The financial success of 2004's "Alien vs. Predator" resulted in a 2007 sequel, going by the unwieldy title "Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem." Directed by brothers Colin and Greg Strause, it picks up where the first "Alien vs. Predator" left off: telling the story of the two titular creatures (along with a hybrid "Predalien"), which lay siege to a small town in Colorado. A number of town residents fight back in an effort to survive and destroy the monsters. Critics dismissed the film as utter rubbish, though it grossed some $120 million worldwide.
Even by the most modest horror movie standards, "Requiem" is quite dreadful. Its only saving grace is the appearance of the hotly anticipated "Predalien" hybrid--a plus among monster fans--and a decent performance by leading lady Reiko Aylesworth, playing an ex-soldier who rallies several townsfolk to her side during the monsters' attack.
In addition to an overall nasty tone (topped by a sequence in which a pregnant woman is infected with alien eggs and devoured from within), "Requiem" fails on all but the most basic technical levels. The film is murky and dark, presumably intended to create a suspenseful mood, but often obscuring the very monsters people paid to see.
"Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem" has nothing to recommend it: it's a cheap, ugly cash-in on a once-vibrant series of franchises. Monster fans--even the most undemanding ones--can do much better with almost anything else on the video rack.
Mania is the premiere online destination for fans of science fiction, fantasy, horror, and anime entertainment. It is the largest community offering profiles, video, science fiction movies, sci fi TV, art, sci fi comics, photos, cheats, blogs, science fiction books, forums and feedback. Mania offers insider entertainment industry info and original content for science fiction, fantasy, and horror entertainment genres including: video games, comics, gadgets, movies, television, toys, music, books, DVDs and more.