Alien vs. Predator, or AVP for short, is a sci-fi crossover film directed by Paul W.S. Anderson (Mortal Kombat, Resident Evil). It features the acid-blooded Aliens on one side, and the high-tech Predators on the other end. Caught in the crossfire is a group of archaeologists who had nothing better to do.
AVP starts off by introducing all the human characters and the mission at hand. Their leader is a caring woman, she doesn’t want anyone to get hurt, she wants people to follow her rules, blah blah blah. Do we really need to go through all that? It’s good to set up the story and introduce the characters properly, but here it was too forced and too long. When the film was over, I did not remember the introduction scenes anyway.
There is a backstory to the rivalry between the Aliens and Predators, but the main plot of the film itself is fairly simplistic. The humans go into an unexplored pyramid, and they meet the Aliens and Predators who will in turn try to eat them up. So in AVP, the whole time you are waiting for the monsters to pop up so that the real action can start, which is a really long wait. The shot where the Alien and Predator meet for the first time in the film is really cool and I wish the film had kept that sense of wonder for the rest of the film.
AVP is not as suspenseful or scary as the first Alien movie, if that was what you were expecting. The Aliens and Predators are people in rubber suits hitting each other, which looks cartoony most of the time. The colour of the terrain is similar to that of both their bodies, so it was really hard to see what is going on. I don’t think it’s a spoiler when I say that a lot of people are going to die. This film is not as gory as previous installments, which I assume is to appeal to a wider audience. However, the film forgets that it needs to satisfy the long-time fans as well.
Despite all the jarring problems, I enjoyed Alien vs. Predator and thought that it was fairly well made on the whole. The movie has a gimmicky premise and may not contain any real meaning for people who are new to the franchise. But for movie buffs, two of sci-fi’s biggest monsters appearing together in the same frame is enough reason to give this a shot.