Ok, so much like when you drive by an accident on the highway you feel the need to check it out to see how bad it really was… I rented AvP: Requiem (the sequel to Alien vs. Predator in 2004) via Netflix because I had to see if it was as bad as everyone said.
What did I discover? Well, it wasn’t bad. But it wasn’t great either. It sat somewhere in the middle in that wasteland where we find science fiction movies airing on the SciFi channel. It’s dark, bloody, and doesn’t have anywhere near the heart of the first AvP, and doesn’t even come close to the original Alien or Predator movies.
Here‘s the IMDB link.
So why in the heck this movie was released at Christmas last year is beyond me, though I think they may have felt it had so little going for it at the box office that maybe it had a chance as the “other white meat” during the holidays — the alternative to holiday movies and family flicks. Well, I don’t think it did all that great. Since it opened last December 2007, it has made about $42 million gross. Have to wonder if the investors have made back their $$.
What did I like about this movie? Well, honestly not much. The characters were more caricatures than anything else. The Aliens were prosperous and there was but one Predator to take them all on. I did appreciate the homage of the nuke going off at the end, which was similar to what they did in the original Predator movie.
What didn’t I like? Man this movie is dark. Not depressing or evil, but dark as in the absence of light. It was tough to see anything on the DVD. The characters were flat as I mentioned before. And they nuked a fictitious Gunnison, CO, which I’ve been through many times in my life on my way to Taylor Park, CO (a slice of heaven if you ever get there over the summer and need to get away).
So will I be rushing out to get this movie? Nope. I’ll give it a lowly 1.5 out of 4 stars. I didn’t hate it, but I didn’t much like it either. I’m glad I didn’t pay money for it in the theater.
That’s it for now. Go see a movie and tell me about it!