AVP: Alien vs. Predator

2004

Action / Adventure / Horror / Sci-Fi / Thriller

236
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 21%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 39%
IMDb Rating 5.6 10 172868

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Cast

Tommy Flanagan as Mark Verheiden
Carsten Norgaard as Rusten Quinn
Sanaa Lathan as Alexa Woods
Colin Salmon as Maxwell Stafford
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701.10 MB
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PG-13
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1hr 41 min
P/S 8 / 62
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23.976 fps
1hr 41 min
P/S 16 / 87

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by TheMovieDoctorful 9 / 10

The Most Underrated Alien Film (And My Personal Favorite)

The original Alien vs. Predator film is my favorite Alien movie. Note that I didn't say it was the best Alien movie (Even I wouldn't dare call this a better film than Alien or Aliens), but it is easily, without a doubt, my personal favorite entry in the franchise. It's easily its most underrated entry, far exceeding the expectations of a PG-13 crossover film with much more to offer than the intriguing premise of a fight between 80s monster icons. AvP: Alien vs. Predator is a film made with surprising levels of care in its characterizations, acting performances, themes and visual direction and it's a far better film than it has any right to be.

Of course, that PG-13 rating will always be a nuisance when dealing with a crossover between 2 legendarily brutal and violent film franchises. You can tell the film is significantly holding back on its violence, and while AvP is still able to retain a surprising sense of dread and suspense despite this, I can't help but feel that there is a truly scary movie underneath all the heavy censorship. The action scenes, while impressive, do tend to get somewhat ridiculous and nonsensical at times. Not Kong: Skull Island nonsensical, nowhere near that level, but still somewhat silly.

The beautiful Sanaa Lathan's performance as Lex Woods is absolutely incredible. In fact, I may actually prefer her performance and character to Ripley of the original series. She commands such a powerful screen presence and authority on her vocal delivery and her facial acting is beyond exceptional. Lathan is an incredibly convincing crier and scenes that require her to be emotionally tormented or horrified are some of the best performed in the entire franchise. Lathan's arc from cautious bystander, helpless to save her teammates from violent death, to strong warrior couldn't be written better and Lathan's switch in the 3rd act into a more angry, fearless character is performed with such passion and conviction. I fully believe that this is the kind of battle-tested fighter who could take on an Alien Queen with nothing but a spear and a chain by the end of the film. AvP is noticeably interested in the concept of how leaders watch from the sideline, while heroes out their lives on the line against even the most insurmountable odds of failure. Lex begins a leader and ends a hero, largely through witnessing the strength of her employer, Weyland.

Speaking of, Lance Henrikson (Recently discussed in my review of Pumpkinhead) is almost as excellent as the aging industrialist Charles Weyland. He subverts much of the expectations one would have for this kind of character; a billionaire industrialist, and descendant of the notoriously ruthless Michael Weyland. Bishop is fearless, proactive, bold and motivating and Henrikson does a wonderful job capturing the aging Weyland's strength, humanity and "never say die" spirit. His noble sacrifice to help Lex and Sebastian escape was a genuinely saddening moment, but no other end would seem more appropriate for such a hero.

A big reason why I love AvP so much is its themes of sacrifice and just how selfless and sacrificing these characters are. Lex, Weyland and Sebastian, all seemingly ordinary people, are fully ready to give their lives for one another on the expectation that the same would be done for them. There's a real camaraderie to them, a sense of heroism that's not only lacking in most casts of the Alien films, but in the casts of most team ensembles in general. Even the seemingly ruthless Predator Scar goes through a rather satisfying arc from lone wolf to loyal and sacrificing hero through his time spent witnessing Alex's heroism. Odd as it sounds, his borderline romantic interactions with Lex are genuinely satisfying. There's a weird chemistry there in a sort of "Beauty & the Beast" kind of way and both Sanna Lathan and Ian Whyte play it surprisingly well in their body acting. Also, kudos to AvP for being the first Predator film to actually give us a Predator with a personality in the oddly comedic Scar, small character moments like his prank on Lex or his cocky scoff at a ferocious chestburster are rather charming.

The special effects work is still stunning to this day. Those who watch the film now may be surprised at just how much practical effects work was done on this project rather than CGI and it certainly pays off. The Predators and Aliens hardly ever look fake, yet the film never has to sacrifice much in the way of speed to make their fights look natural. It gets to the point where I almost have to look for shots of them that look bad.

I'm no Paul W.S Anderson fan, but his visual direction here is absolutely incredible. The dusty, shadowy halls of the ancient temple maze work much in the same manner as an especially effective Haunted House; Gothic, claustrophobic and with the added danger of constantly shifting surroundings making escape almost impossible. The very limited use of music and nail biting sense of tension and pacing that Anderson stages his kills with are as chilling and creepy as those of any R-rated Alien film. Anderson's shots of the majestic, seemingly endless expanse of Antarctica have such a beauty, even an artistry, to them. They almost feel more out of a Discovery nature documentary than an Alien or Predator film.

AvP: Alien vs. Predator is nowhere near the disaster it's made out to be, nor is it the brainless, soulless video game it's been unfairly maligned as. It's well acted, has strong characters and themes, gorgeous direction and excellent cinematography. For my money, it's the 3rd best Alien film. It's certainly 100 times better than either of the pretentious, nonsensical Alien prequels that Ridley Scott cranked out. (I'm picking Paul W.S Anderson over Ridley Scott. Hell is having a snow day.)

Reviewed by zumo-16908 7 / 10

Pretty good for what it is

Some say that AVP is silly and that the plot is thin, and they are right, but this movie is not about realism or story depth. Its an action movie where people are hunted by terrifying monsters and get killed without discrimination. This is a slight depart from the original Alien movie and Predator movie which had a more serious tone, so i understand why some may be disappointed by AVP. But if you expect a solid no-brainer action movie that entertains the viewers with suspense and action without taking itself too serious, then you get exactly that. It is a joy to watch all the right people get killed and the right people survive their encounter with the aliens and the predator. The main character is actually quite likable. Its not like in Prometheus, where you'd grow increasingly apathetic with each silly decision made by the characters.

Reviewed by rambofan4life 7 / 10

A true follow up to "Aliens" mythological ark mixed with horror and sci-fi suspense

To me this is a real true follow up to "Aliens" mythology and story arc. It is improvement over disgusting horrendous Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection. I have enjoyed this movie more then the last 2 movies, it is fast pacing goes quickly around. I like this film not love but I like it. It is not the best one or the greatst one but it is decent and a good movie. AVP: Alien vs. Predator (2004) is field with horror and science fiction suspense that work in the movie.

Directed and written was from Paul W.S. Anderson who previously directed Mortal Kombat and series of Resident Evil. I think the man did a good job making this movie. This movie deserves more than 5.6 it is at least better than Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection. It is decent, fascinating, filed with horror, sci-fi and little action.

The design and CGI effect for xenomorph queen was correctly the mythology was right. Aliens did laying eggs and make a nest. The design for Alien creatures was right. I think they did it right with this movie. Tom Woodruff Jr. playing "The Alien" trough whole movie did a right excellent job. This are the Aliens that were portrayed in James Cameron's Masterpiece Aliens (1986). That is why I enjoyed seeing Alien creatures portraying correctly in this movie. They did right with this movie because Alien creatures did act the like they did in Alien and Aliens.

Predator design and CGI effect was closely enough but nothing can top the original Predator (1987) Kevin Peter Hall the original actor who played Predator creature. Ian Whyte did a good job as The Predator but he is no Kevin Peter Hall. Ian Whyte in my opinion is much better Predator than Derek Mears, Carey Jones, and Brian Steele in Predators (2010). Ian Whyte is also much better Predator than Brian A. Prince as the New movie The Predator (2018) from Shane Black.

Alien and Predator fight each other that is the best thing in the movie and does not drag it goes quickly around.

The story is set in Antarctica just like (John Carpenter's "The Thing") a team of archaeologists and other scientists find an ancient pyramid buried in Antarctica. But soon the make a terrifying discovery: two alien races engaged in an-all out war. Whoever wins we lose. From the actors Lance Henriksen is in this movie he is a legend to me from James Cameron The Terminator too Aliens too Hard Target too AVP: Alien vs. Predator. He did a fine job playing his character. Sanaa Lathan is excellent as Alexa Woods I am really wondering to what happened to her character.

On Blu-ray disc there are two version one is theatrical the other version is extended unrated cut. I only watch theatrical cut because it goes fast paced around. You have also a slasher death scenes a little gory not much but I like it. They did it right with this movie and it is a true follow up to "Aliens" mythological ark mixed with horror and sci-fi suspense.

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