International Writers Magazine: FILM
v Predator Requiem
J A Laraque
I had to describe Alien vs. Predator Requiem in one word that word
would be dark. The story starts off where the first
one left off with the scene on the Predator ship where the new hybrid
(half Predator half Alien) comes bursting out for its close up.
Unfortunately, after that we are treated to a series of dark shots
showing the now fully grown creature tears through the ship and
the other Predators on board.
Not long after that
the ship comes crashing down into a forest in Colorado. One good thing
is we are treated to a quick glimpse of the Predator world. (At least
thats what I thought it was.) There another Predator picks up
a distress signal (Do Predators send distress signals?) and makes his
way towards earth.
Just dont expect him to be humanitys savior because this
Predator has no problem cutting (and skinning) through humans to get
to his prey including using them for bait. I guess you are wondering
why I have not mentioned any of the human characters. Well that is because,
honestly, they are very forgettable. Yes, it is true we have Reiko Aylesworth
from "24" and Pasquale from "Rescue Me," but there
really wasnt much to them.
I honestly didnt find myself caring about their story or even
their fate. My main concern was when I would get to see some clear lighted
shots of the action. It seemed as if every reason to film in almost
complete darkness was used. From a dark forest to a sewer then knocking
out the power to the town at night just seemed a bit to convenient.
Dont get me wrong, it isnt all bad. There were a few cool
fight scenes and the way some of the humans were taken out was pretty
cool (you know, for human suffering and death and all). There were also
so funny moments and situations that gave you a chuckle in-between all
Im new to this whole reviewing thing so I just tell it how I see
it. I rate a movie passed on a scale of how much of what I paid the
movie was worth. Well, a movie with skinny dipping teens, life or death
choices and Alien-infested hospital and a "bright" ending
with a twist were worth five of the seven-fifty I paid to see this movie.
Alien vs. Predator Requiem is a decent popcorn flick, but take my advice
and bring your night vision goggles.
A laraque Jan 2008
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