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Movie review: Alien Vs Predator

Friday, August 27, 2004

Just got home from the Alien vs Predator. For the first time, the 2 most interesting sci-fi movie species battle it out on the big screen. The story starts with when a billionaire named Weyland hires a team of archaeologists, scientists and security to investigate a "heat bloom" in Antarctica. Leading the group is an reluctant expert adventurer named Alexa Woods who feels the newly assembled team are not properly prepared for the mission. Underneath the surface, the group discovers a pyramid that at first looks to be the work of an ancient race. The group soon finds that they are traped in the middle of a hunt, a sort of war for sport, between two highly advanced and dangerous races.

IMHO, the story wasn't so bad considering the fact that the writers have to come out with a plot to enable these two species to meet. However, if you're expecting tonnes of action and suspense (like the previous Alien movies), you'll be totally dissapointed. You won't get to see any Aliens or Predators in action for the first 1/2 hour. After the long anticipation, the first battle comes. I wasn't dissapointed.. at this point. Things just went downhill for me after that. The later battle scenes were filmed in such a way that you feel like you're watching COPS. The special effects were good but it couild have been much more better. Overall, it's a so-so movie with an ironically correct motto, 'Whoever wins, we lose'. How true. Give this a pass unless you're a big fan.

Ratings (Scale of 1 to 5, 5 being the highest)

Cast : 2
Sound : 3
Picture : 2
Storyline: 3

OVERALL : 2.5

posted by Ivan Choe, 2:30 am

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