Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem

Movie review by
Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media
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More violent, bloody extraterrestrial mayhem.
  • R
  • 2007
  • 86 minutes

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 8 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 43 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

No positive messages. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

No positive role models. 

Violence

Typical Aliens-style violence includes chests exploding, teeth ripping flesh, acidic blood burning human faces. Standard Predator business includes hunting prey, shooting with lasers. A small boy watches his father get attacked by an alien and cries in terror; the father's arm falls off, and after the boy is also attacked, both of their chests explode to "birth" toothy, hissy little aliens. A small girl sees her father assaulted by an alien who crashes through her bedroom window and rips him up. An alien enters the pregnancy ward, sucks babies out of women, and implants its own babies inside; a later scene shows their bellies bursting open bloodily to reveal little aliens. Police officer is found dead, hanging upside down from a tree and skinned. Other images include a space ship crashing, heads blown off or shot through with Alien's penetrating jaw, a girl pinned to a wall by Predator's throwing star, bullies hitting and kicking Ricky, shooting at the aliens that produces blood and burning flesh, and blood all over. Alien-Predator fights feature punching, kicking, biting, shooting, throwing bodies against/through walls. Nuclear explosion kills some protagonists. A bully beats up one of the lead characters and throws his truck keys into the sewer grate. 

Sex

Some women's T-shirts show cleavage. Brief flirtation between teenagers leads to invitation to "go swimming": girl removes her top to reveal lacy black bra and boy-short underpants. They kiss passionately, interrupted first by bullies, then aliens. 

Language

"Motherf--ker" used twice. "F--k" used several times. "A--hole," "bitch," "s--t," "d--khead," "Jesus Christ." A joke about a "sausage-lover's pizza" is meant to suggest that the boy who ordered it is gay. In reference to his ex-girlfriend, a jock bully type says that he "taught the slut everything she knows." 

Consumerism

GMC truck. Papa John's. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

A couple of scenes show protagonists in a bar with drinks. Teens drinking beer while watching television. Two clerks in a sporting goods store admit to being "stoned." Homeless men drinking in a tunnel. 

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. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byMovieLover4Lyfe October 26, 2010
Horrible, horrible movie. No child should be let near this movie. No adult for that matter...it's that bad.
Adult Written bysmileyveile April 9, 2008
Kid, 10 years old September 12, 2010
way to much blood and langauge.action scenes are awesome not as good as the first one
Kid, 9 years old April 1, 2010
awesome i like the part when that guy gets his head blown off soooooooooooo cool

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? 

Movie details

For kids who love sci-fi

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