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AVP-R

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After some very vocal complaints of the previous movie, the decision makers decided to make this one a gore fest. Apparently some people were under the impression that if you simply made the movie rated R, it meant improvement. It wasn’t just the people involved in making the movie either. I remember seeing articles, participating in message board conversations, and all kinds of other stuff about how AVP was bad because it was rated PG-13. Could it have benefitted from being a little darker and more serious? Yeah, I don’t disagree with that. I like the movie, but it’s not as serious or dark as any other movies from the Alien or Predator franchises. But any boob who thinks a rating alone makes or breaks a movie should see this sequel. Many of them have in fact, and funny enough AVP got more respect after Alien vs Predator – Requie was released. I thought it was funny those critical of the first movie got what they wanted and ended up liking the first one more.

Alien vs Predator – Requiem picks up right where the last one left off. Quick recap: the two alien species battled to the death, but unbeknownst to the Predators who picked up their dead buddy, he’s infected with one of those pesky creatures from the Alien series. It soon emerges and wreaks havoc on their ship. It then crash lands right back on Earth. Bummer for us, huh? After it crashes a bunch of the alien eggs hatch and those pesky creatures do what they do best and begin to infect and wipeout the local population. It’s in a small town in Colorado. Back on the Predator’s home planet, they get word of this catastrophe and one of their own comes to clean up the mess. They don’t want humanity to become aware of their existence, so naturally there’s some clean up to be done. That’s pretty much the movie in a nutshell.

Like the previous film, there are human characters, but they’re mainly just there to be killed by the two warring alien species. They’re not particularly important to the story.

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The first movie gives us some kind of background on why the two species are intertwined with one another. This one is a very minor continuation of that, but offered very little to expand on the history between the two species. This movie was all action and even some of that was sketchy. The biggest problem is a healthy chunk of this movie is hard to see. Literally, you can’t see what’s going on at times. It happens so often, you have to start to wonder whether the makers of the movie didn’t pay their rent and the lighting was turned off. It wasn’t all bad though. There was some decent kills and some funny ones too. I realize this annoyed some fans who wanted a serious movie – and I understand that – but it entertained me on some level. Predators (review here) tried to be a more serious movie and failed at that in this movie reviewer’s opinion. A movie that attempts to be legit and fails bothers me more than one that doesn’t take itself too seriously.

Rating: Thumbs half way up.

This movie review was updated for your reading pleasure on November 26, 2012