Star Trek Into Darkness
A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III
With much of the action taking place at night and in the rain, it's already difficult enough to tell what's going on without the tight frames and quick cuts of the battle scenes.
If this is what the future holds for both franchises, then today's youngsters are welcome to it.
| Original Score: 2/5
Ho, ho, ho -- the joke's on anyone who pays to see this.
| Original Score: 1/4
If your ONLY complaint about Alien vs. Predator is that it wasn't graphically violent enough, then you're going to love this movie.
So lacking in imagination is this movie that the Brothers Strause and writer Shane Salerno keep scrambling back to the original movie for inspiration.
An uninventive, unexciting and ultimately ineffective follow-up ... We can only hope that the sub-title means that this moneymaking farce is finally over.
| Original Score: 4/10
Aliens VS Predator - Requiem is the second film in the over hyped and under performing crossover series, which brings nothing new to the table while tarnishing the franchises' original films.
Does Alien vs. Predator: Requiem spell the end of the dual-monster franchise? Let's hope so
Aliens vs. Predator - Requiem is literally shrouded in darkness, and the only explicable reason for this pitch-black visual schema is that the filmmakers understood it was better if no one could see the **** they were shooting.
A vile, joyless, murky, moronic, amateurish, contemptuous, numbing, unintentionally hilarious, and thoroughly diseased motion picture...a middle-finger to the paying crowd.
| Original Score: F
...wastes no money on stars, no time on plot or character, and no lighting on the set...
Now the studio has smartly served up an R-rated sequel so the blood could flow, and it does. Unfortunately, it doesn't flow with much imagination.
A worse AVP film than the first one just couldn't be made. Except that, impossibly, it has.
| Original Score: 1/10
Despite what the harsher R-rating recommends, it's not really advisable that anyone over the age of 17 see this movie.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
A movie every bit as awkward and laborious as its unwieldy, ridiculous title.
I'm left wondering why I felt like I was watching two different movies that never quite came together as a parallel arc beyond the clunky "They're all fighting personal wars" motif...
| Original Score: 1.5/4
It makes Alien Vs. Predator look like Alien or Predator by comparison.
| Original Score: 1/5
Respectable attempt to revive these two flagging franchises fares only slightly better than its predecessor, but still fails to generate an ounce of suspense or thrills.
| Original Score: 2/4
The mechanics of it are so aggravating that by the time you get to an actual throw-down, it's all but impossible to care about how poorly lit the rumble is.
None of the aliens or predators have one whit of personality or individualism, and the human actors might as well have been cardboard cutouts with empty thought-bubbles.