It would not surprise me if none of the actors had stared in earlier films. The serviceable acting of avp1 is better than this, and there's no Sigourney or Arnold to save the cast. The lighting is, to be perfectly honest, crap, and makes it difficult to see things even at day. While many deaths were entertaining, some were just off putting, andythe plot is very simple. However, this is probably one of the most suspenseful flicks in the franchise, has some nice action, and the soundtrack is very, very good. Overall, its not bad, and better than avp or alien resurrection. But predator 2 and Prometheus are better by a significant fraction, and most of the other films by miles. Thank god this film is entertaining enough.