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The Good and the Bad: Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem

  • Date Submitted: 03/18/2010 11:59 AM
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The Good and the Bad: Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem
Aliens vs. Predator Requiem starts off where its predecessor, Alien vs Predator ended, with an Alien/Predator hybrid or Predalien escaping its predator host while the Predator ship leaves Earth. With the maturing of the much larger Predalian, a battle soon takes place on the ship, resulting in a crash landing in a small town in the United States. As with most similar science fiction films, complete chaos ensues.
The film follows several main characters that are brought together when all hell breaks loose. Dallas (Steven Pasquale), the older brother of Ricky (Johnny Lewis) with a criminal past, returns to town just in time for total chaos. Kelly (Reiko Aylesworth), who looks suspiciously very much like Sigourney Weaver, is a mother just returning home from army service to live with her husband and daughter and Morales (John Ortiz) is the police chief trying to deal with a situation that is far out of his control. The characters aren't particularly inspired, but not cliché enough to upset anyone. The acting is far from exceptional, but not bad, resulting in the human characters of the story being a little shy of mediocre. It seems the Brothers Strause are aware that fans don't care all that much about the human characters, other than Ellen Ripley (Sigourney Weaver), and decided to focus on the Aliens and Predator. No real theme is apparent in Aliens   _vs. Predator: Requiem because it is simply an action/sci-fi film, the directors' aim being to please Alien and Predator _fans who are there to see their favorite characters in action. They succeed with varying, but never too bad, success.
The musical score of the film is mostly a combination of the scores from the two franchises, which results in varying degrees of success. Most of the time, the music works really well, making it feel like actual films from the franchises, but sometimes it just seems out of place or forced in.
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