A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that AVP: Alien vs. Predator is a horrid movie (not horror movie). It will scare the pants off kids and make those older howl with laughter at how ridiculous it is. Still, the images are so gruesome and frightening that it's almost guaranteed to induce nightmares.
What's the story?
While daring, the premise of AVP: ALIEN VS. PREDATOR is more suitable for a comic book or video game, both of which were fairly successful with the Alien/Predator match. But, for a film, the idea that the Predator (known as the technically advanced hunter) bred the Aliens as prey thousands of years ago for no other purpose than for hunting, is simply unbelievable. The plot brings back the Weyland Corporation from the Alien trilogy, and begins with a Weyland satellite detecting heat from a pyramid/temple-like structure hid deep within the Antarctic. Charles Weyland (an old, rich techy-explorer type guy) hires a team of drillers, scientists, and archeologists to find the pyramid-like structure that was built by humans to honor the Predators as gods years ago. It's this assembled team led by Lex (Sanaa Lathan) that reveals the story of these undiscovered structures and consequently lands the team in the middle of a war.
Is it any good?
This movie is another failed attempt to create the ultimate horror flick. Even with advanced graphics and special effects on its side, AVP: Alien vs. Predator only manages to completely gross out adult audiences and make teen audiences chuckle with laughter as Lex runs alongside the dreadlocked Predator near the end of movie. While the battle between Alien and Predator has been in the works since the Alien skull appeared among the displayed trophies in the Predator space ship in Predator 2, no director has dared to initiate such an outrageous cockfight between the two creatures until Paul W.S. Anderson came along. Nevertheless, with the inability to gather the original cast or filmmakers of either flick, Anderson's brave attempt flopped.
Besides the creatures, the only aspects of this film that slightly resemble the original flicks are the Weyland Corporation and the fact that Lex is much like Sigourney Weaver's character in the Alien trilogy. Lex is not only the voice of reason and pure "common sense", but is also the one who figures out the core idea behind the Predator/Alien duel and, more importantly, how to survive it. While this movie displays incredible "girl power" by having a heroine, it simply falls short of a horror and/or thriller movie.
Talk to your kids about ...
- In theaters: August 13, 2004
- On DVD or streaming: January 25, 2005
- Cast: Lance Henriksen, Raoul Bova, Sanaa Lathan
- Director: Paul W.S. Anderson
- Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
- Genre: Science Fiction
- Run time: 90 minutes
- MPAA rating: PG-13
- MPAA explanation: violence, language, horror images, slime and gore.
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