AVP - Alien Vs. Predator Reviews
See what I loved about AVP was that it had some of the best action out of the most recent installments to both franchises. Did the plot make sense, in some ways but there were a lot of holes. Were the characters the most remember-able? Yeah the lead Miss Woods, and Wayne, thats about it (Shout out to badass female leads!) I think the main problem is people expected this movie to tie into each franchises cannon-lore and that wasn't the aim. The point of this movie was to see Aliens and Predators duke it out to the death. The movie focused on this concept almost entirely and setup everything else to surround this concept. Badass A meets Badass B and they prove the point that Miss Woods mentioned to everyone in the beginning. How important it is to be prepared. Her preparedness to adapt and survive proved her the better of her comrades and earned her the respect she deserved. The tech the predators used was gorgeous and a much needed upgrade from the previous installments, Predator, and Predator 2. The Aliens were the antagonist in a way but I wouldn't say they were as focused on as the Predators. The sets were beautiful and the I loved the changing pyramids and some of the "wow" moments it setup. All in all I enjoy AVP each time I watch it and not because I'm a fan-boy of the lore from Alien or from Predator, but because I enjoy seeing my two favorite franchises duke it out. Its a fun movie, its not meant to be the intense thriller of either franchise but to be the answer everyone had in their minds before AVP came out, "Who would win? A Xenomorph or a Predator?"
Finally about Alien vs. Predator (2004)...Great characters (not on the level of the classics but still great), amazing effects, the Aliens looked great (again far better than Covenant's annoying CGI) they were deadly and smart. Loved the Predators Ceremonial Armor very much (most don't understand that's why they looked different than the ones from P1 and P2). Easily the possible setting on Earth for sure. Really enjoyed the atmosphere and perfect nods to the classics. I love this film.
Although I will say that I want them to make an Aliens vs. Predator film in the future with Colonial Marines on another planet, basically the movie we've always wanted one like amazing PC games like AvP 2 (2001) and the great original comic book of 1990 and most recently the Fire and Stone comics by Dark Horse.
All in all I rank AVP (2004) 6th after the first three Alien films and the first two Predator films.