Justin's Review of AVP - Alien Vs. Predator
AVP - Alien Vs. Predator(2004)
Well, having seen AVP today, I thought I'd give my thoughts on it. Overall, it wasn't as bas as it could have been, but wasn't as good as it should have been. When it worked, it [b]worked[/b], but sadly those moments were sprinkled amidst long moments of boring dialogue. I'll break it down to bullet points for the sake of clarity.
* The story was actually okay. I like the [i]concept[/i] of ancient Predator influence on long ago civilizations. The execution of that story wasn't all that great, but the idea of it works. I've always been a sucker for the whole "Chariots in the sky" type of thing.
* The special effects rocked. I could barely tell the CGI bits, and most of it looked to be good ol' men in suits. The Aliens and the Predators looked fantastic.
* No nu-metal. If there was any, I can't remember it.
* The alien on alien combat was as good as I'd hoped it would be. I wish the cuts had been longer and we could have seen a bit more brutality in the fights, but what we did get was still great. I really got a sense, when an Alien and a Predator would square off, that these were two titans ready to throw down. The LFE gave a great sense of weight when bodies would drop and blows would land. I have to say again, the aliens all looked great. I especially liked the look of the hero Predator (meaning, the main one, the one that got the most screen time). He looked like a serious badass motherfucker. Watching him hand out a beatdown was thrilling.
* Sadly, there just wasn't enough of that. It takes [i]forever[/i] for the combat to begin, and when it does it's too sporadic. The last bit of the movie is pretty relentless, but there should have been much much more Predator and Alien fighting. Most, if not all, of the backstory and such could have been done more quickly. Or, if they had to keep all that in, then at least tack on another twenty minutes or so of more fighting. We came to see Aliens versus Predators goddammit.
* The humans. Ugh. Boring. Only one of them was worth their screen time, and it wasn't Lance Henriksen. He was okay, but his seemed like more of an extended cameo role than anything else. Either he should have been more a part of the action, or he should have just waved goodbye to the explorers he'd hired and let that be that. He wasn't bad, mind you. He just didn't add much value to the picture, and I expect more from him. The rest were pretty boring too, and you could practically [i]see[/i] the red shirts on them (Star Trek fans will know what I'm talking about). But the lead actress was pretty good, so at least we humans had [i]one[/i] decent rep.
Really, that's about it so far as negatives go. Had I written the movie, of course some things would change and would have been done differently, but the story was adequate enough to explain the reason for why the Aliens and Predators are on Earth and why they're fighting. I just wish there had been more of that fighting. When it was happening, I was grinning from ear to ear and having a blast. When it wasn't, and that was most of the time, I was just waiting for it to happen again. Next time, MORE FIGHTING, dammit!
I guess in the end I'd have to give AVP a 7 out of 10. Had the film been in the hands of a more competent or serious action director, someone more familiar with the material such as McTiernan or Cameron, then I think this movie could have blown my ass away. Hell, just thinking about a James Cameron version is giving me wood. But P.W.S. Anderson does okay with it. Let's just hope that next time, should there be a next time, they'll give us more of what we want: nonstop rampant and brutal xenocide.