Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem (2007) Director: The Brothers Strause
Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem is a surprisingly sinister and dark movie (both visually and thematically). At many points, the screen is so dark it’s impossible to see what is happening. Nevertheless, there is plenty of chaotic violence –children, pregnant women, and other innocents are massacred as the events of this movie follow directly from the conclusion of the first movie. Now, a new hybrid Predator-Alien (“predalien”) has ripped forth and is causing havoc around Gunnison, CO after the Predator crashlands. This leads a solo Predator assassin named “Wolf (a la Pulp Fiction) to head for Earth in order to clean up the situation. We follow a group of high schoolers who struggle to escape the carnage. In the end, a nuclear bomb is detonated by the government to prevent the creatures from escaping into broader society. However, in the end the helicopter crashes and the film is set-up for yet another sequel involving the Yutani Corporation.
Needless to say, I thought this movie was wholly forgettable –yet another blatantly hollow cash grab from 20th Century Fox. And now, after finally suffering through this ridiculous carnival in the two Alien vs. Predator movies, I have at last completed the entire Alien series as well as the core Predator saga.