Richard Sawyer

Alien vs Predator

2nd December 2004
AVP Poster reviewer: Richard Sawyer
rating: 3 out of 5
directed by: Paul W.S. Anderson
written by: Paul W.S. Anderson
starring: Sanaa Lathan, Raoul Bova, Lance Henriksen, Ewen Bremner
genre: Horror Thriller Action Sci-Fi
released: 22nd October 2004

Alien Vs Predator was a dream come true for many fans. Off of the big screen the two franchises had locked horns many times, be it through comics, graphic novels or videogames, it has always been a favourite ďwhat if?Ē scenario for geeks the world over. Now, Paul Anderson, director of the Resident Evil film, brings us his vision of this face off.

The first thing that should be noted is that the American release was a PG-13, thus going against the majority of the past films, all weighing in at a much higher rating. This is disappointing for me, as the elements of violence that one would come to expect from an Alien or Predator movie, just isnít there. It feels a little like theyíve sold out the franchises here, which is a shame. In an effort to mimic the Alien films, where you normally donít see an alien for the first hour or so, Anderson has taken this same approach; however Anderson failed to realise that the other Alien films are all almost an hour longer than his. This leads to a slow first half of the film with some dubious character and plot building. When the action finally does kick off, itís a shame that the predator head count gets quickly reduced to just one; cutting out a lot of possibly excellent team based hunting from them, again a shame.

The whole premise for the movie is based upon the ending of Predator 2 and in fairness works the idea reasonably well. I wont ruin this plot for you now, as youíll be bored stiff for the firstt half of the film, which would be a shame as the second half really does pick up.

Overall this feels like a missed opportunity, possibly as if the whole thing went to Andersonís head and he simply snatched at the idea. There was scope within the basic structure of the movie for a superb action film with the depth of plot required to appease fans of the genre. Unfortunately what we have here is a decent action film starring the two most iconic non-human film stars of the twentieth century. It is a shame, but itís still a good popcorn action film and is well worth seeing if youíre in the right mood.