Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem
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 cross-over between the Alien and the Predator franchise, a cross-over that was 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.
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.
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 For This 'Requiem' Of A Movie
- You can barely see for most of the movie, which takes 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.
- 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. This is made worse by the abysmal acting, especially stealing similar ideas from Marvel's Spider-Man comics.
- Ricky Howard is a rip off of Peter Parker/ Spider-Man, who is a pizza deliverer.
- Dale Collins is a rip off of Flash Thompson from the Spider-Man comics, who steals Ricky's car keys and throws it at the sewer just for smittening her girlfriend.
- Jesse Salinger is a rip off of Spider-Man's love interest, Mary Jane Watson.
- 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.
- 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.
- At several points in the movie, the Predalien impregnates women who are already pregnant throughout the movie. It breaks the lore that is already established by the Alien movies, regarding the Aliens’ life cycle.
- There are action scenes that are disappointing or hard to see.
- The beginning of the movie ripped-off the opening scene from Alien 3.
- The Brothers Strause had no directing experience and the film acts like an advertisement for them to make more movies, like Skyline (though it was a slight improvement to this film). But all that changed when Beyond Skyline was release.
- 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.
- Some lines from the movie are just reused lines from the other Alien and Predator films and they are really hampered.
- The last scene is nothing more but sequel baiting, which is kinda pointless since there was never a third Alien vs. Predator movie. And this film killed the Alien vs. Predator film series.
- Ridley Scott continued the Alien franchise with Prometheus and Alien: Covenant, and the Predator franchise continued with Predators and The Predator, which all four of them ignored the Alien vs. Predator films.
- Brian Tyler's score is passable.
- The Predator (Wolf) is an awesome character.
- The PredAlien and the Xenomorphs are still a pretty decent threat.
- The designs, costumes, and puppets from the Predator, Xenomorphs, and Predalien are very well done.
- The practical effects and gore are still pretty neatly done.