AVP: Alien Vs. Predator (2004)
Genre: Action Horror Thriller Sci-Fi (USA, Canada, Germany, Czech Republic, UK)
Starring: Sanaa Lathan (Out Of Time; "Nip/Tuck"), Lance Henricksen (Aliens; "Millenium")
Overview: When heat signatures are found over an Antarctic wasteland a team is sent to see what the cause is. They soon find themselves caught in the middle of a Battle Royale...
Acting: The thing about the actors is, just looking at the names you don't recognize them, but once you see who it is, you think, "Oh! That guy!". Ewen is the famous Coco Bryce of The Acid House (highly recommended), Lance Henrickson is Bishop, and the girl guide, well I don't know where she's from but she's from around. They picked em well, and directed em decent, if a little hammy, but what Action Horror isn't?
Cinematography: Special effects go a long way, my friend, and no less here. Maybe it's because the Aliens and the Predators are so cool that you're glad to watch em fight, but the temple itself is also pretty to look at, especially with all the sacklings and face-huggers running around. Good stuff, I know I was surprised too. Not enough gore!
Script: The script, you guessed it, weaker than a good drama. Still, even though trite at times it wasn't poorly written, just seemed convenient that everyone was the best expert in their field... EVER. Too bad about those miner dudes... The premise was good enough though, and gets a better than not rating.
Plot: Rootin' for the underdog as I always do, I was all about Alien getting on top. When I mean underdog I of course don't mean human, duh. Either way, the story unfold not TOO formulaically, and it wasn't one that insisted on constant and ever-shifting suspension of disbelief. That's worth points, my friend.
Mood: There's a very distinct 'tribute' feeling to this film, rather than some lame rip off. My personal favorite was Mr. Bishop, the Cybernetics mogul, yes the same Bishop who was the cyber dude in the Aliens movie. And he does this little thing with a knife jabbing between his fingers, just like that, a little aside, alone in his office. Nice touch. As for the temple itself, it was pretty good, seriously. No really I was LOOKING for bad! Looking for it. Couldn't find it!
Overall Rating: 66% (Hey, I Expected Tons Worse)
Aftertaste: Impressive eh? I don't know why I watched this, I knew it was going to be not so good. Frankly I was expecting ass. But ass isn't what I got. I got a nice little entertaining movie and I was looking for it, looking for a terrible piece of trash. I've seen some real atrocious films and this was certainly not one of them. I actually got rather excited from time to time. Hell I'd even see this again... Not that I will though...