Ancient humans found meaning in this ritual clash of titans and venerated the Ubertech by being sacrificial hosts. Modern humans, like expedition team, have since displaced the gods with science. Their haphazard stumbling onto the hallowed ground displaces the Ubertech as the chosen ones. In the evolutionary melee, two of the three survivors do so through partnership and the third through parasitism.

Not what it could have been, but not bad.
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written by Moriarty February 28, 2005 - 7:33 AM PST
1 out of 2 members found this review helpful
I guess being the geek that I am, I was hoping for a bit more from this movie. That's not to say it was bad at all. The effects have come a long way from the origionals, both of them, and it makes for some really fantastic fights between our two antagonists. But in my opinion, not enough of them. Too much of the movie is spent on the token humans. We know most of them are just cannon fodder anyway.
Other than that, there isn't too much to complain about. The acting of the human cast is actually pretty good. Which really helps get you into the sprit of this movie. And as I said, the effects are really pretty good. Again, my only problem with this is I was hoping for more Aliens and more Predators. But if you're a fan of either of these franchises, I'd recommend this. Even if you're just looking for a good popcorn flick, check this out. I really hope they make a sequel and go all out.

New Life for A&P (not the supermarket chain)
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written by talltale February 1, 2005 - 1:54 PM PST
6 out of 6 members found this review helpful
So much more entertaining than critics let on, ALIEN VS PREDATOR is probably the second-best of the "Alien" franchise (sure, "A2" was good, but this one is tighter and more economical) and infinitely better than "Predator 2." Sanaa Lathan ("Love and Basketball") makes a great, gorgeous action heroine; Raoul Bova ("Facing Windows") is an attractively nerdy hero; and the movie takes some interesting turns along the fast-paced way. It's certainly more fun having three sides fighting, in place of the simple standard humans-fight-space-monsters stuff. The "look" of the movie is terrific, too--thanks to set designers and CGI people who know how to create interesting environments that combine the fake with the real in nearly seamless fashion. However long these two movie franchises keep going, it's doubtful we'll see anything more crisp, sharp, exciting and fun than this little number.

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