Alien vs Predator - RequiemThursday 17 Jan 2008
Director: Colin Strause and Greg Strause
Starring: Steven Pasquale, Reiko Aylesworth, John Ortiz, Johnny Lewis, Ariel Gade and Kristen Hager.
Duration: 86 minutes
One of the few positives to come out of this movie is that the word 'requiem' is included in the title, offering hope that Twentieth Century Fox may do the decent thing and decide not to flog this dead horse any more than it already has.
The Strause brothers, Colin and Greg, take over the director's chair from Paul WS Anderson after he failed to impress with the original 'Alien vs Predator', released in 2004. The location has also changed, with the action moving from the Antarctic to a small town in Gunnison County in Colorado.
While travelling in space a predator is attacked and killed by an alien, which leads to the craft crash landing in dense forest, just outside the town. Face-hugging creatures, along with a Predator-Alien hybrid then descend on the town. Meanwhile, on the Predator's home planet, a battle-hardened - yet surprisingly clean - member of his species becomes aware of the fate that his comrade has suffered and sets off to Earth to seek vengeance.
The ensuing battle impinges on all the residents of the town, but we only come into close contact with a few of them. Dallas (Pasquale) is an ex-convict who has returned home to prevent his younger brother Ricky (Lewis) from making prison-time a family tradition. Aside from delivering pizzas for a living, Ricky's other main occupation sees him trying to win the affections of Jesse (Hager).
Kelly (Aylesworth) is a US marine who has just come back from a tour of duty in Iraq to find that her daughter has growth distant in her mother's absence. Sheriff Eddie Morales (Ortiz) is an honest local cop who finds himself completely out of his depth.
The brothers Strause come up with a reasonable sci-fi action flick here, but it lacks sufficient quality to not be considered a further dilution of the legacy of these two great creatures.
There is nothing here that we haven't seen or heard before, and the timing of its release leaves it the shadows of some of the Oscar quality films on show at the moment.
With its average actors, sub-par script and its almost irritating predictability, 'Alien vs Predator - Requiem' amounts to little more than an exercise in movie-making by numbers. Watchable it may be, but it is far from inspiring.