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Alien vs. Predator: The Director's Cut back to product details

written by thingstodo February 25, 2006 - 11:23 PM PST
2 out of 2 members found this review helpful
Although the marketing of the film suggests that it were targeting the fans of the earlier Aliens and Predator movies, the movie itself seems to be conflicted as to whether it wants to appeal to existing fans or to attract new audiences.

Going by the assumption that this is a movie for the fans who probably know more about the two species than any of the characters ever will, it's a wrong move to spend half the film setting up the human team and allowing them to slowly be exposed to the aliens. We all know what the Aliens do to people. We also all know what predators do and how they move around undetected and so forth. We get impatient to see our team kick the other team's butt, even though there was a surprising little gem of a scene where
possibly the only piece of interesting dialogue in the whole movie is found: a touching insight of what drives the aging Charles Biship Weyland during his latter days.

Then, finally, it's time to rumble, as it were.

Blood is splattered everywhere. The red and the green and the acidic. For he most part, the humans just get in the way--inconvenient obstacles for the aliens to get around to find more worthy opponents in each other.

On the other hand, one can argue that the film can appeal to newbies with no prior exposure to Aliens or Predators. Taken in that context, this movie is actually OK. You'd get your suspendful build-up, then the revelation, followed by the first-encounter, then the battles.

So the film itself seems to be for newbies while everything surrounding it seems to be cater to existing fans of the earlier movies, almost guaranteeing it a wrong delivery and a subsequent disappointment for the fans that went to see it. Unfortunately, those with no prior exposure to the earlier movies that probably would've liked the movie weren't invited to the party.
So if you're a fan and wants to give this a chance, try to forget everything you know about the aliens and imagine you're back to when you first saw Aliens and/or the Predator (the one with the Californian govenor) and take it from the beginning again.


(Average 4.78)
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