DVD Review: Alien Vs. Predator: Requiem

In ALIENS VS. PREDATOR – REQUIEM (AVP-R), the iconic creatures from two of the scariest film franchises in movie history wage their most brutal battle ever — in our own backyard.

The science fiction-action-thriller captures the magic of the “Alien vs. Predator” comics, novels and videogames that established the “AVP” brand – while paying homage to the hallmarks of the film series that preceded it. Bringing these elements together are directors The Brothers Strause, Colin and Greg, whose visual effects house, Hydraulx, is renowned for its computer-generated wizardry on films such as “300,” “X-Men: The Last Stand,” and “Fantastic Four.”

“Let’s say that humans are hosting this big party.” “They not only invite the one ultimate killing machine that just crash landed on earth, but also invite the hunter that was sent to clean up the mess.” “The only result in this equation is that everyone loses.”

In space no one can hear you scream. On earth, it doesn’t matter. When two of the world’s deadliest alien races crash land in Colorado to throw down, humans are merely an obstacle.

The first Alien vs. Predator movie that came out a few years back lacked in many areas. It was rated PG-13 to draw in the younger crowds. The setting of the film was in Antarctica which left a lot to be imagined. This time around the directing team known as the brothers Strauss made up for those aspects ten fold. They kicked it up a notch by making it an R rated film, filled with gruesome violence. The setting was moved to a very populated Colorado town. You still get the same bang for your buck with a bunch of cheesy one liners’ including everyone’s favorite, “Get to the chopper!” I thoroughly enjoyed this movie from start to finish, even with the side plot of teenage romance, and a not so trustworthy American government behind the scenes.

The directors haven’t been strictly behind the camera before, but have worked on visual effects for huge hits such as The Day After Tomorrow, X-Men 3, and 300. So needless to say, these guys have the style it takes to give you the jaw dropping show that you’re looking for. I look forward to more movies to come in this series. Let’s face it, people just can’t get enough, or this franchise wouldn’t have lasted thirty years.

Review by Charlie Giltenboth

Grade: B-
Official site: http://www.avp-r.com/
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