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Alien Vs Predator

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  Alien Vs Predator Review
Tookey's Rating
3 /10
Average Rating
3.15 /10
Sanaa Lathan, Lance Henriksen, Raoul Bova
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Directed by: Paul WS Anderson
Written by: Paul WS Anderson, Dan O'Bannon, Ronald Shusett

Released: 2004
Origin: US
Colour: C
Length: 100

A crassly commercial attempt to make a hit without doing anything the slightest bit original. An unstarry cast is sent off to Antarctica to investigate a mysterious pyramid that has appeared hundreds of feet below an abandoned whaling station; and Ė you guessed it - the aliens and predators they discover there pick the team members off, one by one.
Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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Impressive sets canít disguise the fact that this is formula film-making, with a terrible script (by Paul W.S. Anderson, who made Resident Evil) and sloppy direction (also by Paul W.S. Anderson, so at least we know whom to blame).

If you havenít seen Armageddon, The Core or any of the Alien movies, this might contain one or two surprises; but since I canít imagine the film attracting anyone who hasnít seen most of those films, itís likely to be a severe disappointment to its target audience.

And though the picture is billed as a punch-up between two alien species, first you have to sit through more than an hour of inane dialogue and non-existent character development.
When the fighting finally starts, itís so dark and frenetically edited that itís hard to know what is happening to what, or why, or where. One thingís for sure: itís noisy and gruesome, which may be enough for teenage boys whose critical faculties have been destroyed by one too many video game.

For the rest of us, there are only two (mildly) interesting aspects. One is that it is, uniquely, both a sequel (to the Predator movies) and a prequel (to the Alien series). And, weirdly, the humans, once they have discovered that the Predators are the hunters, and the Aliens the hunted, side instinctively with the hunters. This may be a tad off-putting for those of us who normally like to side with the underdog.

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