Title: Alien VS Predator: Requiem (2007)
Rating: 4 out of 5
Tagline: “This Christmas there will be no peace on Earth.”
My Tagline: “A requiem of Predalien head explosions.”
Favorite Quote: “Directed by the Brothers Strause.”
Plot Synopsis: Picking up right where the last one left off an Alien/Predator hybrid or “Predalien” sends a Predator vessel crashing into Earth near the little Colorado town of Gunnison. Before the ship goes down the Predators aboard sent out a distress call that makes it back to the Predator homeworld and reinforcements are dispatched, in the form of one dude that the makers of the movie refer to as "The Wolf." It isn’t long before the Predalien beast and it's "facehuggers" start trouble by impregnating a hunter and his son as well as some bums living in these drainage tunnel things. Not only does this process kill the hosts but it also brings to life those familiar xenomorphs from the Alien movies. Why aren’t they also illegitimate Predalien love children? You tell me. The Predator, the wolf one, makes it to Earth in record time and begins his hunt. After salvaging some weapons from the crashed vessel the Predator gets down to business and the hunt is on. From there on the poor humans of Gunnison are caught in the middle between one species that wants to use their bodies as hosts and another who doesn’t want the humans to be aware of their existence and has no problem blowing up their heads or skinning them alive if they are in his way.
Review: This movie is a though one because it makes you fall in love with these beautiful, complex characters and just as you really start to care and give your heart to them they get gutted, exploded, mangled, or disemboweled. It’s simply gut-wrenching. In addition to half the movie being people looking for other people out in the woods our scary Predalien monster sounds like the name of some perennial flower and looks like…well, pretty much like what you’d think a Predator/Alien hybrid would look like. (you get twice the mileage with a Predator/Alien hybrid by the way) The Predator’s equipment is so sophisticated that committing genocide against the aliens is as simple as microwaving a burrito and it slightly takes away from the terror of the previous Alien movies. Then the final melee between the guy in the Predator outfit and the guy in the Predalien outfit was such a lumbering mess that it made a fist fight between Godzilla and Mechagodzilla look like a swift-footed battle out of a Bruce Lee movie. There are some funny shots, some funny lines, some great moments, lots of head explosions and other fun gore and of course the whole thing makes almost no sense whatsoever. So overall it's a good fun-bad movie.
Questions: -What’s the deal with the Predalien being able to impregnate only already pregnant women? That doesn’t make any damn since! For one thing the stomach isn’t the path to the uterus fellas! Get yourself an anatomy book.
-Isn’t that little plasma gun the Predator had really stupid? I mean, you have to sit there and let in charge up while these quick and agile aliens are running circles around you. I’ll take a good old fashioned, rapid-fire, extremely customizable, human-made gun any day. And wasn’t his targeting system a little simple? And at the end of the movie they basically indicated that the capture of that stupid little thing was somehow responsible for almost the entire future technological advancement of mankind. Come on!
-And what’s the deal with the “Requiem” part of the title? It makes it sound like some independent movie or student film.