Alien Vs Predator


Reviewed by: David Haviland

Alien Vs Predator

Like last year's Freddy vs Jason, AVP aims to reach a much broader audience than its source films. Its performance at the US box office suggests that it succeeds, although this desire to please no doubt accounts for the overwhelmingly negative reviews the film has received.

AVP is set in the present, in which a team of Antarctic explorers find themselves caught in the middle of a battle between the aliens and predators in an enormous underground pyramid.

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There's no Arnie or Sigourney, of course, so the humans are led by Lance Henriksen, with the strong female role going to Saana Lathan. At least, this low-key casting allows the script to retain some mystery as to who will survive, but also demonstrates the film's confusion as to whether or not it even needs human characters.

On the one hand, this is for geeks who want to see the monsters pitted against each other. However, the filmmakers are trying to attract a family audience, so we're given a cast of squeaky clean human surrogates, making the whole thing feel not unlike Jurassic Park.

As a result, AVP won't satisfy anyone. Nonetheless, it is visually impressive, consistently entertaining and sequels are already planned.

Reviewed on: 23 Oct 2004
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Alien vs Predator, with man in the middle.
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Director: Paul WS Anderson

Writer: Paul W S Anderson, Dan O'Bannon, Ronald Schusset

Starring: Sanaa Lathan, Raoul Bova, Lance Henriksen, Ewen Bremner, Colin Salmon, Tommy Flanagan, Joseph Rye, Agathe De La Boulaye, Carsten Norgaard, Sam Troughton, Petr Jákl

Year: 2004

Runtime: 97 minutes

BBFC: 15 - Age Restricted

Country: Czech Republic / Canada / Germany / USA


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