Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Aliens Vs Predator: Requiem (2007)

Everything Science Fiction fans ever wanted in an ALIENS VS PREDATOR movie can be found in ALIENS VS PREDATOR: REQUIEM -- You just can't see it. AVP:R suffers from the absolute worst lighting of any Horror/Science Fiction film ever made. The only scenes that count are so abysmally dark that it becomes tiring and frustrating to watch, despite the incredible gory action that is occurring somewhere on screen. Following the conclusion of the previous film, a fallen Predator warrior gives birth to a Predalien hybrid, which destroys the remaining crew and causes the Predator craft to come careening back down to Earth along with its payload of alien facehuggers. Before long, the small mountain town of Gunnison, Colorado is overrun by the menacing aliens, and one of the Predator's most elite warriors is sent to clean up the mess. The Strauss Brothers come as close as they can to recreating many of the most successful scenes from either series in this failure of a film, with visual and audio cues dating back to the original PREDATOR and ALIENS. If it were left strictly to the battle sequences, AVP:R would have been an awesome, action-packed sequel, but if anything is worse than the lighting, it is the ridiculous human element that adds unnecessary clutter to the script. The awful characters are supplanted straight out of a bad teen serial, and contribute nothing to the plot. It is all the more enraging that these scenes are the only ones that are visible. The killer costume designs of Alec Gillis and Tom Woodruff Jr. cannot even be admired for more than a second between the blackness, the shaking camera, and the choppy editing. Complaining about story continuity is really irrelevant with all else that is wrong in AVP:R, so suffice it to say that the film is a lost cause with a few really cool looking aliens and explosions (which can't be seen).

Rating: 5/10.

6 comments:

  1. I agree with your comments about the film. However, I do have to say one thing...

    Satan Claus has the worst lighting of all time. I defy anything to be worse than that.

    I suppose you could argue that AVP:R is worse in one way: you actually want to see what's happening in it. With SC, you don't.

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  2. That may be the most astute statement Horror has ever heard, and I do agree on both counts. We may be the only two people on Earth that could even make that comparison!

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  3. Well, there is this guy- http://thatguywiththeglasses.com/videolinks/teamt/phelous/33577-disneys-satan-claus

    Even so, it is elite company we keep.

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  4. We should be friends with him, he gets life.

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  5. It might be tough- he lives in Canada. Then again, you don't exactly live down the block from me either. :-)

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  6. This movie was the worst movie I've tried to watch, only made it 40 mins. Would've been great if I could actually see what the hell was going on during the action scenes.

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