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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem is the 2007 sequel of the franchise. The violence is constant and unrelenting. While there are the expected scenes of the aliens and predator boring through chests, attacking faces, and impaling any and all victims (with plenty of blood and gore in each attack), that's only the beginning. Young children watch their parents get killed by the aliens and the predator; parents are torn up, lose limbs, scream in agony as they suffer horrible deaths. In a hospital, an alien enters a pregnancy ward, sucks the babies out of the mothers, then implants their own babies inside their wombs. Heads are blown off and smashed. A police officer is found dead in the woods, hanging upside down and skinned. Extended battles between humans and the invaders, with guns, machine guns, and lasers. Profanity regularly used, including "motherf--ker" twice and "f--k" used several times. Female teen character starts to remove her clothes in front of a teen boy, reveals bra and panties; they start to make out but stop when the bullies, and, later, aliens attack. A bully jock-type beats up one of the lead characters, then takes his truck keys and throws them into the sewer grate. This same bully, in a later scene, while talking about his ex-girlfriend, says that he "taught the slut everything she knows." Lead character makes a homophobic joke concerning a "sausage lovers pizza." Some drinking.
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What's the story?
ALIENS VS. PREDATOR: REQUIEM begins where the previous film ended, as the Predators' ship heads home with Alien lab samples. An Alien bursts through a Predator's chest, producing a hybrid version that kills all the Predators aboard, sending the ship crashing into Colorado. Here the fast-multiplying intruders wreak their usual havoc -- the face-huggers infect, screechy little Aliens explode from chests, and big Aliens kill everything. Then one Predator arrives from Predator Planet to hunt the Aliens and save Earth -- though he's more than willing to kill, skin, and de-spine any humans who approach him with weapons. The human characters that survive long enough to have names include townie sheriff Eddie (John Ortiz), returning Iraq war veteran Kelly (Reiko Aylesworth) and her young daughter (Ariel Glade), just-released ex-con Dallas (Steven Pasquale), and his pizza delivery-boy brother (Johnny Lewis). They don't know that their fate is entwined with that of the Predator, who means to "clean up" the Aliens (indicated by his use of a blue liquid that dissolves all evidence). Neither do they imagine that their own government isn't exactly looking out for them.
Is it any good?
Without Sanaa Lathan, the sequel to Alien vs. Predator lacks a crucial emotional center. Instead, it delivers lots of gore and several flimsy main characters, none of whom ever quite understands what they're up against.
Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem not only lifts themes from the Alien and Predator series, it actually steals well-known scenes from its parent franchises, from the Alien's drippy jaw to the Predator's removal of his high-tech helmet for the big showdown. As usual, the Aliens are slapdash in their rampaging, and the Predator is relatively moral, holding to strict rules of hunting. Unfortunately, the humans are also rather slack, providing cardboardy background for the main action -- which is consistently dark-shadowed, loud, and gooey.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about what makes a movie scary. Why do some succeed, and some fail? Do you think Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem is scary? Why or why not?
How is this movie similar to and different from the franchises that it was spun off from? Do you think the aliens are meant to represent any specific threat in the real world? If so, what? Are they standing in for terrorists (as referenced in the film)?
How do cliches make movies less enjoyable? What are some examples of cliches in this movie?
- In theaters: December 25, 2007
- On DVD or streaming: April 14, 2008
- Cast: Reiko Aylesworth, Shareeka Epps, Steven Pasquale
- Directors: Colin Strause, Greg Strause
- Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
- Genre: Science Fiction
- Run time: 86 minutes
- MPAA rating: R
- MPAA explanation: violence, gore and language.
- Last updated: September 21, 2019
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