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Sci-Fi - Aliens

Aliens vs Predator 2: Requiem (2007)

Duration1h 34m
RatingsUK: 15, USA: R, Saudi Arabia : R12, France :12
Source of storyThe concept based on the previous film, and the monsters on all the previous films.
DirectorThe Brothers Strause
Writers/ScriptShane Salerno (Aliens Dan O’Bannon, Ronald Shusett) (predator Jim Thomas, John Thomas)
StarringTom Woodruff Jr., Ian Whyte, John Ortiz (and a bunch of YV actors)
RatingsIMDb: 4.7 by 114,811 people. Rotten Tomatoes: 12% by 77 reviewers.

Elevator Pitch: You remember that after Aliens vs Predator the Predator’s space craft took off for the home planet? Well, it never made it. It crashed into a forest near an isolated Colorado community, releasing face huggers and aliens, including a strange hybrid into the wild. The crash prompts  return to earth of a senior Predator who starts to clear things up, unfortunately not often distinguishing between aliens and humans. Meanwhile a pizza delivery man is being bullied by three young men because the girlfriend of one fancies him, and fortunately a female soldier with extensive military skills returns home to her family.

Content: Pizza boy and the girl who fancies him get down to their underwear beside the school swimming pool, but are interrupted by an alien in the water. He and a friend also spend time wading about in the sewers because a bully threw his pickup keys down a drain. But mainly aliens and the Predator roaming about in the town, whose electricity supply has been cut off ensuring that we are straining to see what is happening in more or less total darkness. The citizens who we have been following get to arm themselves and shout a lot, while many unnamed townspeople have aliens burst out of their stomachs.

A View: Apart from anything else this film featured two things which always put me off, most of the action in darkness and people shouting a lot. The film was nominated for “Biggest Disappointment of the Year” in the Golden Schmoes and “Worst Prequel of Sequel” in the Razzies. Like others I welcomed the proposal of the American military that they drop a strategic nuclear device on the town to sort matters out. Actually I quite liked the first film which was ingenious, but this one! Definitely not a watch even for died in the wool aficionados.

Additional Info: Tom Wooruff, the actor who plays the Predator, is actually seven feet tall. He has therefore played a number of very tall people – or things.

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