Reviewed by: Douglas Downs
What does the Bible say about intelligent life on other planets? Answer
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VIOLENCE—How does viewing violence in movies affect families? Answer
|Featuring:||Sanaa Lathan (Alexa Woods), Raoul Bova (Sebastian de Rosa), Lance Henriksen (Charles Bishop Weyland), Ewen Bremner (Graeme Miller), Colin Salmon (Maxwell Stafford), Tommy Flanagan (Mark Verheiden), Joseph Rye (Joe Connors), Agathe de La Boulaye (Adele Rousseau), more »|
|Director:||Paul W.S. Anderson|
|Producer:||Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, Davis Entertainment, Impact Pictures, Brandywine Productions, Charenton Productions Limited, Inside Track Films (as Inside Track 2 LLP), Zweite Babelsberg Film GmbH, Gordon Carroll, John Davis, David Giler, Grace Gilroy, Wyck Godfrey, Thomas M. Hammel, Walter Hill, David Minkowski, Henning Molfenter, Thierry Potok, Mike Richardson, Matthew Stillman, Chris Symes|
|Distributor:||Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation|
“Whoever wins… We lose.”
“Earth vs. the Flying Saucers” (1956)
“Kramer vs. Kramer” (1979)
“Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever” (2002)
“Freddy vs. Jason” (2003)
We now have “Alien vs. Predator” (2004). One can only imagine what two characters Hollywood will put into the ring next. I absolutely agree with the theme of the film, “whoever wins, we lose.” Yes, that about sums it up. The studios can now take two R-rated film series and disguise them as a PG-13 release.
I expect that many fans of the original will be very disappointed with this watered down version that looks more like a SciFi channel direct-to-DVD release. I feel bad for director Paul W.S. Anderson who begged for almost 10 years to bring AVP to the big screen. 20th Century Fox will now try to combine two of their studio franchises into one picture. What makes matters worse is that Fox decided not to show or screen the finished 70 million dollar project.
The bottom line is that the studio is hoping for a hit based on name recognition alone. They are also hoping for lots of toy sales, video games, and other product spin-offs. I’m sure they are also hoping for Christmas to come early too! I’m sure that it would not hurt their bank account if another generation went out and purchased the earlier DVDs. That fact is just part of the parental dilemma we are faced with in AVP. The PG-13 video-crazed crowd will watch the film and want to see the earlier R-rated releases.
I should warn you, before we look at the content, that Anderson has made some other SciFi flops. Do you remember “Mortal Kombat,” “Event Horizon” and “Resident Evil”? The other problem is that none of the sequels of either film was as successful as the original. They all had different directors and producers. Well, as they say, on with the show.
AVP is about a “hot spot” that is discovered under the ice of Antarctica (sorry “Stargate SG-1” fans.it is not Atlantis). This is a prequel adventure and an ultra-wealthy industrialist (sound familiar) gathers a team of archaeologists, scientists, environmentalist, and, of course, a cold weather expert to investigate. Quicker than you can say “Tomb Raider,” this team discover an underground pyramid. The pyramid is full of symbols that are from the Aztecs, Egyptians and Cambodians (where is Daniel Jackson when you need him). Let’s not forget a series of highly technological chambers that must be extraterrestrial.
No SciFi film would be complete without accidentally waking up the evil alien queen. There is absolutely NO original “Alien” movie suspense. The video game generation quickly gets to see gross aliens that get in your face and pop out of chests. The film also rips off the cult-classic film “Cube” with mysterious, changing chambers.
The fights between the aliens and the predators are fairly exciting to watch, and there is very little red blood. However, although I am a huge fan of this genre, believe me when I say you can skip this one. Much of the film editing is choppy and disjointed. I can almost guarantee that the DVD release will fill in all the blanks with deleted scenes. You know the ones that would have earned this movie an R-rating.
Parents should know that Fox traded in any sex scenes for violence that is over the top. Peter Jackson’s “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy may be partially responsible for this new standard that the MPAA now condones.
My strong recommendation is to skip this one. Even if AVP wins the Box Office race, at least you won’t lose your money.
Violence: Extreme / Profanity: Heavy / Sex/Nudity: Minor
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