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Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem
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More gore and murky lighting won't fix all the mistakes from the previous film.
Genre: Action
Sci-Fi
Directed By: The Brothers Strause
Produced By: John Davis
David Giler
Walter Hill
Written By: Shane Salerno
Based On: Alien characters by Dan O'Bannonm and Ronald Shusett
Predator characters by Jim Thomas and John Thomas
Starring: Steven Pasquale
Reiko Aylesworth
John Ortiz
Johnny Lewis
Ariel Gade
Photography: Color
Cinematography: Daniel C. Pearl
Distributed By: 20th Century Fox
Release Date: November 4, 2007 (Los Angeles)
December 25, 2007 (United States)
Runtime: 94 Minutes
101 minutes (Unrated)
Country: United States
Language: English
Budget: $40 million
Box Office: $130.2 million
Franchise: Alien
Predator
Alien vs. Predator
Prequel: Alien vs. Predator


Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem, also known as AVP-R and Aliens vs. Predator 2 in some regions, is a 2007 science-fiction action-horror film that serves as a sequel to 2004’s Alien vs. Predator. Both movies serve as a crossover between the Alien and the Predator franchise, first established by Dark Horse Comics in 1989. The movie was directed by brothers Colin and Greg Strause, who are the founders of special-effects company Hydraulix. Unlike the first movie, which was rated PG-13, this movie was rated R.

Upon release, the movie was met with even worse reception than the first movie, from critics, viewers, and fans alike, earning a 12% on Rotten Tomatoes when compared to the first movie’s 21% rating.

Plot

Shortly after the events of the first film, the Predalien (Tom Woodruff, Jr.) that grew out of the Predator Scar wreaks havoc in a Predator ship carrying facehuggers, causing it to crash near Gunnison, Colorado. One of the Predators who survived the crash sends a distress signal which is caught by another Predator, Wolf (Ian Whyte), who then goes to Earth to eliminate the Aliens (including the Warriors and the Grids).

Eventually, the city's residents, such as Dallas Howard (Steven Pasquale), Kelly O’Brien (Reiko Aylesworth), and Eddie Morales (John Ortiz), become trapped in the middle of the battle between the two alien species, forcing them to band together in order to survive.

Why There's No Peace on Earth

  1. To put the cat out of the room, you can barely see for most of the movie, especially in scenes taking place at night. Even the scenes that take place during day are only slightly visible!
    • There's a behind-the-scenes video of the film's cinematographer complaining about not having the equipment to light the sets properly, suggesting that there were budget problems.
  2. A common complaint is that the film tries way too hard to be as disturbing and viscerally disgusting as possible.
    • The filmmakers' intent was for it to be more of a straight-up horror movie than its predecessor, in line with the previous Alien films. Unfortunately, they crossed the line by giving the Predalien the ability to breed by shoving its fanged tongue down the throats of pregnant women, injecting larvae into them, where they somehow make it to her womb and devour her fetus to mature into a snakes nest of chestbursters. The entire film seems to take a disturbing and almost gleeful satisfaction in killing children. While most (though unfortunately, not all) of the child deaths take place offscreen, it is nonetheless made incredibly clear what is happening.
  3. The human characters are forgettable, unlikable, and underdeveloped one-dimensional cardboard cutouts. In fact, some of them are pretty much slasher movie clichés and the mother and the daughter are rip-off's to Ripley and Newt from Aliens. Most of them copy ideas from the plot uses of Marvel's Spider-Man comics for example:
    • Ricky Howard is a rip off of Peter Parker/Spider-Man, who is a pizza deliverer and has the similar nerdy behavior as Spider-Man is, while he doesn’t have powers.
    • Dallas Howard, Ricky's brother, is a rip-off of Sandman from Spider-Man 3 (which came out earlier in 2007, the same year that the AVP sequel came out) despite caring and protective to Ricky.
    • Dale Collins is a rip off of Flash Thompson, Spider-Man/Peter Parker's bully, who steals Ricky's car keys and throws it at the sewer just for smittening her girlfriend.
      • He is no better when he continue to beat up Ricky for still smittening Jesse in a pool and is later killed by a Xenomorph after trying to survive the Xenomorph invasion.
    • Jesse Salinger, Dale's girlfriend, is a rip off of one of Spider-Man's love interests, Mary Jane Watson and Gwen Stacy, she is killed off near the end of the film.
  4. There are 3 groups of characters, and it feels like an overload. Taking one of the groups out, probably the teen group, would have been better.
  5. The film has barely anything to do with the first movie; the closest this movie gets to a link is Scar’s corpse, and the Predalien.
  6. At several points in the movie, the Predalien impregnates women who are already pregnant throughout the movie.
    • It contradicts the lore that is already established by the Alien movies, regarding the Aliens' life cycle.
  7. There are action scenes that are disappointing or hard to see.
  8. The beginning of the movie is unoriginal, as it ripped-off the opening scene from Alien 3.
  9. The Strause brothers had no directing experience and the film acts like an advertisement for them to make more movies, and their direction is terrible.
  10. Misleading title: Despite the name, the predator doesn't actually fight most of the aliens, and the word "Requiem" in the title was the definition for Christianity, in which the film doesn't relate.
    • The movie was originally going to be titled "Aliens vs. Predator: Survival of the Fittest", but was later dropped.
  11. Some lines from the movie are just reused lines from the other Alien and Predator films and they are really hampered.
  12. The last scene is nothing more but sequel baiting, which is kinda pointless since there was never a third Alien vs. Predator film.
  13. Due to the negative reviews this film got just like the first film, it killed the Alien vs. Predator film series, as there was no plans to make a third film.
  14. Product placement like the Nokia phone.
  15. Awful pacing.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. The next films in both respective franchises all ignored the Alien vs. Predator films (except the 2018 version of The Predator as the xenomorph tail spear from the first AVP film appears in the film as a museum item).
  2. Brian Tyler's score is passable.
  3. Some characters can be tolerable:
    • The Predator (Wolf) is an awesome character.
    • Some decent characters like Ricky, Dallas, and Jesse.
  4. The PredAlien and the Xenomorphs are still a pretty decent threat.
    • Not to mention, their designs are very well done, and so are some of the practical effects.

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