Aliens Vs Predator – Requiem
In the ongoing saga of a faceless corporation which creates a monster it doesn’t know how to handle, there are obvious parallels between the universe featured in the Alien films and Fox’s treatment of the franchise itself. Nearly 30 years after Ridley Scott reinvented the monster movie with Alien, the studio seems content with mining small change from dwindling ranks of fan-boys who can’t resist seeing the slimy stars tussle it out. Sadly, the competition turns out to be more of a relegation dogfight rather than Champions League quality in this suspense-free sequel to a sequel to a ‘quadrilogy’.
Continuing with the earthbound setting of Paul Anderson’s AVP, directors Colin and Greg Strause randomly relocate the latest round of xenomorphic smack-downs to Gunniston, Colorado, complete with a script that’s straight out of a 1950s B movie. This means that rather than explore the backstory of the monsters, the running time is made up with teenagers discussing bullying or skinny-dipping, unaware their neighbours have been skinned and hung from nearby trees.
The gore threshold has been raised from a bloodless PG-13 to a visceral 15, but apart from a scene which pitches the aliens into a busy maternity ward and a brief glimpse of the predator’s home planet, AVP – R offers nothing new. And the laughable cross-species PredAlien introduced here indicates the depths to which the series has fallen; perhaps it’s time the corporation took a little more interest in their faltering creation and ordered a proper Batman-style reboot.
General release from Fri 18 Jan.